I Have Four . . . er, Three Phones

Call me now baby, and I’d come a running

old-fashioned-phone

Have you bought a phone recently? It seems you can’t buy just one phone anymore. You automatically get all these extra bonus phones. I could see the point of more phones if we all weren’t using cordless phones already, but now with the technology that allows us to walk from room to room with one phone . . . why do we need four?

I tried to convince the guy at Best Buy to give me fewer phones for fewer dollars, but he was not programmed for such an exchange.

“Look, I only need one, so I’ll just take one, and pay you a quarter of the price.”

“Did you need a wireless headset with that?”

Grr.

Just what I need in my life: more phones. Because I hate talking on the phone, you see, and I’m convinced that the more phones I have, the more phone calls I’ll get. I’m picturing each of these four phones ringing constantly, with me running breathlessly from room to room, trying to answer them, all while my cake is burning in the oven and the kitchen is filling up with smoke.

Which is ridiculous, because I don’t even answer the one phone we have now. Nor do I bake, but that burning cake always seems to be part of the scenario.

Of course, I don’t have to USE them all, but I have four phones, I PAID for four phones, I WANT my four damn phones.

So now the person who never talks on the phone has a phone in every room.

I actually feel like a very wealthy celebrity, with my four phones. Except, of course, I forget the phone that’s right over there, and keep walking ALL THE WAY into the office to wait for the phone to stop ringing so I can listen to the message so I can delete it.

Oh, and we now have speakerphone capability. I was pretty excited about this feature, as I imagined talking to clients while taking a shower or baking a cake (again: not part of my actual real life).

I tested the speakerphone on my mom.

“OK, you’re on speakerphone! Can you hear me?”

“You could talk a little softer.”

“How about now?”

“Still softer.”

I moved the phone a few feet away.

“Now? Too loud?”

“Yes! Still too loud.”

I went into the other room and whispered,

“Can you hear me?”

Pause.

“It could still be softer.”

So the speakerphone part is kind of a dud.

Plus I keep losing phones. When the battery dies, they start chirping. This invariably happens in the middle of the night. I don’t know why that tiny, innocuous chirping sound is so terrifying when it wakes you up, but it is. One phone is gone for good, tho. If it ever chirped, I didn’t hear it.

Wherever it is, maybe it’s finally far enough away from my mouth for the speakerphone to be effective. I’d love to replace it so I can have all four phone holders filled with phones again, but what are the odds of being able to buy just one phone?

About the same as me baking a cake.

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48 Responses to “I Have Four . . . er, Three Phones”

  1. 1 Barb - WillThink4Wine

    I have a home phone, 2 business lines and 2 cell phones. No matter where I am or what phone I have with me, the other phone in the other room will ring.
    .-= Barb – WillThink4Wine´s last blog ..Hairdate 1996.06 =-.

  2. 2 Bingo

    I hate that too, so I have one phone only and most of the time it’s off.
    .-= Bingo´s last blog ..Bingo community – Chapter 3 =-.

  3. 3 Kathy

    We had a wall-mounted phone once that we loved. Forget why we had to throw it out. A piece must have broken. Hubs put it in the garage for later disposal and we could hear it making a pitiful beeping sound for like a week. I told him to have mercy and put it out of its misery. Poor thing.

    We have more TVs than phones. I don’t even want to admit how many.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..How to Make Sure People Find Your House =-.

  4. 4 CatLadyLarew

    I’ve been considering getting rid of my land line. I hate talking on the phone even more that you do! Except that with my land line I have caller ID, and my magic phone says who it is that’s trying to annoy me out loud! I don’t even have to get up to check the answering machine… I can ignore the call with impunity and erase it the next time I happen to go near the answering machine. In other words… my phone screens call so you don’t have to!
    .-= CatLadyLarew´s last blog ..A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Get More Coffee… =-.

  5. 5 Grace

    Since I rarely use the phone the fact that we each have a cell phone, a phone in the living room, one on my desk and one on my husband’s desk – seems a bit much but since we have 3 levels and my knees are shot having a phone on each floor helps. My cell phone has been turned off for days now, the battery needed to be re-charged and I just haven’t got around to it. I do like speaker phone now, used to hate it, but it cuts down on people having to tell the same story twice. Love caller id – if we have the tv on when a call comes in the id shows up on the tv screen. BTW – we have one tv, it came with the house…
    .-= Grace´s last blog ..Awww Mondays =-.

