I saw a poster at a local high end hotel which caters to expats. It was all in English and said that a British comedy troupe was coming to do their version of ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ I was really excited as my kids LOVE that show and my friends birthday is coming up. It sounded like a perfect night out.
The poster showed two ways to make reservations. First, you could email them. But I always feel that an email reservation request goes into this internet black hole and if it’s something I really want or need I want to be able to click ‘confirm’ and know I have it. The second choice was to call. I have become really good at asking people, in Chinese, if they speak English. So when the phone was answered by a very perky young woman in Chinese I was not deterred. I asked ‘Ni shuo yingwen ma?’ Right away she switched to English and asked how she could help me. I explained I needed to know if tickets were still available for the comedy show. The conversation went something like this:
me: Are there tickets available for the ‘whose line’ comedy show this saturday?
her: Which restaurant to you want to make reservations ?
me: I want to find out about tickets to the ‘whose line’ show.
her: Whose reservations?
me: There is a comedy show at the hotel this saturday, ‘whose line is it anyway’. I want to know if there are any tickets left.
her: Comedy show? Please hold while I get someone to help me………
cue hold muzak
her helper (HH): Yes, can I help you?
me: Yes I would like to know if there are tickets to the comedy show this saturday.
HH: How many rooms do you want to reserve?
me: I dont want any rooms, I want tickets to the show.
HH; What show?
me: (now getting frustrated) The comedy show, ‘whose line is it anyway’ . I want to reserve tickets to the comedy show.
HH: You want to make corporate reservations? You want a ballroom?
me: No, thank you. I will call back.
Who needs to go to a comedy show when my life is just one big Abbott and Costello routine? LOL