The IT problem aka bloody computers

This is an activity from the A215 Creative Writing Course that I’m doing with the OU. The idea is to recall an argument that I’ve had with someone, and to write about the quarrel from my opponent’s point of view using third-person limited omniscience. (8.1 part 1) … disclaimer: most of this is embellished (honest!)

My God, he is so impatient! Why offer to help someone when he doesn’t listen to what they have to say. Only last week Sean offered to help with a computer problem, but within five minutes it was obvious to anyone with eyes and ears that his face was reddening, his voice was an octave higher, and his sentences were becoming more abrupt. He continued on in this most unceremonious way; just how long for was difficult to gauge, but it seemed like at least half an hour. No matter how long it was in actuality, it was time that was never going to be regained.

He repeated on numerous occasions (at least three times) that he couldn’t fully understand what the real problem was because the issue wasn’t being explained to him in a clear and lucid manner. He doesn’t normally have a problem with understanding; but in this instance: what a jackass! It couldn’t have been explained any clearer, except perhaps in words of no more than two syllables. Antagonising him any further would have been a complete waste of time – but it would have been funny to watch his cherry-red face glow even more – but common sense prevailed and the sarcastic comment wasn’t uttered aloud.

Next time there is a problem with a computer the issue will be raised with the IT department, who are trained to listen; besides they have a far more in depth knowledge of such matters than he does. Luckily for him he doesn’t sit nearby, otherwise the argument may have become even more heated; he wouldn’t have liked that because he doesn’t like to wash his dirty linen in public, for want of a better metaphor to express his reluctance to voice his opinion in front of others. For a forty plus year old man he doesn’t appear to have learned how to control his emotions too well.

About Sean

I live in my own thoughts, chat to imaginary friends, and survive primarily on Snickers and Nescafe. I work full-time and study part-time for a BA in English Literature with the OU. Home is the North West of England, and my heroes are those authors that can make miracles out of paper and words…… “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” – Mark Twain.
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