Framing the Dialogue

Mars & Venus

I recently had the misfortune of spending four hours in a auto shop waiting room.  The real tragedy is that I took the truck in for an oil change, tire rotation, and to have an exhaust clamp replaced.  I work for a large bureaucracy with lots of systems and procedures.  One of the systems is to get preapproved for fleet repairs, schedule the work, and then have the garage fax and estimate for the work before proceeding.  I arrived at eight and the garage had my truck in the bay within 30 minutes.  The outlier was the exhaust pipe which was currently held in place by a wire hanger.  The customer service rep came out and explained that the clamp actually ripped a hole in the exhaust pipe when it failed and that they would actually have to replace the entire tailpipe.  Fortunately it was covered by warranty and would cost ZERO.  So all that had to be approved was an oil change (my tires didn’t need rotated).

I had only planned to be there an hour so I brought two hours worth of work.  I ran out of work so I read the paper.  I ran out of paper so I read my book.  I finished that book and started another book.  I got tired of sitting so I started pacing.  I started to notice the magazines lined up in the waiting room.  They definitely catered to both sexes; ESPN magazine, Redbook, Sports Illustrated, and Good Housekeeping to name a few.  The headlines were a startling contrast between men and women.  You can guess which is which is which;

  • How to never split up
  •  Snap into a good mood
  • Will tiger win another major
  • 30 days of new outfits
  • 20 ways to lose 20 lbs
  • Will MMA kill boxing
  • You’re stronger than you know
  • Will men’s us soccer ever win a world cup
  • Hair tricks to make you look younger
  • Drop the weight faster
  • The new era. Heat vs thunder
  • To hell and back – Earl Campbell
  • Future game changers
  • Heart of snowmobile country
  • Less stress better skin
  • So close to cheating
  • Why Danika Patrick will always be in the drivers seat
  • How to look more like Danika Patrick (okay I made that one up)
  • Sneaky things to sex up your marriage
  • Bye he belly far
  • Happy and confident you
  • What we talk about when we talk about women in sports

The title should probably be Men are from Mars, Women are from Pluto.  Venus and Mars are far too close together.

To finish the original story, the mechanics finished my truck about 90 minutes before getting approval for the work so I was able to leave as soon as they got the okay.


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