  6. 6 Pricilla

    Did you ever notice that when you misplace the handsets to the cordless phones they all end up in the same place? It’s like they congregate together magically.

    The publicist bakes cakes all the time. In fact she should be baking an angel food cake right now but she is looking at blogs. She has to bake it for the male person’s fire company meeting tonight. She really needs to snap to!
    .-= Pricilla´s last blog ..Goatucation =-.

  7. 7 Jen

    I recently went on a mission to replace one of the phones that came in the four pack. The display went out and even though I could hear who was calling if I was talking on that phone and someone called waited in I didn’t know who it was. This caused all sorts of anxiety so I had to replace it. My next door neighbors bought a new phone, the same one I have so now when a phone rings I can’t tell whose phone it is. The worst thing about wireless phones, and having one in just about every room, is that they all end up in my son’s room with a drained battery. None of this really matters that much since no one calls me but still.
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..House Cleaning Blog Style =-.

  8. 8 Daisy the Curly Cat

    I am a little bit embarrassed to admit that we have NINE phones here. Not counting the two cell phones. There is even one in the garage! But none in the bathrooms, thank goodness. And usually, no one answers any of them.
    .-= Daisy the Curly Cat´s last blog ..Happy Labor Day! =-.

  9. 9 C.B. Jones

    I ordered a Tracfone with that Double minutes for eternity thing off eBay last week. If not for labor day, I’d be receiving it in the mail today.

    If i had known about this pay as you go thing before recently, I would probably start collecting cell phones. This’ll be my first. I can no longer pride myself on being one of the few people who knows he doesn’t need a cell, and thus doesn’t own one. Now I’m one of the many who may not actually need it, but can pull it out and pretend they’ll all important and stuff. Yippy!
    .-= C.B. Jones´s last blog ..Mindful Poem: poetic justice. =-.

  10. 10 absepa

    Our answering machine died a few months ago, and we just…haven’t bothered to replace it. Now, I can check the caller ID, ignore whomever it is, AND I don’t have the pressure of returning a message.

    What is it with the battery chirping in the middle of the night? My husband’s cell phone always decides to start with the beeping at about 2am. Which makes the dogs bark. Which makes me get up and stomp around, grumbling. The husband, of course, always sleeps blissfully through the whole thing.
    .-= absepa´s last blog ..It’s a major award* =-.

  11. 11 Pippa

    Sales men who would have ‘em! My speaker phone function doesn’t work that good either… keep losing them too as they are soooooooooooooooooooooooo small. Phones! Pwah!
    .-= Pippa´s last blog ..The Yummy Mummy with No Tummy Challenge – Week Three! =-.

  12. 12 Kathryn

    You are too funny. And you have an obvious obsession with cake.
    We have that setup, too. The “homebase” is in the kitchen and that has the answering machine. The other 3 phones just sit in bases and plug into outlets. If you’re unaware, there’s an intercom feature on these things….Taylor has been known to call me from downstairs to ask me something. I know he’s calling ahead of time, ’cause he doesn’t know what # handset I am. So, I hear the kitchen one ring and stop, then Connor’s rings and stops and then mine goes off. That’s how I know *not* to answer it.
    No matter….he just sends me a text from his cell to mine…..
    .-= Kathryn´s last blog ..Mom of the Year, Not. (Thanks, Elton) =-.

  13. 13 babs - beetle

    We used to have four phones but when for some reason the main phone kind of died, the other three phones were obsolete! You pay for four phones, ONE phone dies and you have to buy FOUR again! We didn’t. We got two this time.

    It goes like this in our house – Ring, ring. “It’ll be for you”…”No it won’t, it’s always for you”…. “Go on, answer it” It’s for you” …..”Oh for goodness sake…..Hello…..”"Is Mo there?”" “See I told you it would be for you!”
    .-= babs – beetle´s last blog ..I’ve eaten in some funny places, but… =-.

  14. 14 georgie

    OMGosh we just got new phones and it came with 4 handsets as well…the chirping thing is killin me b/c NO ONE in my damily Famn can put a phone back on the base grrrr

    You are so funny!
    .-= georgie´s last blog ..Things I Covet =-.

  15. 15 JD

    Barb – WillThink4Wine: Oh, that sounds like a nightmare. I hope you don’t do a lot of baking.

    Bingo: Good job. All phones should always be off.

    Kathy: Oh, poor phone. Wait, am I feeling sorry for a phone? The sound would probably make me feel bad, tho, like it was an actual creature begging to be made useful again.

