Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Day in the Life

A real phone conversation:

Me:      Hello, I would like to make an appointment please.
Them:            Have you been here before?
             Yes, a long time ago...
                      Okay, what’s your name...
            Sharon Clark.
                      Shannon Clock?          
            No, Sharon Clark...
                      Shannon… can you spell your last name…
            SHARON… C-L-A-R-K...
            No, Clark….C-L-A-R-K, Sharon...
                     Okay, Clark.. Shannon?
            No, Sharon, S-H-A-R-O-N...
                      Ok.. what is your date of birth?
            8th of July 19.. (not giving that away) *smile*
                       September 10, 1953?
            No, July 8th 19___
                       Oh, let me look in the computer… you said your name was Shannon?
            No… Sharon *sigh*
                       I don’t see you, and you said it’s not September 10, 1953?
                       Hmmm… I don’t see you Shannon, maybe you haven’t been here before, let me put you in as a new patient…..

(*bangs head on desk*)

Arghhh…. How hard is it to understand my accent, I wonder?

I don’t know if she was just really that dumb, or if I was speaking particularly Cockney this morning.  Bloody Nora, some days I just want to drink .. a lot .. really early!!  *Sigh*


  1. I just stumbled across your blog as I was thinking of writing one similar, being a Brit in America myself for the last 5 months (soon to be living in California). This has made me laugh for the last half an hour, and this blog post in particular was so familiar to me. My husband and I constantly recount telephone conversations we've had as they just seem too stupid to be true! I'm now following your blog and have shared with my other fellow Brits abroad.

  2. Hello and welcome to America! I've just sat and read your entire blog and it's bringing back so many memories. (Only I didn't have all the wonderful opportunities to travel like you). I have put you on my 'to read' list and will continue to follow your adventure! :-)

  3. Aw thanks. I'm currently working on another blog similar to yours. I wanted to write a less personal blog, more about my thoughts of living in America rather than one about me and what I've been doing. Plus I can't work here yet so it will give me something else to do! Anyway, I'll see how it goes and share the link with you once I get going with it.

    Where about's in California do you live? We will soon be in Hanford, in the foggy and smelly central valley!

    1. I'm the other side of Los Angeles to you - in Riverside. I do know Hanford though, I've been through there a few times. Looking forward to your new blog :-) Next time you come to LA, maybe we can arrange a meet up