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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

(from the files) 268. the bad hearing solution

i've noticed that my hearing isn't quite what it used to be, which has become the source of a recurring problem.
i don't always comprehend what folks say to me, resulting in my embarrassment of repeated pleas to restate what they said.
but i have discovered a rather creative solution that seems to work quite effectively in most cases.

it goes something like this:

person: whe mah do blah sobmody?
me: i'm sorry, didn't quite catch that.
person: whe mah do blah sobmody?.
me: uh ha, what was the last part again?
person: blah sobmody?
rather than continue the madness, i simply smile and say "maybe", give them the time, point up the street and say, "turn right at the burger king and go a half mile. it's on the left."

that usually covers it.


Pam said...

Hah!! I do the same thing. Usually I shake my head and say, "uh huh, uh huh, right."

Then again, like my father, I believe I have acquired selective hearing.

itsmecissy said...

Reminds me of a joke:

A man was telling his neighbor, "I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me four thousand dollars, but it's state of the art. It's perfect."

"Really," answered the neighbor. "What kind is it?"

"Twelve thirty."