Tuesday, February 27, 2007
The mechanical mini-man locomoted his way onto the desk and up to the lady official. For a moment he stood, as if inspecting her, then he broke the silence: "I'm looking for a job!" he said, aiming his beepy voice at her.
"Qualifications?" she asked laconically, not without a sense of boredom.
"I'm great at assembling."
"No, poems. I have full creativity circuits. Random imaginings. I put words together in ways that stimulate human brainwaves."
"Ha!" she exclaimed, with a hint of meanness in her voice. "Everyone wants to be creative! I'll give you illuminary engineer - you screw in light bulbs." And she laughed again, somewhat harsher.
"It's beneath my dignity," the mini-man beeped humbly.
"You better take it," she hollered 20 decibels over his capacity to process, "it's the best I'll give you!"
And without awaiting an answer, she snatched up the phone, dialed a number and announced into the receiver, "I've got a new robot for you." Turning to the mini-man she yelled, "Right??"
"Oh no, this will never do," the mini-man beeped to himself. "Too much empathy. I'll have to dismantle her and start again. It's no trivial matter, building automatons for the unemployment office."
Thanks to everyone for a great set of stories! This was really great! Sorry I was so long in posting.