7 responses to “I am Clouseau”

  1. anaisdjuna

    That is Totally Hilarious!!! I am a sucker for the handset/headset switcheroo myself.

  2. smallstages

    This is adorable, though I’m sure it doesn’t feel this way.

    Seriously though — it took me three months to learn how to answer a call with my headset. The worst was that when I would try to answer with the headset, the technology would automatically put me on speaker phone, and so everyone in my office could hear the caller saying, “LAURIE? LAURIE? IS THAT YOU?”

  3. all_unnecessary

    Hang in there!

  4. catamorphism

    My contribution to the day consists of making self-deprecating jokes, attending the staff meeting, and going home early.

    Hey, this is what I contribute to my workplace a lot of days, even *with* my computer!

  5. stimps

    Explosive Pants Failure always sounds funnier than it is. I cringe in sympathy.

  6. kasheri

    My first job was in a restaurant. For some reason, things always seemed to go kablooie when the Assistant Manager was supervising. For instance:
    -a full 2-quart jar of ranch dressing slipped from my hands and landed at an appropriate angle and velocity to turn the thing into a makeshift cannon, explosively propelling the contents all over the servers’ station during the height of the rush hour.
    -a tube came loose as I filled the wine dispenser, causing burgundy to geyser across the walkway and all over the serving counter. The only way to stop it was to place my finger in the dike, but then I could go nowhere, fix nothing, nor get help. I had to stand there, shouting for help and feeling like an idiot.
    -gallons of ice tea were brewed in a tub that had previously held onions, causing me to serve many thirsty customers disgusting onion tea and causing a rush of complaints.
    -the Assistant Manager, who was a complete ass, caught a mouse, put it in a coffee pot with a bit of screen to seal it off, and then shook it at me! I am not remotely afraid of mice, but I am opposed to animal cruelty, and at 16 my work-behavior-filter was not yet firmly in place. Before I could stop myself, I literally kicked him in the ass.

    All of which is to say, I can relate.

  7. mcpino


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