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Saturday, January 29, 2005

"Hi, I'm calling from BellSouth, and I want to tell you about our great new international calling rates."
"Hmmm, what are your rates to South Africa?"
"South Africa. Let me just look that up for you ... I just need to find the right list ... Shouldn't be too much longer ... Um ... Where is South Africa?"
"At the southern tip of Africa".
"Ah. Just checking."

Sadly, this is not the first time I've had conversations along those lines. I might add that it is simply not possible to tell someone where South Africa is without sounding snotty and sarcastic.

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