So today there was a Big Important Faculty Meeting at my university and we were all supposed to go vote on some important issues of relevance to the faculty. To expedite the voting process, they decided to provide us all with clickers, so we could vote electronically. I was waiting in line, balancing my cookies, coffee and meeting handouts, watching people file into the auditorium, being handed a clicker as they walk in. When it’s my turn to get my clicker, the woman handing them out looks at me and says, “Can I help you?”.

She hadn’t said a word to anyone ahead of me.

I said, “Well, I would like a clicker.”


“For the meeting… so I can vote, on the important matter.”



“Who are you?”, she says.

I tell her my name and she repeats it slowly…

“I’m sorry, but no.”


“What department are you in?”

I tell her the name of my department…she repeats it slowly, and starts eyeing me suspiciously.

By this point everyone in line behind me is starting to wonder what the hold-up is, I start to get all self conscious and sweaty.

“Can I get my clicker now?”

“What is your position?”

“Look, clicker lady, I know I look young, and am dressed like a grad student, but I am a faculty member here, I have a right to vote and I want my fucking clicker! And if you think, for a moment, that I am going to show you my university ID you can fucking forget it!”

OK, I didn’t curse at her, but in my mind I did. She finally reluctantly gives me a clicker “I just needed to make sure”. Yea right, clicker lady, screw you.

As I grumpily walk into the auditorium I hear the old professorial-looking dude who was behind me in line laughing hysterically.

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7 Responses to Clicker

  1. Odyssey says:

    And then one day you’ll wonder when it was that people started treating you like you’re old…

  2. DrugMonkey says:

    hahahaa, now I”m laughing hysterically…

  3. DrugMonkey says:

    oh, and when are you going to put up a recent comments widget for goodness sakes?

  4. DrugMonkey says:

    In WP it is called the Links widget.

  5. David/Abel says:

    You’d think she would have apologized instead of just saying that she had to be sure. Fucking clicker lady.

    But, then again, perhaps if you just pulled up your pants and wore your baseball cap the right way. . .


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