Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Reason 43,569,843,507,662,198

Despite the gray hairs and the denigration that sometimes comes our way, English teachers plod on, knowing that somewhere, some time, some how we will break through and influence our students. And why should we need to do so? Because when we get messages such as the one that follows here, we rise to save the world from mis/dis-information.

Received this morning from a company whose technician is scheduled to come to my house:

"Your technician will arrive today at 5:00 pm, between 11:00 and 2:00."


Abba's Rantings said...

what's the problem? i don't have an advanced math degree, but isn't 5pm between 11am and then 2am the next morning?

Miami Al said...

Ya know, when 3rd-4th generation American Orthodox Jews screw up prepositions, it's somehow cute. Here the Eastern European programming shop screwed up the by and wrote at, and you're upset?

It's probably a time zone issue. You have a 3 hour window, 2 PM EDT - 5 PM EDT, which is 11 AM PDT - 2 PM PDT which is where the server is probably located.

Pretty sure all the English teachers in the world won't make overseas non-native speakers perfect with prepositions.

%Shocked% said...

Abba, do you know of any technicians on the planet that come at 2 AM?My cellphone company doesn't even have Customer Service after 2 AM! (Found that out the hard way last night :'(..)

I like Miami Al's explanation :)

Funny coincidence though because I got a call from my Internet provider, also this morning with a similar message... but my automated computer dude got it right lol. "At 11, but between 11 and 2."

JS said...

In my experience just be grateful the window isn't more than 3 hours. I've been given 7 hour windows before.

The conversation went something like this:

A: The technician will be at your house between 9AM and 4PM.

Me: That's 7 hours.

A: Yes. Between 9 and 4.

Me: You can't be more specific?

A: No. This is what the system says.

Me: Well, how many service calls are scheduled before me?

A: That doesn't matter. The technician has the freedom to make his calls in whatever order he decides.

Me: Well, that's great for him, but how does that help me?

A: This is the way service calls are handled.

Me: So what am I supposed to do? Sit at home all day looking out the window? I have errands to run besides this.

A: Well, I can reschedule you for another day.

Me: Would that day have a more specific time window when the technician will arrive?

A: No.

Me: Wonderful. You've been very helpful.

G6 said...

Have you read my post from today ....?

Trudy said...

Just curious--so when did the technician finally arrive (if he arrived)?