I say, "What's happening?"
He says, "I keep getting these 'page can't be found' errors. And I'm not even sure I'm connecting when I try to log on. What do you think it is?"
I say, "Aw, geesh, did you break the internet? It's very delicate you know. If you do the wrong thing you can crash it and then nobody can get on!"
He says, "Oh gesh, I might have! What could I have done?" and tried to remember everything he's been doing for the past few days.
I let him ramble for awhile and fret, then I say, "Nah, you didn't break the internet, you idiot. If it was that easy for anyone to break, it would be down all the time." So, we go over to his place and find out the problem is that (this is good) his phone isn't plugged in. Why? because it's been chewed in half. (he had a puppy staying with him while a friend or someone went on vacation.) "Have you noticed your phone's been quiet?"
"Yeah, no one's called for a couple days!"
"Your phone cord has been chewed through."
"Wow, how did that happen?"
"Maybe the puppy?"
So, I have an extra phone cord, in fact, I have several, so I get him one and hook him up. The phone now works. I tell him to get on the net so we can be sure that's working. He brings up his program and connects. "Ah, okay, now it's making the noises it's supposed to make and I'm not getting that can't connect error."
He gets onto the net and checks a few things. "Okay, everything seems fine now. Are you sure I didn't break the internet?"
"Good. Hey, since you're here, maybe you can help me with something?"
I sigh. "What?"
"I want to build a web page."
"Okay," this makes me nervous, but I'll bite. "What do you want it to be about?"
"I don't know, I just want it to be cool!"
"What do you want me to do then?"
"Build it for me!"
"Build it for you? When you don't even have any clue what you want?"
"Yeah. Just make it cool."
"But if I build a web page entirely myself, would you really feel it was your web page?"
"Because I asked you to build it!"
"I've got one of those headaches again. I have to go home."
"Okay. We'll talk about my web page later."