May 19, 2005

Phone calls

I started doing something today that I loathe when others do it. Letting calls go to voicemail when I'm not busy.

I just don't feel like listening to users whine about dumb shit. In the past, it didn't bother me. I could listen all day long and help them solve their problems. Now? Can't deal with it. Plus, I got a headache.

I'll quit whining now. The phone's ringing and I have to actively ignore it.


I do that at home in the evenings sometimes when I just want to be alone. I used to RACE to the phone every time it rang, but as I've gotten older, I've realized that most phone calls are actually NOT emergencies.

But instead of having to know I'm missing a call and feeling kinda guilty about it, I put the phone in the other room and just don't check it. (I don't have a landline anymore; just my mobile.)

Posted at May 19, 2005 03:37 PM

I have always hated phones. I have a cell phone, but only because it is practically impossible to live without one here. I leave it at home the majority of the time.

Posted at May 19, 2005 03:51 PM

I've never tried that. Not answering the phone, that is. I should.

Posted at May 19, 2005 06:05 PM

I hardly ever answer the phone. I have distinctive rings programmed in for certain people, or will screen calls when I'm home by myself.

When the kids are home? They know better than to pick it up - instead, I'll hear the bellows from wherever I am in the house as they read off the caller ID display to see if I want to answer.

Either that or my son is diving for the phone if it's for him, heh...

Posted at May 19, 2005 06:18 PM

Want some cheese with that whine?????

Hang in there friend!

Posted at May 19, 2005 07:18 PM

Ignoring the phone can be quite empowering; my kids do it all the time, leaving me to race through the living room to grab it before the person hangs up. Should I ignore it however, i hear steady complaints about the ringing, that it isn't for them, and they must always get it.

Posted at May 20, 2005 03:45 AM

I always suspected that's what you guys were doing. no wonder no one in IT ever answers my calls!

Posted at May 20, 2005 05:33 AM

I don't answer my phone unless I know a call is coming in. I have voice mail and only use my cell phone when I'm in my van. I have learned that a phone ringing is not a command from on high to answer the thing!!

Posted at May 21, 2005 01:52 PM

I let all my calls go to voice mail. I rule my life...not my phone!

I'll check the voice mail, if it's important, I'll either call back or reply straight to their voicemail! hehe

Posted at May 22, 2005 04:43 PM