Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Phone Phreak..

I really hate talking on the phone.
Mostly because you can't see the person's face that you're talking to,so you can't tell if they are lying or not...which they probably are.
That's why they call,instead of talking to you face to face.
Plus,..I totally suck at small talk.
"Hi Sling!"
"How are you?"...
"Watcha doin'?"...
"nuthin'"...after this initially electric exchange,the conversation pretty much becomes strained.

So,I usually just tell people not to bother calling me,because I won't answer the phone anyway.I really won't...I'm not kidding.

"Oh my God!..How can you NOT answer the phone?...What if it's an emergency?"..
"Like what?"
"Well,..like,what if somebody died?"
"Then they're gonna be just as dead whether you call me or not,so why should I let that ruin MY day?"..

Throw in assorted telemarketers,and sundry other forms of peddlers,and the telephone becomes nothing more than a huge source of irritation.

The only time I really feel the need to use the phone,is when I call in sick to work..Like this morning.

"Good morning,K's Kustom Kabs"
"Hi,this is Sling,..I'm not feeling well this morning,kinda feverish,I think it's best if I stay home today"..
"Okay Sling,take care of yourself,and hope you're feeling better soon!"

I don't mind talking on the phone in this case at all 'cause,..you know,...I was lying.

EDIT:...Sorry,..I couldn't resist.

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At 1:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you going to get that? It's me. I know you're home because I just read your blog.

At 1:43 PM , Blogger Sling said...

vangie- How do I not your not just trying to sell me meteor insurance?

At 2:49 PM , Blogger Dan said...

I am totally like you. I HATE the phone. HATE IT! And I hate small talk. I almost never answer the phone -- caller ID makes that real easy. I always know who I'm not answering!

I have other thoughts to share but instead of typing them I'm just going to give you a call right now.

By the way, the music choice this time is much better.

At 3:12 PM , Blogger Sling said...

dan-I see from my caller ID that you called.
Sorry I wasn't able to come to the phone,I was;

1)In the shower..or
b)At the store buying..ummm...stuff..or
#)Putting out a small kitchen fire..Yeah!...that's it!

Glad you enjoyed the tune bro.I've decided to put these selections here for my own selfish convenience,..PLUS!..as an added bonus,..it's a great way to torture my friends.. ;)

At 4:35 PM , Blogger Grish said...

I rarely answer my house phone either and I to suck at small talk. I try. I really do but in the end I just got married. Now she can talk for me...Win, Win..:-P

At 5:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drat! Foiled again!

At 5:18 PM , Blogger ruby rocks said...

leo kottke always reminds me of sean penn in "the sweet and lowdown", the worlds second best guitarist. i loved that movie.

At 5:18 PM , Blogger Sling said...

grish-Women are just better at the whole social amenities thing.
Happily,it takes the pressure off us guys to be civil. :)

vangelina- :p

At 8:12 PM , Blogger Citymouse said...

did you call in sick today, because if you called in sick and yur not I can think of at least 3 or 4 bloggers who are going to come afer you, because they ARE sick... no one in my home will answer the phone -- they all think it if for me

At 8:21 PM , Blogger apositivepessimist said...

Heh heh I chucked a sickie today also...only I didn't ring anyone because well I'd only be ringing myself and I so hate lying to me.

At 10:29 PM , Blogger rosemary said...

I have caller ID set up on my TV screen, so I can just sit on the couch, pop bon bon's in my mouth, see who it is and if I am sick too...I probably caught it from you...I can just ignore the call and let the machine get it..or better yet, turn off the machine, see who it is and then a few days later I can say the power was out...works well in Idaho.

At 10:29 PM , Blogger rosemary said...

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At 10:26 AM , Blogger rosemary said...

stupid friggin blogger....like you needed to read my comment twice...once was bad enough! My machine is off...I am not in the mood today.

At 10:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only thing I hate more than talking on the phone is text-messaging. If they need to talk to me just call me. Even though I probably won't answer that, either.

At 12:32 PM , Blogger Lorraine said...

I was going to try and make a joke about how you didn't answer the phone so I couldn't ask if you wanted 2 applesauce cakes or 3 but it wasn't that funny.

Caller ID really massively rocks.

At 3:54 PM , Blogger Allan said...

It's sort of a neccesary evil- looking for work while dodging creditors is a helluva fun phone juggle

At 4:33 AM , Blogger HORIZON said...

l have a thing about phones Sling- good post by the way to bring it to our attention. Mobile phones being the worst- it's almost as if people feel they have the right to encroach upon anothers time/space. Arghh- the phone just went there- see! Why should l have to get up and answer?- it keeps ringing! ------Bugger off!!
Great guitar by Leo :)!

At 5:17 AM , Blogger Dan said...

Sling, pick up the damned phone!

At 1:54 AM , Blogger Middle Child said...

I didn't grow up with a phone in the house...in fact my kids were school age till I got one...

I love the phone in some ways...my sisters ring me often...we have a grapevine...its good fun especially if one of us has a hangover (never me...) but for the two kids...phone has become essential and we talk daily or at least almost every day...but it is so casual if someone is watching a video, or going to the toilet, or hanging out washing...or if a husband is becomming particuarly difficult and thick... we just skip off the phone like closing a door...but as to tele marketeers...etc bad news...

and with thephone...it does not replace letters for me...we still write to each other... phone is okay but has its place....

At 5:28 PM , Blogger CSL said...

I am a complete phone weenie, and I agree with you about wanting to see the face of the person I'm talking to. At least then I have the illusion that I can tell whether or not the other person is lying. And also about not needing to know immediately if someone is dead. Once a relative asked for contact numbers while I'd be out of the country in case someone died. What? And ruin my vacation? How about I just wait until I get back to find out?

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