Saturday, August 08, 2009

It Becomes Clear

I have an almost psychotic aversion to the telephone. The advent of the cell phone didn't do much to assuage me.

But sometimes the answers to life's mysteries aren't deep and they aren't complex. They're just not always obvious.

I settled in for the first real night's sleep I've had in a very long time. I was probably out cold by 10 PM. At 10:30 PM or so, my cell phone rang. Normally, the phone is off at night for idiocy prevention, but I forgot to extinguish it, and an idiot from work made it through.

Now, two things here:

My co-workers are nearly all idiots, of that I'm convinced.

We are not doctors. There is nothing, I repeat nothing, that I can do for anyone in my business at 10:30 PM on a Friday night. Nor will I be doing anything business-wise, at 10:30 PM on a Friday night.

So I didn't answer it.

This morning I approached said Idiot to find out what was so urgent that it couldn't wait 10 hours or so, and he had a question so inane that I had to restrain myself from calling him an imbecile, since I've made it clear that he is an idiot, and two bad names could be too much for his brain.

But see, that's not it, though.

I went through my call list in the phone. I think the list holds 50 or so calls and as I scrolled through, I realized that almost every single time that number rings, it's someone calling about something they want from me or need from me. Favors, money, "gimme-gimme-I-want-I-want".

Program note:Now I know some people are very, very literal. I did say "almost every single time that number rings"

So who could blame me, really? Maybe if one of those people, once in a blue moon, called to just say hello, or offered to do something for me I might not spend so much time ignoring calls or wanting to smash the phone.

Dr. Phil Moment:I've actually smashed a few phones in my life,by the way. Cass can tell ya about that I think.

What do you think? Am I completely nuts? Or would this be justifiable phone-icide?


  1. I extremely limit who I give my cell number out to, I find it a nuisance and want to run folks who are oblivious while chatting/texting a driving OFF THE ROAD :o)

  2. Even when I could hear, I was never one for the phone. I have no patience for someone who needs to call for every single little thing. At some point said person has to learn to do for themselves.

    Thankfully my deafness limits things in the phone dept. The only way I can take a phone call is if someone text me. Amazingly though even with my voice mail saying I'm deaf and can only accept text. I still get idiots trying to call me. Sigh.

    Some advancements in technology are NOT advance at all. (Hugs)Indigo

  3. Also not a phone fan. There are very few people I talk with on a regular basis (my folks are one of them), and I don't see that changing anytime soon. I just don't enjoy talking that much!

  4. May I have your phone number? I need a favor. LOL

  5. Lippy, I HATE the phone too. HATE it. I don't even have a cell phone because I hate being that accessible. And I'm so not one to idly chit chat. In fact, it's nearly impossible with kids anyway.

    So yea, I feel your pain.

  6. I ignore my phone all the time. It doesn't run my life, and sometimes I'm just not in the mood for phone calls....or I'm busy doing something else. If it's important, the person will leave a message and I'll get back to him/her when I feel like it.

    It still boggles my mind that some folks are so attached to their little electronic device. It's like, "Get a life people!"

  7. Jimmy, I'm more inclined not to blame the phone, but those people who can be considered idiots attached to the other end of it!


  8. Anonymous10:24 PM

    I have written that first sentence exactly in my handwritten journal. More than once I am sure.

    A man I've known for years who owns a funeral home told me that people call him 3 or 4 am, not even because someone has passed but they are ABOUT TO PASS and the family is UP and would like to discuss.......
    OMG What morons.

    Hey, I just realized I don't have your cell number...(j/k).

  9. I think we're the opposite. I can't stand to let the phone ring more than once without diving for it. Perhaps it's fate that my cell phone is always lost so that I'm not a slave to the phone.

  10. I don't have a cell phone and I don't normally answer the phone unless it's my partner. Anyone else can leave a message. I always turn the phone off before I go to bed even though I can't hear it from the bedroom! I understand you fully so you can't be nuts! Jeannette xx

  11. I like the phone and I really like the convenience mobile phones offer in situations like when you're meeting someone but can't find them or your car breaks down, etc. I don't actually use the phone (or the mobile) very often, but I like it being available to use.

    Having said that, someone who calls for a non-urgent/crucial work matter at 10:30pm on any night, let alone a Friday, deserves to be ignored and/or hung up on. There are limits!


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