Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Things To Do When Your Co-worker With the Indecipherably Thick Accent* Launches Into a Lengthy, Animated Monologue/Diatribe

  1. Randomly rotate between a small set of neutral interjections: "mm-hmm", "yep", "that's for sure", "wow", "huh".
  2. Laugh when he smiles.
  3. Shake your head when he frowns.
  4. Raise your eyebrows when you're not sure.
  5. Periodically say "Well…" and glance at your computer in hopes that things might wrap up soon because it's going on twenty minutes and old Muppets skits are running through your head and you're not sure how much longer you can maintain this fragile ruse and you might start laughing at that funny thing those chicken puppets are doing and your co-worker might think you're laughing at him and that would be bad.
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* Good guy. Very friendly. But my comprehension rate, honestly, is in the low double digits. And it didn't help that this was during yesterday's Still-Phlegmy Wish-It-Was-Still-Hooky Tuesday and I was slack-jaw-stupid and having a hard enough time understanding the monosyllabic utterances of my own dim brain.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:55 PM

    6. Make sure this person is the designated phone answerer at your work. Then, when you finally talk with people who have only experienced your incoherent coworker on the telephone, pretend that there is nothing at all the matter with your coworker's speech. In fact, you think this other person may have some racial acceptance issues to work through.