“Allo? Nobody home!” Click


Since my Grandfather hated the telephone, every caller heard those words and hang-up every time he ”answered.” My Mom and her sister could barely get Grandpa to answer the phone, much less take a message.

One reason Grandpa hated the phone was because he was afraid of it – a lot of people were in the old days. He thought you could be electrocuted through the earpiece.  He thought that if sound traveled through the wires, electricity could too.

I don’t know how much Grandpa influenced me but I almost never answer my  phone. Every caller has to talk through my answer machine.  After decades of doing this, people are now shocked when I pick up (rarely.)  I often hear, “This is you? I was expecting your machine.” Some sound quite disappointed.

Is screening calls inconsiderate? Well think of how many people call you to whom you’d actually like to talk . Once I figured my percentage to be about 1 in 9. Those aren’t great odds.  Certainly not good enough for  me to pick up.

Rude? Well give me a call and we’ll talk about it.  Right.

3 Responses to ““Allo? Nobody home!” Click”

  1. Bill says:

    There are a lot of good reasons to pick up that have nothing to do with courtesy, but we’ve been over this ground before. Some people eat snails, some people like cats more than dogs, some people are Republicans, and some people don’t pick up the phone. It’s all pretty weird but not worth arguing about.

    By the way, back in the day when we still had telephone poles, your grandfather was right. Even the phone company used to put out warnings to not talk on the phone during lightning storms.

  2. paolo. says:

    My grandfather also refused to teach his children to swim because “only the kids who think they know how to swim drown.” My Mom and her sister learned well – they wouldn’t go NEAR large bodies of water or pools.

    Some logic is hard to refute.

  3. Bill says:

    Michael Jordan doesn’t know how to swim and refuses to go out in a boat. When people assure him he’ll be safe, he assures them he knows full well he will be safe because he won’t be going out in that boat.

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