Monday, May 28, 2007

Networking

I left my cell phone in the grey lab the other day. But this is not how this story will be told.
It was a usually horrible day on campus, filled with the traditional stress, contempt of absolutely everything and general lack of social life. Our networking project was due the next day and considering networking has been our absolute worst subject all year, things were pretty tense. This, naturally, was good enough reason for us to promptly give up and choose a place to eat at lunch time instead of prioritising our lives and postponing lunch. Coffee at Burgundy’s on campus serves a cheap horrific margherita pizza and the place is frequented by lecturers who have somehow forgotten that one lowers ones voice when indoors. But as we all should know by now, I don’t mind weird lecturers. Burgundy’s was getting to me somehow. “Coffee at Burgundy’s is a unique upmarket licensed casual Restaurant aimed at all sectors of the public and has captured the market.” Yeah sure. Maybe at every single other branch except the damn University of Pretoria one. Gosh it sucks. It looks like some cheap hotel in New Orleans in a bad supposedly smutty romance movie with blotchy British actors. The kind that you watch on a rainy night because there’s nothing else on and your heater’s broken and your skin is itching. Anyway we order the horrific pizza (I’m not complaining though, I didn’t pay) and ice cold water (oh my word, only university students can ask for ice cold water in this weather) and we’re tucking in when Thohira gets this phone call. It’s Zak, my sister’s best friend. Why on earth is Zak phoning Thohira? Thohira is giving me this incredulous look and I’m wondering if maybe someone is dead. She pointedly tells Muhammad and not me to take this number down because I don’t have a phone. What the hell? It’s only then when I realise I don’t in fact have it any more. Somehow my network rose up to contact me and the sad news about that pathetic 3310 did eventually get to me. So the list of people that were involved grew and grew throughout the day. Roughly it goes that William picked it up in the grey lab, called Ebrahim who contacted Shakira who called Andrea (some person I don’t know) who called Michelle who told Farah who called Saaj who called Zak who called Thohira who, yelled and laughed shamelessly at poor me. Then I picked it up from the Joyce, the secretary on the 17th floor of the HSB who told me some random Chinese person was trying to call. I stopped caring about failing Networking that day. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all these people, whether I know them or not.

10 comments:

saaleha said...

that's how many degrees of seperation?

CorpseKicker said...

I never got the thing about degrees of seperation until I'll read about it on wikipedia tonight. It's pretty cool..
"Six degrees of separation refers to the idea that, if a person is one "step" away from each person he or she knows and two "steps" away from each person who is known by one of the people he or she knows, then everyone is no more than six "steps" away from each person on Earth. Several studies, such as Milgram's small world experiment have been conducted to empirically measure this connectedness. While the exact number of links between people differs depending on the population measured, it is generally found to be relatively small. Hence, six degrees of separation is somewhat synonymous with the idea of the "small world" phenomenon."

neverBlink said...

Let's not forget to mention that Thohira only "yelled and laughed shamelessly" after you lost your phone for the second time that day and were ironically telling your sister that you finally had your phone when actually it was, once again, not in your possession.

Libra said...

Hilare of note. I might add that your sister did not in fact contact Saaj M. How Zak ended up setting off this dominoes effect remains a mystery.

This is, by the way, she who used to be called Lobelia's Student.

queen_Lestat said...

it was shakira who held the operations underway as ebrahim had lectures to go to. which resulted in her calling zak who ironically was NOT on mxit then who then called saaj M who was doing the BCom peoples thing and was not on campus who then got called back by zak who told her that and so she then called william back to find out if he was still in the said place. With that in mind she then proceeded to call Dina who then left buzz to go to inklings to summon the sister person since sister person doesn't answer calls. Which then resulted in her calling Andrea who then smsd Michelle's number and then we found out the Inklings of the day had been doing the BCom thing and were too on the Menlyn campus. And this then all resulted in calling zak back and William too.Somehow Joyce got roped in but she rawks so yeah.

You're most welcome by the way aaaand further more queen_Lestat is the order of the day in this realm. Thank you :).

You should be grateful that there's honest people around like William, you should also be grateful that you left it in the Grey lab which he called the Black lab where all the uber technologically advanced people are and who are too busy coding to notice a phone unattended.

*breathes*

queen_Lestat said...

and for every one call to some random person somehow connected in this immense network of networking there was an ebrahim calling back to find out how far the operations are.

All felt very surreal. You can now have a reality tv show just based on the Chronicles of Kim-life

Fatima said...

That's a great story.

I'm amazed every day by little stories like this :)

The honesty, the care and consideration of these people humble me :)

CorpseKicker said...

Thank you, your majesty for that clarification.

hot_headed said...

sup kimbies ur blog never seems to amase me know i havent read it in a long time but every time i read it i think one thing 'WHAT KIND OF MIND DRUGS IS SHE ON!!!!' any way be kind inuf to pass the name n if u can a presciption as well coz ill really love to be able to spend a day in ur head :) c u soon bye

singleguy said...

I just calculated the amount of telephone call and sms-es sent....I do think the cumulative value of airtime used might well be more than the value of the telephone!