Shamelessly carried over from a Goodreads forum but wanted a bit more visibility.
Ring ring ring "Please press 1 for current orders, two for new orders three for accounts and four for any other reason" "Rex, is this a new order, I thought we tried to order this last week." "The web site crashed." "I better select two then." Twenty minutes later.... "Customer Service, Blanche speaking how can I help you today we have special offers on roofing and nails for details please see..." Five minutes later "How can I help?" "I'd like to order some bricks" "No problem, Sir, we can do that or you can try on-line" "I couldn't get the site to accept my order." "Sorry about that Sir, I just need to go through a few details." "Well I don't have much time." "It won't take long. Have you ordered from us before." "No, I don't think so." "All our bricks are baked in America and conform to EPA standards." "Good to see American jobs for American people for America let's make it great again." "Quite. What are the bricks for?" "A wall." "Is that a supporting wall, a building wall or a garden wall?" "There's a difference?" "Oh yes they have different properties a building wall might be external facing or interior" "I think it's closest to a garden wall a barrier really." "I see, well we have some basic standard bricks they are 3 and 5/8 by 2 and 1/4 by 8 inches." "Yeah I saw that on the web site." "So how high is your wall going to be?" "Twenty feet." "Wow, that's a big garden wall." "Yep, gonna keep them bad dudes out." "Are you in a high crime area? Can I interest you in our razor wire or intrusion detection systems." "Just the bricks for now." "So you'll need at least 120 rows depending on foundations." "Foundations?" "Yes you'll need to dig down to make sure the wall has solid foundations. You can do that with concrete. It also prevents varmints digging under the wall." "People can tunnel under?" "Normally its raccoons or other pests." "What about Mexicans?" "Sir, no racist profiling please or I'll have to call my supervisor. A wall with good foundations can prevent some tunneling but how deep do you want to go?" Mumbled "Do it with mines or concrete." "I think concrete would be a good idea. We can supply that as well." "Stick to the bricks." "So how long is your wall going to be?" "1,900." "Wow that is big. So we have 1900 feet which is 2850 bricks by 120 high which is 342,000 which is 684 pallets of 500 call it 700 for spares. "Err..." "Mr President..." "Not now Rex." "We discount orders over 50 pallets so I make that 700 at $200 bucks that would be $140,000 that would make my day Sir if you go ahead. I might be able to get an extra 5% off or free delivery. What's the delivery address? "Er lets start in San Diego." "OK do you have a zip?" "Mr President it's 1900 miles not feet?" "What did you say Rex?" "Miles Sir not 1,900 feet." "Oh, sorry Ma'am I got the length wrong it's 1900 miles." "No problem I'll just stick that in the systems..." Very long pause "That's 15,048,000 bricks long by 120 high that's.." "A lot." "1,805,760,000 er I think you may be pulling my leg." "No I'm serious I promised to build it and I'm going to." "Sir the entire US Brick production last year was only about 2 billion bricks" "Is that not enough? I always get confused between billions and millions." "That explains the tax returns." "Shut up Rex."