615: Avoidance

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Avoidance
Hobby: seeing how many menu selections you can get someone to go through before they realize you're not an automated system and/or hang up.
Title text: Hobby: seeing how many menu selections you can get someone to go through before they realize you're not an automated system and/or hang up.

Explanation[edit]

Megan gave her number to Cueball at a party, but now doesn't want to talk to him. Because Megan works with recording voice messages at Verizon, she can with no effort put on the characteristical semi-lifeless tone of professional automated answers, and answer the phone with the "call cannot be completed"-message. Perhaps it was even she who recorded it in the first place.

The title text is a reference to Randall's Hobby series and can be interpreted as Reverse Turing test with Cueball imitating an Interactive voice response system.

Transcript[edit]

[Cueball is standing talking to friend in a chair, who is holding a phone.]
Cueball: Did you call that hot girl from the party yet?
Friend: I've been trying.
Friend: It's weird. I swear I got her the first time. But now it says the number's wrong.
Cueball: What did you say she did, again?
Friend: Voice work. At Verizon, I think.
Friend: Why?
Cueball: No reason.
[Megan is talking into a phone, in an italic voice.]
Megan: We're sorry, your call could not be completed as dialed.
Friend: Damn.
*Click*
Megan: Please check the number and try again.


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