September 08, 2004

Do I deserve Work Comp for this?

I work in cubical hell. I’m willing to bet many of you do too. One of my primary duties involves calling health insurance companies, usually to check up on claims we’ve filed. As anyone who has ever called an insurance company knows, they aren’t real quick when it comes to answering the phone. I spend a lot of time on hold, and I’ve listed to more bad hold music than really should be allowed by law. It breaks down into three major categories:

The best possible choice, this is relaxing and usually enjoyable. Also the rarest.

Lite “Jazz”
This is not even close to real jazz; it is just stupid instrumental noodling that makes Kenny G look like Coltrane. Oftentimes a bizarre hybrid with New Age. Seriously annoying, enough to make me want to break my head open against my desk.

Muzak Versions of Soft Rock Hits
But nothing, and I mean NOTHING is as annoying as this stuff is. This is what we all know and loathe. I am stunned and how much I have to listen too. I have been logging it lately. Amongst the recognizable tunes I’ve dealt with the last two days are: Kiss is on My List by Hall and Oates, Private Eyes , also by Hall and Oates, I’ll Do Anything for Love (…but I Won’t Do That) by Meatloaf, Lady by Styx, Another Sad Love Song by Toni Braxton, Sara by Starship, and God Help Me, Time, Love and Tenderness by Michael Bolton. You really have not suffered until you’ve sat through that last song done entirely by Brass instruments.

So my question remains: Should I file for Work Comp? Cuz I’m sure this isn’t do anything good for sanity or overall health.

Posted by Frinklin at September 8, 2004 06:04 PM

Dude, you have not experienced Muzak hell until you have listened to Boy Meet Girl's "Waiting For A Star To Fall", Muzak style.

Needless to say, I was going insane. Brutal, just brutal. Muzak is the worst.

Posted by: Jeremy at September 8, 2004 08:38 PM

I dunno Jeremy, how about Kenny Rogers' You Decorated My Life and Gordon Lightfoot's Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald back to back?

Guilty pleasure alert: When the latter song, the real version, is playing, I have to listen.

And sometimes sing along.

Posted by: frinklin at September 9, 2004 11:17 PM
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