What’s the Point in Receiving Something I’ll Only Have to Send Back?

Says, or writes David Sedaris on page 45 of “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls”. In the episode titled “A Friend in the Ghetto”, Sedaris tells us a man who calls him “mr. Sedriz”. But this wrong pronunciation and outlandish accent makes Sedaris stay in the conversation for the time longer than he expected. He admits he enjoys the phone conversation.

Isn’t it great to have a sales person like the unknown man on the phone? So pushy but he has got the power to make Sedaris miss him, having another pointless conversation with the man about the new cell phone offer that offers more cutting edge features like taking your own selfies in better resolution.

The man may not close a deal with Sedaris and sucks based on commercialism point of view but from the humanity point of view, he is someone to reckon with. He is a creature with personality Sedaris and others won’t easily forget. Not a mere non descript voice on the other end of the line.

Is that what Sedaris is trying to point out? That’s my best guess. Or maybe Sedaris feels so lonely and needs someone to talk to and with. Whoever it is doesn’t really matter.

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