Confusing conversation

I received an inquiry for our product but it requires an intricate instrumentation and automation system. I dialed the number listed in the inquiry and hoping to talk to the Filipino Engineer who sent it to us.

I don’t know what nationality answered my call, that when I asked for the Engineer I can barely understand his answer. I asked him to repeat it since he is murmuring and he speaks in garbled voice.

“Do you know when is Mr. Engineer coming back to the office?” I asked.

“Uhmm, ahhh, comminnng ahhh, carannntt thell knoowww… czuumbbee bukrah, czummmbee wahid krrrrr..” his reply.

To keep it simple and to free my ears with this “homing pigeon like” voice, I inquired, “where is your office?”

I barely heard him.. “Toqbahhh.. kkkkrrrammmmah hmmmnninth streyt..”

“What? Is it 9th street?” I asked further.

“Hmmmmminth,” was his response.

“9, 29, 39, 49, 59?” again I asked, which he replied with “hmmmmninth,”
Irritated, I followed it with “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9?”

He excitedly replied.. “YESSSS!”

Confusion solved.


“Everywhere the sun is shining.. All around the world it’s shining.. But cold winds blow across your mind. Confusion–it’s such a terrible shame. Confusion you don’t know what you’re saying.” – Electric Light Orchestra


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