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25th-Apr-2006 12:31 am
There's this girl in the office that I'm actually quite nice to, most of the time, basically because she makes me laugh. Like today.

Apparently, their department secretary was out sick, and her boss asked her to fax some important contract to Hong kong. I went to get a drink of water and found her angry almost to tears at the fax machine, because it was a really, really, really important contract and the boss is going to be mad if it doesn't get done, but the fax machine is broken!"

Having just used the fax machine twice today, I knew it wasn't broken, so I figured she just might have been doing something wrong. So I decided to stand by and watch her follow the prescribed steps as taped right above the fax machine. I even checked to see if she might have been faxing the document wrong side down, which is quite understandable.

She was following the steps perfectly. The fax transmitted, we even have proof, that little piece of paper that records the transmittal. I thought it was fine, and was about to go back to my office when she stamps her foot angrily.

"See? See? I've done that six times already and the document keeps coming back!"

Sigh. She is quite pretty, but I'm not sure if that makes up for it.
25th-Apr-2006 05:42 am (UTC)
Who's roaring in your icon?

Fax machines are scary! I had to fax out something yesterday because the copy center lady wouldn't just fax it and then throw it my teacher's mail box for some reason, and it kept stopping and I was SURE I'd broken it.
25th-Apr-2006 05:52 am (UTC)
Not my icon, but I've seen it before.

If you look closely at the film version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, that added-in part where the gryffindor third-year boys are having a little party with the candies that apparently make them do animal imitations, Ronald Weasley (a.k.a. Rupert Grint) pulls the lion-flavored one.
25th-Apr-2006 05:56 am (UTC)
Yeah, at my last job I used to try to hide the fact that I didn't know what I was doing with the fax machine - "forget" to fax stuff, ask other staff to do it for me coz I was busy, etc etc. I felt a bit like Christina Applegate in "Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead" when she gets her co-worker to do all her work for her.

And dude! It's Ron, in Prisoner of Azkaban.
25th-Apr-2006 06:05 am (UTC) - Well to tell the truth...
I can repair a computer in a pinch, but my technical knowledge actually skipped the operation of fax machines and doing Powerpoint. The secretaries were always kind enough to either do them for me, or walk me through the steps (which I tried to do with her).

Except, I never expected sender fax machines to magically transport the paper away to the receiver fax machines. Maybe she just had more faith in technology than I do. :-)
26th-Apr-2006 02:43 am (UTC)
Oh, it's not braids, it's his hat! That makes so much more sense.

Yay, Ron.
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