The Other I

June 20, 2018

What number are you calling?

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 4:00 pm

It’s not like our earlier years when we have some clear idea of the developmental process.  It’s even different from what I call “young old.”  Getting old-old is an experience most of us have to discover for ourselves.

At least I did.

Obviously, as we move into our 70’s and 80’s we have less energy.  But one thing I wasn’t prepared for was my mistakes.  I’m not suffering from dementia, but I do make mistakes that in the past I might have called simply stupid.

But it took me some time to discover this.  I just thought other people were being stupid.

And sometimes they still are.  I run into it most often in dealing with computer systems.  Software systems, especially, might have been devised by some brilliant minds in some university bedroom.  But as banks and companies know around the world, they sometimes crash.  Or are hacked.  Or the people using the system do not share the brilliance of the original inventors.

So when I have a problem with some institution, I begin by being very nice.  I’m not sure it’s my mistake, but if it isn’t, I get credit for being patient and understanding.  And if it was my fault, at least I haven’t added to my embarrassment as a result of my little temper tantrum.

So today when I called the dentist’s office to set up my annual appointment, I was grateful for this strategy.  Because when the reception told me that Dr. Roberts has never worked there, instead of assuring her she was wrong, I said that struck me as strange.   “Are you sure,” the receptionist asked “that you are calling the correct surgery?”  Whereupon I realized I’d phoned not my dentist’s office but our doctor’s office.
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As I say, at least I hadn’t make a greater fool of myself.  We both even had a laugh together.

 

 

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  1. ” So when I have a problem with some institution, I begin by being very nice. I’m not sure it’s my mistake, but if it isn’t, I get credit for being patient and understanding. And if it was my fault, at least I haven’t added to my embarrassment as a result of my little temper tantrum.” Best strategy, I would think.

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    Comment by tskraghu — June 20, 2018 @ 5:01 pm | Reply


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