This chapter was to be posted one week ago, but Zeus decided to deprive me of power, and to show his strength, waited nearly one week to press the on-button again ! I mean, storm Zeus swept Brittany, blew trees and electric wires down, and we could regain electricity only last Friday evening ! I'll tell you more about that in another episode, but now, here is what you should have read last week !
That's a tip you can use, as long as your brain never short circuits. Unfortunately, mine often does ...
That's what happened last time I phoned my notary to make an appointment. I know he is always snowed under with work, and that my call would go straight to his voicemail, but I really needed him to squeeze me in. So, to make sure to emphasize the matter was urgent, I had written down my message without neglecting the smallest detail. You know how pernickety notaries can be ! But that's the mainstay of their job, and anyway, what is clearly thought out is clearly expressed.
As soon as the beep had sounded, I mentioned my name and my phone number, and recorded my message, paying attention not to mutter and talk too fast.
When I was done with my call and about to hang up, to make things less formal, I thought that something like ' Have a nice day ' would do the trick.
That's when my brain short circuited ! I said in a loud and clear voice :
" Have a nice day, honey "
Honey !! Why " honey " ?? It did not even rhyme with " day " ! To end on a rhyming note, I could have said :
" Have a nice evening, Darling ! ",or, " Good night, sleep tight ".
Come on, I'm kidding ! When I realized my blunder, I had already hung up !
What could I do ? Break into the notary's office and steal his phone ? Just nonsense !
You know what ? As the saying goes, you never change a winning team ...
Half a minute later, I phoned my notary again, and left another message begging him to forget the last words of my previous message, cause that was not what I meant.
All day long, I was in a daze, and in the late afternoon when the phone rang and I heard my notary's voice, I nearly fainted.
He just said he had understood my message (which one ?) was urgent, and that we could meet the week after. We agreed on a date, and before hanging up, he added :
" Oh, by the way, as far as I can remember, your penname is Perky
Busy Bee, isn't it ? So, let me tell you a joke :
... What does a bee say to the flower ?
... Hello honey !!
I guess you were in your garden when you left your first message.
So, don't worry, I have deleted it !
If I had been feeling more at ease at the moment, I would have replied :
Bee-hive yourself !
But, one pun too many could have ruined my day ! Definitely !
I just thanked him politely, said good-bye and hung up.
Now you know why voicemails and me are not always in good terms.
That's all for this week, folks.
Enjoy your reading and don't forget : BE PERKY !
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