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Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

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Wednesday, January 9th, 2013


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.