[Ads-l] health = 'functioning'

Susan G Yerkes susanyerkes at UTEXAS.EDU
Sun Nov 1 13:50:06 UTC 2015


Re: anthromorphics

I recently called my cable company, Time-Warner, for assistance with a
malfunctioning "clicker" (or "digital set-top box controller" in technical
terms).

After I reached the appropriate tech person and described the problem, she
sighed and said (with a charming Southern accent):
"Umm hum..it's just lost its little mi-und."

Hook 'Em!
Susan Yerkes
(210) 857-3043
On Oct 31, 2015 8:04 AM, "Jonathan Lighter" <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On the last two occasions I've had to call my cable company for mysterious
> outages, the agents have sent a signal "to check on the health of your
> cable box."
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> JL
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