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Answering Machine

Posted on 2007.01.28 at 09:55
Current Location: 63114
Current Music: Go Diego Go - The Great Jaguar Rescue

For years the average ape has attempted creative ways to let callers know what to do (and when) to leave a message on an answering machine.

Unfortunately for me, people aren't always as smart as they might appear. You see, I chose to forgo the entire preamble prior to the beep, and assumed that the caller would know what to do, and when. After all, no matter how creative or interesting most answering machine messages are, the majority conclude with the instruction, "Please leave a message after the beep." Who, in this day and age of technology doesn't know the importance of this timing? You don't leave a message before the beep - only afterwards. The beep is the key. In fact, I'd guess that all you reading this now, know just what to do. Furthermore, you're probably wondering why I'd even bring it up.

I'll tell you why. I'm willing to tell ya, I'm wanting to tell ya, I'm waiting to tell ya! Beacause for several years, I never had one person leave a message on my answering machine. Not friends, not family, not telemarkers. No one. When pressed as to why, they always exclaimed, "I was waiting for the message."

I had an answering machine which I set to simply, "Beep."


Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2007-01-28 16:28 (UTC) (Link)
Hehe. I love the idea of just a beep.

No one leaves voicemail/answering service messages for me. Of course, that might be because my non-work-phone message is along the lines of "This is Michaela, please leave a message if you are a close blood relative or this is a medical emergency. Otherwise send me an email."

If I get messages, they're usually "Er ... sorry, Michaela, I'll send you an email". :)

And I LOL'd at the My Fair Lady reference.
ehowton at 2007-01-28 17:08 (UTC) (Link)
I all to often underestimate those on my FL, especially when it comes to my subtle references. You rock.
irulan_amy at 2007-01-28 18:23 (UTC) (Link)

dreamkatch at 2007-01-28 18:39 (UTC) (Link)
For a long time after high school, when I got my first place, my answering machine message said simply, "Hey, it's Lyssa. You know what to do."
ehowton at 2007-01-29 00:31 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, you had a message and a beep. What was I thinking trying to truncate the standard?
snapper521 at 2007-01-28 22:32 (UTC) (Link)
Hahaha. :-D

Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-01-30 07:18 (UTC) (Link)

While riding in my Cadillac
What to my surprise
A little Nash Rambler was following me
About one third my size
The guy musta wanted to pass me up
As he kept on tooting his horn
I'll show him that a Cadillac is not a car to scorn
Beep beep beep beep
His horn went beep beep beep

I pushed my foot down to the floor
To give the guy the shake
But the little Nash Rambler stayed right behind
He still had on his brake
He musta thought his car had more guts
As he kept on tooting his horn (beep beep)
I'll show him that a Cadillac is not a car to scorn
Beep beep beep beep
His horn went beep beep beep

My car went into passing gear
And we took off with gust (whoosh)
Soon we were going ninety
Musta left him in the dust
When I peeked in the mirror of my car
I couldn't believe my eyes
The little Nash Rambler was right behind
You'd think that guy could fly
Beep beep beep beep
His horn went beep beep beep

Now we were doing a hundred and ten
This certainly was a race
For a Rambler to pass a Caddy
Would be a big disgrace
The guy musta wanted to pass me up
As he kept on tooting his horn (beep beep)
I'll show him that a Cadillac is not a car to scorn
Beep beep beep beep
His horn went beep beep beep

Now we're going a hundred twenty
As fast as I can go
The Rambler pulled along side of me
As if we were going slow
The fella rolled down his window
And yelled for me to hear
"Hey buddy how do I get this car outa second gear?"
galinda822 at 2007-01-29 01:59 (UTC) (Link)
There you go assuming again! :)
Anything out of the 'norm' and people just get all confused.
ehowton at 2007-01-29 03:13 (UTC) (Link)
It would be a burden if it didn't amuse me so.
photogoot at 2007-01-29 05:10 (UTC) (Link)
As long as I have known you, you have resisted change for what you perceive as the ignorance of others. For an equally long time I have been amused at the length of time you will let a situation like this persist. You keep battling those windmills my friend, we are all the better for it! And its funny as heck too!
ehowton at 2007-01-29 05:37 (UTC) (Link)
Does that make you my squire?
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-01-30 06:31 (UTC) (Link)
You and I have a similar view of life: we think deep and long and hard about an issue, form our opinion and take action based on that opinion. However, because the thought trail is in our heads (and may have been brewing for years) we forget that other people don't have the rich reasoning as to why we are doing what we are doing. Therefore, we think that the world is a collection of stupid persons. I shall now quote part of one of my most favorite sermons that I used to listen to back in the day.

You can be wrong. If everybody is telling you the same thing [unamiously], that many people can't be wrong.
ehowton at 2007-01-30 19:01 (UTC) (Link)
Nah, I usually just react. Regardless of this fact, I trust my reactions over my logic.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-01-30 06:43 (UTC) (Link)
In an unrelated subject, do you think I should break down and go avatar shopping?
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2007-01-30 06:53 (UTC) (Link)
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snapper521 at 2007-02-01 22:50 (UTC) (Link)
You are a comment whore or somthing.

Always get tons of comments.

I'm jealous.

If you haven't already - go read my post. *grin*
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