Volume 3, Number 2, May 1981, p.8

Conservation Quips

by James Druzik

"To see ourselves as others see us."

I once needed to purchase about twelve feet of Velcro in order to hang a rug. Then not knowing where to go for the product, I simply called a local fabric shop. Judging by vocal characteristics I assumed that "a little old lady" answered the phone.

"Do you have any Velcro in stock?" I asked.

"I don't believe so," she responded.

"Do you know what Velcro is?"


With good intentions, I continued. "Well, it's a two part mechanically designed attachment base on...well, it's like...well there are two sections, one is a male section and the other is a female section and when you put them together you just can't get them apart..."


I thought I had been disconnected, so I called back and fortunately got the same little old lady.

"Excuse me, but I am the young man who was just talking to you about..."


I suddenly broke out in a cold sweat: I had just made my first obscene telephone call!!!


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