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Been working on a short story, off and on, in the vague style of Donald Barthelme.
The interviewee wore shoes made of canvas and rubber. The interviewer said that the shoes were inappropriate. The interviewee responded that it was the best he could do on such short notice."What are your skills?" asked the interviewer.
"What skills do you require?" replied the interviewee.
"The skills we require are relative to the position we wish to place you in. This is why we ask you."
"My skills are wide and varied," said the interviewee. "I am capable, for example, of speaking in the utmost vagaries, and the utmost specifics."
"Provide an example, please."
"Of which? Vagaries, or specifics?"
The interviewee cleared his throat. "The circumstance or situation has, or has not, necessitated action or inaction which may or may not have an impact on the other."
"Very good. Very vague."
"Can you operate a lathe?"
The interviewer made a mark on a notepad with a blue pen.
"I can, however, operate a jigsaw with precision."
"What programming languages do you know?"
"Pascal, B, COBOL, 6502 Assembler, Moo, and Brainfuck."
"Our coding is performed in ADA."
"I can adapt."
The interviewer made a remarkably cryptic mark on a notepad with a red pen.