I just had too much fun. Doesn't take much.
I just re-recorded our call notes message for the new year:
"LEAVE A MESSAGE 'CAUSE WE ARE HARD OF HEARING, NOT THAT YOU'D KNOW IT, AND WE HAVE CALLER ID AND WE THINK EVERYONE IN DC NEEDS VOTED OUT OF OFFICE. HOPE THAT ANSWERS ALL YOUR QUESTIONS. BYE"
And yeah, I shouted it.
I was tempted to leave the banally boring: you have reached someone who is at Walmart...or in the tub...or on the ...
It will never be as famous as the one we had our son record years ago when he was home from college: Hello you have reached the Williams....(and me interrupting yelling, "don't give out our name!") and my son saying quickly, "the smiths..please leave a message after the beep." That one got a pulpit mention with lots of encouragement to call and hear it. It was a classic. I shoulda had him re-enact it when he was home at Christmas.
I hate "unknown" or "private". Don't call me if you are unknown but to God. Now, every once in a while I will recognize my sister's 601 area code. But, most of the time, we play phone tag. And if you are so dag gum private, why the heck are you calling me??
And don't get me started on recording calls or calls for politicians. They make my blood boil. I have even asked politely to be taken off calling lists, or I have reminded callers from some politician that we are on the no call list and they have had the audacity to tell me that the no call list does not apply to them. Well, it does now. (insert explitive of choice)
My home is my castle. A place of refuge. I am not gonna kill myself diving for the phone. Life is just toooooooo short. And when you say, "call me" you'd better remember to say, "please".