In the same vein, I can't count how many times this kind of exchange has occurred:
Friend: "Hey, you know computer stuff, right? I mean, you're a software engineer."
Friend: "Okay, my TV isn't getting any signal from the cable box. Could you check it out?"
Me: "Uuuh, well, I can see if there's anything obvious, but I don't know if I can really help if the problem is complicated."
Friend: "I thought you knew a lot about computers. Wtf?" [insert ranting and raving here]
Sometime I'd like to try to answer with something like this...
Me: "Okay, let me ask you a question. You're a doctor, right?"
Me: "Cool. Can you tell me if this mole on my arm here is benign? I'm afraid it could be melanoma."
Friend: "I'm a podiatrist. I don't know."
Me: "Now you know how I feel. I'm a specialist, too. Just because I'm a software engineer doesn't mean I know everything remotely electronic."
Another pet peeve is when people expect me to help them pirate software. Following the same doctor realm...
Friend: "Hey, where can I find a bootleg of microsoft office?"
Me: "I'll see what I can do about that. By the way, could you give me some Ambien off da hook? I'll really appreciate it."
Friend: "Well, I can't do that. That would be illegal."
Me: "Touche, my friend."
Last edited by thehuckster; 08-22-2011 at 06:01 PM.