Saturday, October 3, 2009

Phone Sex Anyone? Not Here Apparently.

We don't answer our phone. It rings, we hear it, we ignore it. We don't even bother screening our calls. We just let it ring and in, like, a week or so we are completely floored there are 42 messages and 96 missed calls. What?! How did this happen?

I'll tell you how it happened. We ignored the ringing apparatuses that are strewn all over our home. I mean, we have four. FOUR handsets for a house with two living spaces and four bedrooms. Guess where we bought the set? Guess where you could get a bargin price on a new cordless phone with 3 more handsets than you actually need? Costco. But even with the convenience of Costco quantity, do you think we could find it within ourselves to actually pick up the damn thing?

This all started with the whole not answering the phone at dinner thing and now it has just about rolled into don't answer the phone anytime. The hubs and I both have cell phones. We text a lot. We Twitter. Each other. Hehehe. I love saying that.

So has the house phone gone the way of the egg slicer? Or the yogurt maker I've had in my cupboard for 6 years? Or will we be very sorely mistaken when the 10 year old suddenly becomes a gum-chewing, phone-talking, hair-twirling teenager? Good lawd. That's just around the corner isn't it? Well anyway, maybe the house phone is a vestigial appliance and we just need to let go.

Yeah, either that or we are a bunch of phone phobic a-holes that need a lesson in manners.

BTW I'd like to get credit for that word up there, vestigial,  for two reasons. 1) I have been pronouncing it "vestig-U-al" for years, like a true dumb ass. 2) It's the only thing I remember from high school science because my teacher told me (in front of the whole class nonetheless) that my teeth were likely so big because they were vestigial as we don't need horse chompers anymore. You know, now that the rest of you have evolved.


14 comments:

Peeved Michelle said...

We do the same thing. I figure if it is someone who really wants to talk to me, they will call me on my cell. If they don't have my cell number, I don't really want to talk to them.

Fawn said...

let's hear it for the vestigial girls!

Widge said...

I ignore the phone alot too. we have caller ID and I usually leave it when a "talker" rings and a0 i just don't have time or b) I can't be bothered. The only prob is when my kids pick up one of our other lines. esp while I'm yelling out "Don't get the phone!!!!"

Michele said...

We dumped our land line about two years ago. Primary reason is it seemed dumb to pay for both when we really needed one. The second reason is, I'm just like you--I hate being interrupted by the telephone. When we had both a land line and cell phones, people would call the land line, get the answering machine, hang up, and call my cell phone. So I had to listen to the ringing twice, and then people would complain that they could not get in touch with me, etc.

Now with just the cell phone people are more likely to leave a message. But I don't answer that, either, unless it is convenient for me, which seems to make people angry. After all, a cell phone is portable, which means it's glued to my hip where ever I go, right? --So there is no excuse for me not to answer it. Last week I answered a call from a friend, and the first thing she said was, "Wow! You answered your phone! Amazing!" (It took a lot of willpower not to hang up on her.)

Why do so many people think that, just because it rings, it must be answered? We've become like Pavlov's dogs...ring a phone, jump to answer, or at least be expected by the caller that you will do so. I hate when, in stores, someone will be waiting on me, the phone rings, and they dump me for the phone call. Excuse me--I was here first, the caller can wait...or at least answer and tell the caller you will get right back to him/her after finishing with your current customer. Geez. :-)

The Mother said...

Can't dump the landline, because hubby refuses to call patients on his cell (damn caller ID).

We do use it less and less. Especially now that hubby and I have texting. The only use for the home phone is for the school to call with their annoying pre-recorded messages (always during dinner, and always about fund raisers that I have no intention of attending anyway).

Belle said...

Oh wow, that's a tactful high school teacher! Very sensitive to the self-consciousness of high schoolers!
I also have a set of SIX phones, bought from Costco because What A Deal! And I live alone...

dhcoop said...

I haven't had a landline in YEARS. As long as I live where my cell gets service, I see no need, whatsoever to pay AT&T that extra $100 a month (which is what I was paying) just to have a landline phone. NONE

TheMacMommy said...

We just dumped our land line and let me tell you, it's liberating!!!!! Now we're just using the 2 cells. Mine is an iPhone & if I could implant it on my body I would. It was such a pain in the ass to waddle to the damn house phone only to miss the damn call!

Wendy said...

I ignore the phone a lot. And never check my messages. Sometimes it will fill up completely to 60 messages and then quit taking them. Once I realized I had missed a call from my brother - a month earlier. I texted him: "why didn't you call me on my cell??"

I hate the phone. A fact I have even blogged. Texting rocks.

jessicabold said...

We're waiting for the security company to accept cell phones as an acceptale phone number...then we're done with land lines.

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A Lawyer Mom's Musings said...

Let me say this: I'm crazy jealous of your twitgasms with husband.

We have a useless (who the hell is calling us on it?) "land line" too. And nearly every time it rings (despite our pleas to the NO CALL federal list) it's a sales call.

Simple solution: just click on the answer button and immediately click the "off" button. This method works pretty darn well.

Mommy Housewife said...

what's a land line? :)

Mommy Housewife said...

someone actually message me explaining what a landline is. i know what it is, that was sarcasm because i havent had one in quite some time.

Eyebee said...

When I am working it's a huge distraction. I encourage my clients to email me in any case. I can answer the emails when I get a natural break in work flow, and I also have a record of the business transaction in writing.

About the only person I speak to on a regular basis on the phone is my mother, and much of the time we use Skype anyway, as the quality is better, and it's free.

I have a cell phone, and as we've had Google Voice for a couple of years, we simply give out that number, and set up groups to forward to the cell, or skype etc.

I don't even answer the cellphone if I'm busy, or in the middle of doing any number of other things. If the call is important, then the caller will leave a voicemail, and I can respond appropriately, in my own good time.

We didn't have a phone at home when I was a kid, and when I got my own place, the darn thing always rang when I was at the other end of the house, and we didn't have an answering machine in those days, and there was no caller ID, so you ended up running to catch it. Technology these days means the phone is the slave, and no longer the master.