Mountain View, CA - A fortunate phone call saved Lisa Hsu from a
protracted tedious conversation with Nathan Schrock - geeky co-worker. Nathan
and Lisa recall their thoughts during this conversation....
Lisa: I saw him approaching and I tried
to look busy, but unfortunately I had just sat down with my coffee
and bagel. He wasn't fooled.
Nathan: Nice try. I could tell she was just
pretending to be busy, I had just followed her from the cafeteria,
so I knew she was vulnerable. I opened up with 'So did you
see Babylon 5 last night?'
Lisa: When he mentioned Babylon 5 I started
to panic, it was bad enough that he spent 10 minutes yesterday reciting
Monty Python quotes. 'Bring out your dead, Bring out your dead.' Ugh! I
started to look for a way to escape.
Nathan: She had reason to panic, I had blocked
her only escape route and I was feeling loquacious. There was
no way out.
Lisa: I contemplated feigning diarrhea or
nausea which wouldn't have been too hard, given I felt both coming
Nathan: She looked like she was getting sick
so I went for the kill. I mentioned the Minbari Ambassador
and I thought I heard her yelp.
Lisa: He said 'minbari" and my intestines
twisted. The room started spinning. I stared at the
monitor to keep from falling off of my chair, and that's when the
Nathan: Her eyes lit up when the phone rang,
but I wasn't going to let a phone call stop me. I was in for
the long haul. I could wait.
Lisa: He kept standing there while I was
on the phone, I had to keep the conversation going. The customer
hung up. I kept talking.
Nathan: I suspected that she may just be
talking to the dial tone. I get that a lot. I wasn't
Lisa: I didn't know how much longer I could
go on. I think he knew I wasn't talking to anyone. The
awkwardness began to build.
Nathan: Damn my pager. 911 from accounting. Those
Lisa: Sweet Jesus, his pager. I'm saved! I'm
Nathan: I'll be back.
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