You know I write about idiots every week, but it’s not all that often that I have to actually deal with them one on one, in real time. But I had one today. My “other” publication, as you probably know, is the True Stella Awards, which details real-but-stupid lawsuits.
Every year the Stellar Awards Gospel Music Academy (“SAGMA” — a lovely acronym to be sure) gives out the Stellar Gospel Music Awards, which are apparently simply called “the Stellar Awards” on TV.
It’s astounding how many people come to the Stella Awards web site looking for information on gospel music. And sure, I can understand that some of these people get to my site, see that they made a mistake, have a laugh — and decide that the topic is interesting and want to sign up for a free subscription.
But that doesn’t explain the phone calls.
What kind of idiot does it take to get to the site, see it doesn’t have anything to do with gospel music, yet dig around on the site enough to find a phone number and call it to ask questions about gospel music?! But indeed, a woman called and asked if this was the Stella Awards, and I said yes. She then asked who the host was on the last TV awards show.
Since I’ve gotten this before, I said “This is the Stell-UH Awards, not the Stell-UR Awards.” p a u s e “How do you spell that?” “S-T-E-L-L-A,” I said, figuring that when she figured out there was no “R” in there, it would put an end to the call. “Oh,” she replied. Just as I was about to hang up, she said, “Well, who was the host on the awards show last year?”
So for those of you who actually have to deal with morons on a day to day basis (hello, retail clerks?), I salute you. If I actually had to be polite to such idiots day after day, I’d be insane by now.
Yeah, the ever-growing population of imbeciles means my job will be secure forever, but at least I (usually!) get to stay at arm’s length from them. StellaAwards.com is the place for the ridiculous-but-true lawsuit writeups. There’s nothing there, however, about gospel music. Really.
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