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Results, Not Excuses

For some time now, the members of our church that work at Intel have been praying against my office computer with a Cyrix CPU. Their prayers were answered last week--it gasped, and returned multiple registry errors as I rushed it to the local computer emergency room.

The repairman at the computer shop said, "No problem, we can have it ready for you first thing Monday morning." I left my critically ill computer with in the hands of the kind repairman and boarded a plane to California.

After my workout Monday morning, I called Conni to make sure the computer was ready so I wouldn't waste a trip if it wasn't. She paged me with the bad news that Tony, my repairman wasn't in yet, but they'd call as soon as he arrived.

When I arrived at the office, she called again. This time they said, they have no record of me dropping off a computer and cannot find it anywhere.

This time I called. "Yes, Mr. Wilson," they said in the patronizing voice repairman use, "We've found your computer, and we're trying to locate Tony, we'll call you as soon as we know something."

I called again at noon and asked to speak to the manager. "Tony is not coming in today," he said, "I hate to put someone else on the job without knowing what he's already done, but I'll call you back before closing today to let you know the status."

He didn't call.

This morning I drove by the shop to speak face-to-face with the manager and the owner. "We burned-in a new CPU all night and it is still returning errors. The shop down the street would send you home with it, but we won't. We'll call you as soon as we know something."

In a period of 24 hours, I've gotten 5 different answers to the same question and still don't have my computer. What would it be like to live in a world where people kept their promises and delivered results instead of excuses?

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