Saturday, August 26, 2006

great moments at the office #4328967

Actual phone conversation at St. C's this week:

Caller: "Is (insert name of former Rector here) available?"
Office Administrator: "I'm sorry, he's retired, can I help you?"
Caller: No, I'll call back later."

We must be operating with different meanings of the word "retired."


At 5:31 PM, Blogger Songbird said...

That is very funny!

At 7:26 PM, Anonymous anita said...

Recently I fell walking from the parking garage to the office. As I'm sitting on the sidewalk trying to overcome the pain of a very sprained ankle, at least 2 people walked by and ask "did you fall"? I wanted to say "no the sidewalk's warm and my bottom's cold" Here's your sign......
Not quite the same but your post reminded me of that0---I refuse to be responsible for my free associations!

At 3:45 PM, Blogger James said...

I know it's common to say "I'll retire for the night", but it's hard to believe someone thought you meant it that way.

At 12:56 PM, Blogger Questing Parson said...

Too much. This is better than, "Hello, can you talk?"

At 7:08 PM, Blogger stephen clark said...

That's a good one. But there is a sense in most parishes that there was only ever one true Rector(Vicar or PP) even though he be dead, retired or long gone.
One Anglo-Catholic Parish in this Diocese (Adelaide, South Australia) still venerates the memory of the original Rector as though he were recently retired.
He died in 1932.
To be fair the current Rector sort of revived his memory a bit, but we do have to get it clear about when we actually live!!

At 12:19 AM, Anonymous Wonderland Knitter said...

Too funny!


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