Refrigerator shopping. Sarcasm fails me.Posted: October 29, 2009
The fridge is slowly dying. For years, it has made strange noises. It groans audibly in the night. Without warning, it makes a loud cracking sound. Neither of these things are particularly endearing, especially late at night.
We are considering pulling the plug.
There was an ad in Sunday’s paper for a refrigerator that seemed a particularly good buy. While we were out the other day, we stopped to look it over, as if we could tell something about it by doing so.
The salesman pointed out the model we were interested in and left us to conduct our examination of it. Doors were opened and closed. It was a big white box, like the old one. I don’t know what we were looking for.
Mrs. O had a question regarding delivery and approached the salesman. He offered to start the paperwork to arrange the purchase and delivery, but she told him we intended to look around a bit more. That is when it happened.
The salesman looked at me and asked ” what do I need to do to put you in this refrigerator today?” Mrs. O grinned, knowing I would have a sarcastic remark.
Nothing happened. I shrugged and said we would be back. I had too many responses. I couldn’t pick out just one. Perhaps I’m losing my touch in my old age.
When I’m buying a car and the sales person asks what he can to do put me in that car today, I understand what he is doing. Evoking the image of me driving the new car that he is trying to help me get is a positive image. That makes sense to me. I respect that.
Evoking the image of me in a refrigerator is not quite as effective. It was kind of odd. Still, I am ashamed at my inability to focus and choose a response to the question. In order to make sure my head is still in the right place, I am putting the question to you in the form of a poll. Please select the answer you think best responds to the question.