What the insurance agent asked

I went to get new automobile insurance today. The insurance agent politely asked me for various pieces of information. “Occupation?” she said, looking at her computer screen while she typed.

“Minister,” I said.

She stopped typing and looked me in the eyes. “Do you mind if I ask you something?” she said. “Are you seeing more people in your church recently? Because of the economy?”

“Not really,” I said. “But I’m seeing more desperate people. People without a job, no money, that sort of thing. I think it’s maybe worse here on the Peninsula because everyone has such high expectations for themselves.”

She nodded. “It’s really bad, isn’t it?” We both sat there for a second, and then she went back to entering information into the computer.

1 thought on “What the insurance agent asked

  1. Jean

    Hm. Interesting. Out here, in the Midwest, things have been lousy so long I don’t think we’ve noticed a change. I’m not sure that means our expectations are lower. Maybe just more realistic.

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