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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Confused (08/16/07)

TITLE: It's Me
By Mark Bell


Bob picked up the phone and hit speed dial 4. The line rang once. He opened his email. The line rang a second time. Not accustomed to waiting, he started to get annoyed. Halfway through the third ring, someone answered.

“Yeah, it’s me again,” he shot angrily into the mouthpiece. “Never mind confirming my name. It’s me. Trust me. You ready for an order?”

There was a pause.

“All right,” he ordered, shifting the phone on his shoulder. “I want 18 Type A’s, 6 465B’s and 42 Type B’s. You got that?“

Bob listened intently as he read an email marked urgent.

“Good, then here’s what you’re going to do,” he said in rapid fire English. “Deliver 6 Type A’s, 1 465B and 14 Type B’s to Department J. Take 10 Type B’s 9, Type A’s and 4 465B’s to Department F. And pay attention to this one! They got shorted last time, I cost us an important client.” He paused to study the list on his desk.

“No, I’m not done,” he nearly shouted. “Take everything else to Department P, and make sure Villareal knows it’s there. Have you got all that?”

He listened for a few moments.

“Perfect,” he said, slightly calmer. “Ship that out right now--overnight it if you have to--and charge my inventory account.”

Bob’s face got red again as he listened.

“What do you mean ‘who is this’,” he exploded into the phone. "I told you it’s me! Do you like your job? What’s your name?”

He listened again.

“I said, what is your name, mister?”

He listened, and exploded again.

“What do you mean ‘it’s me’!”

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Jan Ackerson 08/23/07
Oh goodness, what a confusing conversation!

Your formatting problem may be due to your computer being set up to type in a foreign language; you might want to check your settings to assure that it doesn't happen again.

Poor guy's going to have a heart attack with his attitude and behavior...good writing.
Deborah Porter 08/23/07
Hi there.

Jan is right about the formatting, but in your case I think it may be because you copied straight from a Word document (or similar). Online programs like this really dislike the formatting in those programs.

The best thing to do is copy over to notepad and save as a plain text file. Then either upload that or copy and paste the text into the submission box. That should solve the problems with quotation marks, apostrophes and some other punctuation being turned into weird symbols. It's possible you may not be able to see it in your own browser. That's what makes it so tricky.

I will put your mind at rest, however, and say that the judges are told not to hold weird formatting against an entry. So your entry will still be judged on the merits of your writing, not on the presentation.

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)
Joanne Sher 08/24/07
I LOVE having just one side of the conversation. Very effective! Enjoyed this.
Jacquelyn Horne08/27/07
Very clever piece here. I enjoyed it very much. Cute surprise at the end.
Joanne Sher 08/31/07
Congratulations, Mark. In addition to your third place finish in beginners, your entry has placed 28th overall. The Lists for the Top 15 in each Level and the Top 40 overall are available in the Weekly Results and Highest Rankings forum of our Faithwriters Message Boards.