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Sacha Guitry once said, "You can pretend to be serious, but you can't pretend to be witty." Oh yes, I'm the great pretender.
(pilot episode: 20 January 2004)

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Mother Silly

They say the great Mother Lily Monteverde could carry on multiple conversations while seated at her office desk with two landlines, a cellphone or two, and people right in front of her. (The great Irma Adlawan portrayed this brilliant talent of hers to hilarious effect in a play written and directed by her husband, Dennis Marasigan, for Tanghalang Pilipino—I just forget now the title of the play.)

But sometimes Mother Lily slips.

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I was tweeting with R when he called me on my cellphone. As I flipped my SEZ610i open, the phone at my desk rang. I knew it was our office secretary calling because she had texted me earlier to clarify something. Because I knew her call was more urgent, I decided I’d take it first.

At this point, an art director approached me at my desk to discuss something.

Leaning into my cellphone on my left ear, I loudly told R: “Sorry I have to call you back, I have another call on the other line.” Meanwhile, I didn’t realize that I had already placed the receiver of my landline close to my right ear, so the mouthpiece picked up what I just said to R.

“Oh, okay,” said R, then click! “Ay sorry!” the secretary said, and then click!

“Wait—no! Not you!” I yelled into the landline, but too late. I was left with two phones humming dial tones on both ears, and my art director laughing his head off beside me.


the nomad said...

Usually, posts like this make me smile in the morning, probably during office hours.

Then again, it doesn't hurt to smile before hitting the bed.

joelmcvie said...

@THE NOMAD: Hey, I missed your cute dawg avatar!

~Carrie~ said...

it made me smile, too

Xander said...

"Ang Buhay ay Pelikula" (3rd place Palanca) written by Dennis Marasigan, directed by Frank Rivera.

(it helps that my officemate was also a cast member of the rerun, replacing John Arcilla!)


joelmcvie said...

@XANDER: Muchas gracias, Xander. I wonder who your officemate is. I also wonder why the need to shout out your name, Khan!


cant_u_read said...

so whom did u call back first?

joelmcvie said...

@YOUR ROYAL RYENESS: Neither, I slapped my art director first to shut him up. CHOZ! Siyempre the secretary.

cant_u_read said...

ay hindi yung the boy? :-(