How Does Your Spouse Feel About Computers?
I found a message recently on my tape from a woman who said she had a question,
and who asked me to call her back.
When I did, her husband answered the phone and said she was gone for the afternoon.
I asked if he knew what her question might have been.
"You mean a question about computers?" he said.
"Hey - you're talking to a guy who has a bumper sticker on his car that says:
Computer Illiterate & Proud Of It"
He had his wife call me back later.
Joel and Audrey
As for my "one's interested and one's not" clients, I've found that it's usually the wife who's into computers.
However, I remember rather vividly a husband who'd been trying for over a year to get his wife interested in the PC he'd bought - but to no avail. When he first asked me to come by for tutoring, Joel felt sure that I could get Audrey interested - but she refused to come into his "computer den."
Then Joel called one day, and whispered, "Audrey's in a good mood this morning - and if you could come right now I'm sure we could get her to take a look and try it out."
When I rang the bell, Audrey opened the door and looked surprised to see me. However, Joel was right behind her, saying, "Don's got some real interesting stuff to show us, honey. Come on - you'll like it, and it won't take very long."
Audrey gave Joel a long look as she stepped aside to let me in. Joel and I went into the den, as he called over his shoulder, "Come on, honey - you gotta see this."
No reply. So Joel went back to get her.
"Audrey," I could hear him calling, "Honey - where are you?" It was then I heard a car start and back quickly out of the garage.
I heard the front door open as Joel yelled, "Honey - where ya going?" The door finally closed and Joel walked back in with a defeated look on his face.
"Well," he said, "maybe next time."
Nope - the last I heard, Audrey was still staying resolutely out of that room.
I NEED MY WENCH!
Wife Number "?"
I was doing some part time work for a lady who did desktop publishing in her home, when I spotted a familiar name on the ad layout she was doing. I mentioned that the man had lived across the street from me a few years earlier.
"Really?" replied my employer. "Well, guess what - Aaron's wife Julie will be here to pick up the artwork in a little while."
I'd heard that Aaron had been divorced after moving to another part of town - and was now rather curious to see what his new wife was like.
The woman arrived a few minutes later. My boss said hello to her, and then motioned toward me, saying, "I guess you know Don."
Julie gave me a quizzical look and said, "Why would I know Don?"
"Oh -" replied the other woman, "well, Don said he used to live across the street from Aaron."
"I see," said Julie. "What street do you live on, Don?"
When I told her, she just shrugged and said, "Oh, well - that was three wives ago."