Saturday, March 20, 2004

Subterranean Homesick Blues 

Email to Girlfriend:
19/03/2004 15:54
Do you have Pete Sunderland’s number?

Reply from Girlfriend:
19/03/2004 16:07
Is he the decorator? If so, no. It’ll be at home somewhere.

Reply from me:
19/03/2004 16:09
It doesn’t matter. Somebody was asking but he's gone now. It can wait til Monday.
Much more important news just in. Guess what? Call Centre Confidential Bloke has acknowledged my existence!!! I'm feeling a bit giddy.
Its tucked away in one of the comments to his entries. It’s been there for days and I’ve not noticed. It says:

“I'm not bitter it's a parody. If you want to see an EXCELLENT CCC parody. Visit:
It is surely the must extreme flurry of flattery.”

I’m really pleased he’s not bitter. I thought he might be a little miffed about it. Parody / plagiarism - it’s a thin line.
I ought to drop him a line to say hi, but I’m feeling a bit star struck.
I’m not sure if I’m in a fit state to drive home just yet.

Later that afternoon…
“I’ve waited all my life to possess mystique. I’m not going to let it slip through my fingers just quite yet, thank you very much!”
“Which pump?”
Long silence. Then again, a little more forcefully:
“Which pump was it, sir?”
“The pump don’t work ‘cos the vandals took the handles.”
“Are you alright sir? Would you like me to call the manager?”
“Oh, erm… Number ten, I think. Sorry about that. I was thinking about, well… Whatever.”
“Thirty pounds?”
“That’s the one. Thanks”

There are two points we can take away from the above exchange, gentle reader:
1) Praise from your peers is everything. Even the slightest snippet of recognition from a stranger whose writing you really like can transform an already mushy brain into a veritable peat bog. It's mad.
2) Sorry, I can’t remember the second point.

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