This one is especially for you, Melanie, at Is This the Middle.
Real life telephone conversation this afternoon...
Rob: Firestone Auto Care, this is Rob.
IWJ: Hi, Rob. This is Infinitely Wise Jane. How are you?
Rob: I'm well. How 'bout yourself?
IWJ: I'd be a whole lot better if my car weren't making a peculiar noise.
Rob: What kind of noise is it making?
IWJ: Well...have you ever sat down on an old, creaky bed?
IWJ: That's exactly what it sounds like.
Rob: I know exactly what the problem is!
IWJ: Is it the struts [cringing for the bad news]?
Rob: Oh! Well, I suppose it COULD be but yeah, no, you just need to lubricate your [mumble mumble something].
IWJ: Ah. I see. How much will that cost me?
Rob: Just bring 'er in. I'll fix her right up, no charge.
IWJ: Terrific! You'd do that?
Rob: Of course! As long as you bring 'er to us when you need something else done.
IWJ: I always do. You guys take awfully good care of me. So...what was it that you were going to do for me?
Rob [real slow]: I'm going to lub-ri-cate your sway bar bushings.
IWJ: OK! ... ... ...Hee hee hee hee hee hee HAHAHAHAHAHA!
Rob: ... ... ...ha HA! HAHAHAHA!
Rob: THAT was AWESOME.
IWJ: I'm sorry. I'm a 12-year-old boy inside.
Rob: No, no. No apologies. That...that made my whole day.
IWJ: Good! See you tomorrow!