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Old 10-24-2014, 02:02 PM   #21
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I don't get the "call me" calls anymore. (Except occasionally from 85 yo MIL when something goes amuck in her apt). I do almost all communication by text or email.


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You don't get any texts that read "Hey, text me..."?
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Old 10-24-2014, 02:09 PM   #22
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You have strange friends. If I didn't reach them on the first call, I would leave a message saying "I hate telephone tag. Email me with what you want to talk about and a good time to reach you."

Yeah - calls without a subject . With all the tenants phone calls are rarely good and I'd really like to be prepared and, you know, efficient. Is the building on fire? 30 day notice? why the rent will be late? plumbing plugged? move in date or deposit amounts?

We just go with "phone tag - you're it".
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Back in the 1990s, when my 80-something grandfather (my only grandparent still alive) left a message on my answering machine, all he would say is, "Grandpa calling!" and hang up.

So, when I'd call him and he'd answer, I'd say "Grandson calling!" The only catch there is he has 3 other grandsons in addition to me. He'd have to pause to try to recognize the voice (I did not know if he had put out calls to any of the other grandsons). He would figure out it was me and we'd have a good laugh before talking about stuff.
This is about answering the phone as opposed to leaving messages, but I'll tell it anyway. Not sure if the same convention was in effect in the US but when I was growing up in England in the 70's, the accepted "proper" method of answering the phone was to say the exchange name and your number. So if your number was Bromsgrove 6734, that's what you'd say when you picked up the phone. When my dad retired, he loosened up a little and would answer the phone with simply, "George speaking" and then in his later years, he really let it all hang out by simply picking up the phone and saying abruptly, "George." This was in the days before caller ID, and was quite a renegade move for my rather conservative Dad

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If I need DH to pick up stuff at the store, or go to an address, it is a lot simpler to just email or text him those things rather than have him write them down and possibly lose the piece of paper!

But I can see where you wouldn't care for it...considering you don't have a cell phone!
I've had a few times recently when I've thought that being able to text would be very convenient. I'm sure if and when I ever get onboard with a cellphone, I'll take to texting very quickly.

PS - I did have a cell before, when I was working, so I'm not a complete dinosaur. Didn't text though due mainly to the fact that texting back then cost more, and wasn't as popular as it is now. I remember hearing that people in the UK texted each other like crazy, but it hadn't caught on here yet.
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My SIL will leave long, rambling messages...as if she's talking to you. "Blah, blah "isn't that great? what do you think? so, I was telling Joe, blah, blah" She can sometimes go on for several minutes or until the machine cuts her off.

It's like she doesn't know you're not there.

Why don't you return the message that goes something like "yeah, ...., I know what you mean, ... no, .... maybe, .... yeah, ...., OMG, ...., ok. Bye. "


DW and I play golf and often matched up with others. A good portion of them gives us their number or ask for our number. That's the last time we ever hear from them. Perhaps, people are just saying "call me" but don't really mean to. These days, we politely decline to take or share our number.
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PS - I did have a cell before, when I was working, so I'm not a complete dinosaur. Didn't text though due mainly to the fact that texting back then cost more, and wasn't as popular as it is now. I remember hearing that people in the UK texted each other like crazy, but it hadn't caught on here yet.
I came late to texting. While I got my first cell phone in 1995, it was one of those clunky Motorola ones where you had to tap the right combination of numbers for every letter. I found that a PITA. However, I remember visiting Ireland in the late 90s and seeing my 20 something relatives all texting away at a furious speed. I don't know how they did it. The Blackberry keyboard is what got me started on texting. I do not find screen only phones to be as ergonomic, so I do most of my texting from my iPad.
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I came late to texting. While I got my first cell phone in 1995, it was one of those clunky Motorola ones where you had to tap the right combination of numbers for every letter. I found that a PITA. However, I remember visiting Ireland in the late 90s and seeing my 20 something relatives all texting away at a furious speed. I don't know how they did it. The Blackberry keyboard is what got me started on texting. I do not find screen only phones to be as ergonomic, so I do most of my texting from my iPad.

Have you noticed that people are opting to text when it is faster to call? DW usually calls the person after a several round of instant texting. I love that about her.
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Have you noticed that people are opting to text when it is faster to call? DW usually calls the person after a several round of instant texting. I love that about her.
Back when email first came out, my company instituted a 'rule' of sorts that after 3-4 back and forths on email, "pick up the phone".
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Back when email first came out, my company instituted a 'rule' of sorts that after 3-4 back and forths on email, "pick up the phone".
It's a good rule that I use often. A lot of careers & working relationships are lost due to badly formed/exchanged e-mails, ill timed reply alls, and forwards without one's consent. People don't realize how damaging e-mail can be.
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Have you noticed that people are opting to text when it is faster to call? DW usually calls the person after a several round of instant texting. I love that about her.
I do this with my son, often. Much faster to get the info out of a middle schooler if you actually use your MOM voice.
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I do this with my son, often. Much faster to get the info out of a middle schooler if you actually use your MOM voice.
Is that the voice from Dune or more like a Jedi voice accompanied by a handwave? "You don't need to text and drive, my padawan."
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Back in my w*rking days, I used to return mystery phone calls by leaving a message like this:

"Hi, this is braumeister with another round of Telephone Tag. This is one of my pet peeves, so either call or email me with a message that tells me what's up, or else a time when I'm sure you'll answer your phone."

This worked 99% of the time.
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I never returned a call, unless the message included the subject or topic. And always hung up on anyone talking to me on a speakerphone.
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I never returned a call, unless the message included the subject or topic. And always hung up on anyone talking to me on a speakerphone.
Great! You reminded me of another favorite thing from my w*rking days. I had a neighbor in the next cube who decided to use her speakerphone instead of picking up the handset. Since she had the volume up high, it was an instant distraction to everyone in the vicinity.

After a couple of days of this, I walked around and stood next to her, where I said in a loud voice "Hey Mary, I don't mind you using the speakerphone, but would you please stop all the farting?"

She never did it again.
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I screen most of my calls with a message to that effect and if they don't leave a message with why I should call back I tell them I won't. I figure if it was really important they would leave a message otherwise I don't care either.

Too many people don't seem to have any phone manners.

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You people still use phones? That's so 2010.

All my voicemails go straight to email and get transcribed by google voice. If it's unable to translate, it's probably my MIL saying "call me back" and trying to get in touch with DW. Otherwise most people I know speak English well enough for me to decipher the message without having to listen to it.

+1 on the "call me back" irritation. I thing I'd do 1 go round of phone tag before I gave up. When I call I always leave a reason for the call. It takes 2-5 seconds and lets the recipient gauge the priority ("my house is on fire!"=immediate, "let's figure out a time for next year's family vacation"=important, but not urgent at all).
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