Monday, October 4, 2010

I am awkward.

Ryan and I are attending an adoption conference in Kirtland, Ohio this weekend.  The workshops look great, and I am excited to learn all about adoption.

I didn't expect to be such a doofus on the phone when I called to reserve our hotel room.  Do you ever astound yourself with your own awkwardness?  Well, I won the prize tonight.  Here's a sample:

Receptionist:  Hello, Days Inn.

Me:  Hi, is this Days Inn?

Receptionist:  Uh, yes it is.

Me:  Oh.  Yeah, I guess you just said that.  Anyway, I'd like to make a reservation for Friday night.

Receptionist:  Okay, singles or a double?

Me:  What, like the beds?

Receptionist: Um, yes, the beds.

Me:  Well, I don't care what size the bed is, as long as two people fit in it.

(After making that comment, I realized how idiotic I sounded, and I started laughing uncontrollably.)

Me:  [Through my laughter] Sorry I am asking you such stupid questions.

Receptionist:  [No response to my apology.  No trace of amusement in her voice]  How would you like to hold that reservation?

Me:  Hold the reservation?

Receptionist:  Yes.

Me:  [Confused silence.]

Receptionist:  [Sighing] Visa, Mastercard, etc.

Me:  Oh, a Visa.

And as the unamused operator continued to process our reservation, I tried to fight back my giggles, but every once in a while, one just slipped out as I recalled myself saying, "I don't care what size the bed is, as long as two people fit in it."

Such an air head!

Does anyone else ever do stuff like that on the phone??


  1. I really can't relate. In my life, I've never said anything but smart, coherent, and really really eloquent things.

  2. I heard once of someone whose dad woke her up in the wee hours of the morning to help him make a hotel reservation in France. This girl had taken a year of high school French and was obviously an expert (still is). The hotel receptionist had said curtly in a French accent to my dad... I mean, this girl's dad... that non! he did not speak Eengleesh. So this girl gets up and proceeds to tell the receptionist that "Je voudrais un chambre." He says something to her in French. She repeats, "Je voudrais un chambre." He replies, "Okay, just speak Eengleesh."

  3. Thanks for the laugh! That was fantastic.

  4. I SO needed that laugh today.

    And it's not just you. I tend to avoid phone conversations for this very reason.

    I have gotten my own hotel room exactly once in my life, and I did it in person, and I was just as awkward. Although I didn't say anything as awesome as you did about the beds :)

  5. I laughed so hard... thanks! I too am very awkward, but not just on the phone!

  6. I've said some pretty awkward things on the phone too... I can't think of any examples at the moment though!

  7. Love it! Thanks for sharing your conversation. Too funny!

  8. this is me to a TEE! every day!!!
    i *always* say something awkward (heck! i have said some awkward things to you on the phone!)

    so cute!
    i just love you to pieces Rach!
    good luck with Conference!
    yay for babies :)

  9. If it makes you feel any better, I think she asked weird questions. Singles or doubles? Have you ever seen a hotel room with twin beds in it??

  10. Too funny. Hope you enjoy the conference.

  11. I am always a doofus like that on the phone!!! Except I sometimes get friendly people that like it. I think they get sick of grumpy people trying to talk while they check out at the grocery store and like to get someone peppy (and maybe a tad ditzy). :)


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