    CatLadyLarew: I want caller ID! But Dave refuses. But it’s never anyone I want to talk to anyway! We should get rid of our land line too. And the cell phone. Can’t we all just use e-mail?

    Grace: One TV??? OK, in your situation, I can see the advantage to having multiple phones. I wish I could use speakerphone with my mom (practically the only person I talk to on the phone) because it hurts my neck to hold the phone while I’m at the computer. Yes, I multitask!

    Pricilla: Mmmm. I love angelfood cake. I hope hers doesn’t burn while she’s looking for all her lost phones. I guess phones are like remotes or single socks.

    Jen: You’re right: but still. I bet if you only had one phone, the fact that it always ends up in your son’s room wouldn’t be so annoying. I don’t have call waiting, but hearing the click and not knowing who it was would drive me nuts. Can’t we just get rid of phones all together? Look how miserable they’re making us!

    Daisy the Curly Cat: NINE?! That is a lot of phones, Daisy. I would think that’s something your Mommeh might train you and Harley to do: be telephone operators. I think that would make for a very funny Sunday Comics.

    C.B. Jones: Oh, yeah. The days of not needing a cell phone for SOMEthing are over. Now I’m embarrassed that I don’t have an iPhone, but at least my cell isn’t the gargantuan thing that took up my entire purse that I used to haul around.

    absepa: Yes, husbands are good at sleeping thru stuff like cell phones chirping, cats puking, and spouses saying, Stop jabbing me with your elbow. I’d gladly trade in my answering machine for caller ID.

    Pippa: YEAH! PWAH! That’s the term I’ve been trying to think of.

    Kathryn: Oh, man. That’s even worse than asking Dave to e-mail me what he wants from the store because I’m too lazy for a face-to-face conversation. I’ve never used the intercom feature, but only because, believe it or not, we don’t have a phone in the basement, and that’s the only place I’d need to call.

    babs – beetle: HAHAHAHA! Oh, that is crazy that you need to replace all four phones. I HOPE ours doesn’t work that way. The one that’s lost—well, who knows if it’s still working; I assume it is. I say we just go back to Morse code and smoke signals.

    georgie: The chirping! I hate it! Tho ours haven’t chirped in a while, since I’m good about replacing them. And those batteries seem to last, like, 4 minutes!

  16. 16 Maureen

    The problem I have with phones, is as soon as we “upgrade” a better one comes out with more features.

    I currently pay for the whole family’s phones: A landline with two phones at home, a Blackberry for me, a texting LG for daughter, and a simple LARGE screen / button one for my stubborn “I don’t need glasses” husband.

    Sheesh.
    .-= Maureen´s last blog ..Technically They ARE Animals… =-.

  17. 17 Steve`

    I don’t own a phone. Skype allows me to talk to everyone I’d like to talk to for $3/month, and I never have to charge my desktop computer.

    On the other hand I made a big pan-size cookie cake this morning! So we are complementary (as in complementary colors).

    Sudden craving…. I’m going to go eat some cookie cake.
    .-= Steve`´s last blog ..September 7 – Photo Fact =-.

  18. 18 Stephanie Barr

    We have a land line through our cable company so we can only have one base station. We also have two floors and many many rooms so a four phone system is about minimal for us. Especially since we also have a teenager so we can never actually find any of the handsets we have.

    I’ll tell you one thing, though, we went through system after system and the, hands down, best is Panasonic. We’ve had this system for longer than the last five systems combined. I’ll never buy a different brand.
    .-= Stephanie Barr´s last blog ..For Jeff King: Tell me about dreams =-.

  19. 19 Jay

    Hahaha! That’s funny! I guess we have four phones too, because there are two handsets on the landline, and we each have a mobile phone (cell phone). I never, ever remember to pick up the second handset when the phone rings. It’s always the mad dash into the lounge to pick up before the answering machine cuts in, because for some reason best known to the designer, it’s impossible to switch back to phone, once it starts.

  20. 20 DrowseyMonkey

    LOL … ‘it could still be softer’ …. omg, that’s my sister. When she calls me my ear bleeds a little.

    I’m resisting – I still have my old apple green flip phone. Was very popular about 5 years ago. No, seriously. It was.
    .-= DrowseyMonkey´s last blog ..Only in Canada, eh =-.

