Wednesday, July 13, 2005

There May Be a Stupid Question

Some say there are no stupid questions. That may be so, but there certainly are questions that can make one look stupid. Example. We go out July 11 to a pharmacy to pick up a prescription for Ben. It's a chewable tablet. The pharmacy tech asks us the child's birthdate, which my wife provides her. The tech then says, "We have July 11." My wife, feeling fairly confident in her memory of the day she pushed a bowling ball out of a milk jug, informs her that her records are wrong. My wife corrects her, says again that it was July 2, and then the woman behind the counter asks, "Of 2005?"

(crickets) (crickets) (crickets)

"Yes, he's a week old, so we figured a chewable tablet would be the best way to go -- here's your sign," would have been the memorable thing to say, but my wife held back. I've said things without thinking in the past, and some of those things made me look a bit stupid, but come on.

The woman probably was just a casualty in an avalanche started that morning when somebody entered him as a new record in their system, and typed that day's date in the birthdate field. Oh well.


Anonymous said...

There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers. However, I cannot, at the moment, think of the stupid answer to this one.

Alvis said...

Remember, there are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.