Bill, the foreman and the furniture…

Now that Bill Gates is moving into his new house the following is a conversation heard last week.

Bill: There are a few issues we need to discuss.

Contractor: Ah, you have our basic support option. Calls are free for the first 90 days and $75 a call thereafter. Okay?

Bill: Uh, yeah… the first issue is the living room. We think its a little smaller than we anticipated.

Contractor: Yeah. Some compromises were made to have it out by the release date.

Bill: We wont be able to fit all our furniture in there.

Contractor: Well, you have two options. You can purchase a new, larger living room; or you can use a Stacker.

Bill: Stacker?

Contractor: Yeah, it allows you to fit twice as much furniture into the room. By stacking it, of course, you put the entertainment center on the couch… the chairs on the table… etc. You leave an empty spot, so when you want to use some furniture you can unstack what you need and then put it back when youre done.

Bill: Uh… I dunno… issue two. The second issue is the light fixtures. The bulbs we brought with us from our old home wont fit. The threads run the wrong way.

Contractor: Oh! Thats easy. Those bulbs arent plug and play. Youll have to upgrade to the new bulbs.

Bill: And the electrical outlets? The holes are round, not rectangular. How do I fix that?

Contractor: Just uninstall and reinstall the electrical system.

Bill: Youre kidding!?

Contractor: Nope. Its the only way.

Bill: <sigh> Well… I have one last problem. Sometimes, when I have guests over, someone will flush the toilet and it wont stop. The water pressure drops so low that the showers dont work.

Contractor: Thats a resource leakage problem. One fixture is failing to terminate and is hogging the resources preventing access from other fixtures.

Bill: And how do I fix that?

Contractor: Well, after each flush, you all need to exit the house, turn off the water at the street, turn it back on, reenter the house and then you can get back to work.

Bill: Thats the last straw. What kind of product are you selling me?

Contractor: Hey, if you dont like it nobody made you buy it.

Bill: And when will this be fixed?

Contractor: Oh, in your next house — which will be ready to release sometime near the end of next year. Actually it was due out this year, but weve had some delays…

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