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Topic: Work (07/27/06)
TITLE: For Nothing
By Edy T Johnson
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For example, he loves phone calls from telemarketers. He doesn't see them as a nuisance, but an opportunity for some fun. How he can think so fast on his feet is beyond me. All I can do is weep laughing when I hear him in action, or listen to the story, later. Like the time he got a call from some gal with a dating service. This was just too juicy for Ben's alter ego, "Joey," to let pass.
"Hi-ya, this is Joey. What's yer name?"
"Hello, there. I'm Monica with Singles Surprise. Have you ever tried a dating service?"
"Naw. I don't think so. What's it for, Monica?"
"Well, Joey, you give us information about yourself -- your personal profile. Then we look for someone who matches your interests and expectations and we arrange for you to meet. Now, to begin, how old are you?"
"I'm twenty-two. But, I don't know..."
"Great, Joey! What do you do for a living?"
" '...for a living?' What do you mean?"
"Wha...? What sort of job do you have?"
"Oh! A job! Yeah, I have a job. I collect refrigerators."
"You collect refrigerators? ...That sounds ...interesting. I would never dream someone could make a living...er...get paid for collecting refrigerators. What, exactly, ...er how does that work? What do you do with your refrigerators?"
"I let people have tours, to see my refrigerators."
"Tours, huh? I wouldn't imagine there'd be much market for a refrigerator-collection tour. It must be quite the collection. Let's move on to the next question. What is your average annual income?"
"You mean, how much money do I make every year?"
"Yes, Joey, that's what I mean."
"Oh, about forty thousand dollars."
(Choke) "Forty thousand dollars? I had no idea you could make money like that with a 'refrigerator collection.'"
"Oh, that's not where I get my money."
"It isn't? Oh, you have another job?"
"Yeah, I sell drugs...."
"I'm outta here!" (click)
There you have just one example of our Ben at work with his "Joey" character. It's just too bad the whole world doesn't have the opportunity to enjoy all the stories I could tell about our own private comedian, who loves to entertain us for nothing. And, just for the record, he does have a responsible job working for a laser company where he is a beloved employee.
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