Yeah, I'm breaking the rules again.
So here is a pet peeve. The phone rings. I let it ring a few times to weed out the spam calls.
When I do answer, I say hello and count to four, not very fast. Nobody talks.
So I hang up.
If you're mad because somebody hung up just as you started to talk, get over it. If I interrupt what I'm doing to pick up the phone, I expect you to be paying attention to the fact that I answered the call.
Then I expect you to say hello so I know you were paying attention.
Then I expect you to say who you are. I didn't call you, and if I don't know who you are, there's no reason I should talk to you.
Only then should you ask who answered the phone or ask for the person you wanted to talk to.
Face it, if I know you, I'll recognize your voice. If I don't, you're a stranger. My momma told me not to talk to strangers. If you're not willing to tell who you are, then you intend to remain a stranger.
I'm supposed to care if you're mad because I hung up? NGHMFriend.
Somebody I know says I have to realize that cells don't have instantaneous response, the signal has to go up to the satellite and back down again. That's what the four-count is for.
So if you can't spend at least half a minute while I weed out the spam and you start messing with paper on your desk and you aren't ready to say Hello when I pick up, you don't really care about talking to me at all, you just care about me listening to you. There's a difference.
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