Anecdot of  Confusion

Confusion happens all the time. Catch the moment, grin or laugh, just don't let yourself caught by your own confusion. 

Yang pertama kusaksikan sendiri, berikutnya adalah pengalaman orang lain.


Di gerai Halo Telkomsel, aku sedang menunggu antrean layanan CS, ketika seorang ibu dengan terengah-engah memotong antrean, langsung bertanya kepada petugas gerai.

  • Ibu: HP saya tidak bisa mengirim dan menerima sms.
  • Petugas: Halo atau Simpati, Bu?
  • Ibu: M3
  • Petugas: Oh, kalau itu Ibu harus ke Indosat, di sini Telkomsel
  • Ibu: Saya tahu, tapi saya cari-cari Indosat gak nemu.
  • Petugas: (Menyebutkan alamat gerai Indosat)
  • Ibu: Aduh, jauh amat. Tidak bisakah di sini saja?

Susah untuk tidak tersenyum, walaupun sungguh, aku merasa kasihan karena untuk ke gerai Indosat memang perlu ganti angkot dua kali. Dan tampaknya si ibu itu sudah kelelahan.


At the fish hatchery where I work, we have a small display that describes the now-extinct Michigan Grayling (a kind of fish). This summer, I had the following conversation with a tourist:

  • Tourist: "Is the Grayling still extinct?"
  • Me: "Yes sir, it doesn't exist anymore."
  • Tourist: "Any thoughts of bringing it back?"
  • Me: "No, I don't think that's possible."
  • Tourist: "Why not?"
  • Me: "Because it's extinct."
  • Tourist: "Still?"
  • Me: "Yes."

Frustrated, he left. 


My doctor's office gives each patient a card with the date of the next appointment. One lady came in with her card on August 23rd, and here's what happened:

  • Lady: "My card says to be here on the 28th at 10am, and I'm here!"
  • Receptionist: "But, ma'am, today is the 23rd."
  • Lady: "No it isn't, my card says the 28th!"
  • Receptionist: "I know your card says the 28th, but that's next Monday."
  • Lady: "No, my card says to be here on the 28th, and I'm here!"

This went on for several minutes. 


I was working in a photo store, which specializes in restoring old photographs, when a lady brought in a old picture of a man sitting behind a cow, milking it.

  • Her: "Can you fix this picture for me?"
  • Me: "Sure. What would you like us to do?"
  • Her: "Can you move the cow?"
  • Me: "Move the cow?"
  • Her: "I want to know what my great-grandfather looked like. That's him."

She pointed to the feet sticking out under the cow.

  • Me: "I don't think we can do that."
  • Her: "Just move the cow over, and we'll be able to see his face."
  • Me: "I'm sorry. We don't have the technology to do that."
  • Her(getting huffy) "Well, I guess I'll just take this somewhere else."


Happy weekend, take care, don't get lost...

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