Business Travel is a necessary evil in the world of high-tech. When I made aliya from the US, I had never been west of Chicago or south of Virginia. Starting to work at a high tech company in Israel, I found myself flying all over the USA...and the world. I visited states I had only read about in the encyclopedia. New Mexico for example. At the time, there was no kosher food in Albuquerque, so I called a Kosher Deli I knew from New Jersey and asked if they would deliver sandwiches in dry ice by Fedex. The conversation went like this:
Jameel; Hi, this is Jameel, I'd like to you know if you ship sandwiches?
Deli; Sure, we ship everywhere in the continental United States.
Jameel; Great! I'd like 4 cornbeef sandwiches.
Deli: No problem. Where do you want them shipped?
Jameel; I'm staying at a Residence Inn in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Deli; Um, I'm sorry, we have a problem with that.
Jameel: Why? What's wrong?
Deli; As I told you before, we only ship within the United States.
Jameel: OK...so what's the problem?
Deli: Well, you said you're in Mexico...and that's a different country.
Jameel: I'm sorry, I'm in New Mexico...not Mexico.
Deli: Sir, I don't care if its New Mexico, or Old Mexico, we only ship to the United States, and not out of the country.
Jameel: New Mexico is one of the 50 States.
Deli: No its not. we only ship within the United States.
Jameel: Can I speak to your manager please?
Deli: I am the manager!
Jameel: I'll make you a deal. Call FEDEX. If they are willing to ship to New Mexico as part of the United States, then will you send it.
Deli: OK...I'll do that much for you. You're a real idiot though for wasting my time. Since the customer is always right, I'll call up for you.
I got the food 3 days later.
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