Post 350: phone-y callers and others

I probably frustrate family and friends who try to call me. I know I do! I hate telephones, got rid of my landline phone years ago, barely tolerate having a cell phone, and rarely answer the phone except under duress!



Part of my dislike of phones comes from the such things as endless solicitations to get me to “upgrade” my credit card to get a more favorable APR. I PAY UP BEFORE CHARGES KICK IN! Yes, I am one of those people who pays off his credit cards at the earliest opportunity, so the credit card company can charge 5000% interest and I wouldn’t know. Or care. Seriously. I wouldn’t be affected!

Part of my dislike of phones comes from the fact that I can’t get to the phone till after it goes to voice mail. No, I do not have my phone surgically attached to me. I try to leave it one place because if I don’t, I may hear it “ring” but fail to find it.

I rarely carry it, I often don’t know exactly where it is when it “rings”, and many times, it totally discharges and goes days collecting messages remotely till someone sends me an e-mail or letter (!) asking why I don’t answer my phone! Don’t miss it, charge it when I (rarely) need it and can’t call till I get a small charge on it.

If I don’t recognize a number, I won’t return the call most times. If it’s the same area code as mine, same prefixes, I might recall. Might.

Part of my dislike of phones comes from the way calls come in randomly and (usually) just as I sit down to eat, take a shower, or have a bowel movement and am cleaning myself off…. (Sorry, but it happens!) Sometimes it comes while I’m in the middle of preparing a meal.

Ice cream for breakfast might help!

Ice cream for breakfast might help!

I eat at odd times because I can, so I don’t fault people for calling me during my meal times. I don’t like it, though, because there is no nice way to tell people you’d rather not eat while holding a phone.

I have caller ID on my phone. If I have a number that pops up with a name, I will answer that every time. No name, I rarely call back because most times the number is a telemarketeer (sic). I’ve no patience with them!

If I could get away without having a phone, I would. I might make two or three calls a whole month, and pay a little over $50 to Viaero for the service.

When I travel, it is nice to have a cell phone, and having a cell phone has been helpful several times since 2008 when I changed to cell phone over landline. But I still hate it.

For those who live with their phones and try to call me, don’t count on getting me the first time. People who know me best leave messages on facebook or by e-mail telling me they tried to call me. They are the people who get the return calls!

6 thoughts on “Post 350: phone-y callers and others

  1. I agree on all counts – hate telephones! It always rings at the most inopportune time. If I do get one at dinner, it either goes to the answer machine or (tele-marketers) I ask for their home number so I can call them back during their dinner.

  2. Ice cream of breakfast-oh yes-ith fresh strawberries and strawberry syrup.
    I do not have landlines either and have a cell phone-Iphone and also an iPad Air for traveling or when hubby is in the hospital.
    If my phone rings it is one of my kids or grandkids, or a dr or caregiver.
    You and the boys have a great week.

    • You name the Number 1 reason I keep my cell phone: contact with family and other people to pass on critical news.

      Thanks to my cats (and because I live alone!), I have strange eating patterns. I try to keep to breakfast at breakfast time since it is the most important meal of the day, but all other meals are when I feel a little hungry. When I have visitors, I follow a routine schedule, though. Of course, thanks to the cats, breakfast usually is between 3:30-4 AM!

  3. Hey Pepi. First of all I would like to wish you a Very Happy 66th Birthday !!! You wear it well !! I do hope the boys managed to get out and buy you an amazing gift but If not I’m sure they meant to ! lol !
    I also share your feelings about phones and I may be the last of the very few that do not have a cell phone .. I find it annoying enough when the phone rings and someone says I have just won a free cruise ! I also remember how excited I was the first time they picked ME !!! hehehehe ! After all I never win anything .. lol AND STILL HAVEN’T . EVEN JESSIE USED TO HAVE A FEW CHOICE WORDS FOR THAT AUTOMATED LADY WHO kept CALLING ME !

    If you never saw that video..Look up Jessie the Bird swears at Telemarketer . on Y-tube .
    I hope you are having a great Birthday my dear friend Pepi and many many more ~ Hugs Sharon

    • Thanks, Sharon! I forgot about the “free” cruises lady…! Yep, had those, too! I’m pretty sure I’ve see Jessie speaking plainly about that lady, but am going off to revisit it…just in case I’m having a senior moment and really haven’t Ha!

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