  21. 21 Your Daily Cute

    I am proud to announce that I am a one-phone person! I got rid of the land line, and only have just my one cell phone. Not that it’s any more freeing — that darn thing rings off its nonexistent hook all day anyway.
    .-= Your Daily Cute´s last blog ..The Happiest Squirrel EVER =-.

  22. 22 Regan

    I don’t think you can have too many phones. You need your work phone, your fun phone, your bluetooth phone, your house phone, your other house phone, your only call for emergencies phone, your prank calling phone, your old phone you never got rid of….

    If you think about it, you could build a pretty cool fort out of phones.

  23. 23 JD

    Maureen: Sounds like you might be ready to get rid of your landline, too. As much as I hate talking on the phone, I would so love a Blackberry or an iPhone. Ah loves the gadgetry.

    Steve: Oh, geez. Now I want cookie cake SO FREAKING BAD! And yours didn’t even burn or anything? I’ve really got to look into Skype. Except I can’t see where to attach the headset or whatever you use to my computer.

    Stephanie Barr: I had to check. Ours is AT&T. It was most likely the cheapest. Obviously, with your family and your set-up, you need the multiple phone dealie. But do yours chirp when your son misplaces them?

    Jay: Yes, these designers do have their mysterious ways. I, for one, wish they’d make a phone that you can cradle against your shoulder. Why can’t we do that anymore? This new, slim design is KILLING my neck.

    DrowseyMonkey: I believe you! It sounds awesome. If I had an apple green ANYthing phone, I’d hang onto it forever. Even if it didn’t work anymore.

    Your Daily Cute: Hmm. I’m very tempted. I don’t think I get more junk calls on my cell than I do on the landline, but then again I never have my cell turned on. Might be worth a try. And congrats on being a one-phone person!

    Regan: I would never have thought of building a fort out of phones, but YES! I’d love to start with that phone I lost. Will you please send us a photo of your phone fort?

  24. 24 Patty

    Oh, lord, talking on the phones have been my nightmare ever since my stint as a customer service representative–something about picking up the telephone seems to quadruple people’s nasty quotent…or maybe it was the hours of listening to the awful hold music to straighten out something that was our company’s mistake…it could’ve been that, too, I suppose.

    Since then, I have one cell phone that I keep ‘forgetting’ to turn to ring from silent…this habit has gotten me in trouble once when my husband’s car broke down. Um..oops?

    No baked goods here, but I think there’s a stale cherry poptart in the back of my cupboard, want it?
    .-= Patty´s last blog ..Threadless Tshirt Giveaway at jaypeeonline.net =-.

  25. 25 Stephanie B

    My son is actually the only person in the house who doesn’t displace them. My teenage daughter leaves them in her room (which is only slightly less permanent than smashing them with a hammer – you have to see her room to appreciate what I’m saying). My 18 month old loves to talk to the phone and has managed to call my cell and work phones repeatedly with the regular phone and her daddy’s cell phone she managed to steal. I’m not sure how many European countries she’s called yet and won’t know until I get the bill. And Lee and I are both terrible about leaving it wherever we are when we stop talking.

    Actually, Alex is the only one of us smart enough to just ignore the damn thing. Telling, isn’t it?
    .-= Stephanie B´s last blog ..Jeff King: Who Would You Like to Know Better? =-.

  26. 26 Patricia

    You sound like you have the same problem my sister and I have–we are loud phone talkers. We don’t talk loud in person, but when we get on a phone, the volume of our voices goes up. Everyone in the family has noticed this and commented. We certainly don’t need speakerphones.

  27. 27 Puglette

    the only handy thing about having multiple phones was using one to find the missing ones in daughters room.

    we got rid of the landline about a year ago. we each have a cell phone and that’s it. this seems to be working ok for us, until hubby leaves his at home. he has the ring volume up so loud it makes me jump if i call it and it rings across the room.

    speakerphone is a lot of fun when he tries to use it while driving his big noisy truck, it’s a lot of “what?” going back and forth until i get mad and hang up.
    hugs,
    puglette
    :o)
    .-= Puglette´s last blog ..Skating in the Puget Sound =-.

  28. 28 Preston

    I have the exact opposite problem, my mother can never ever ever hear me when I am on speaker phone. Now, the wireless bluetooth, on the other hand, is totally fabulous.

  29. 29 Florida Girl in Sydney

    I have a few things to say on this subject:

    1. Better a chirping phone than a chirping smoke detector– that’s the worst, and you know you’re never going to reach it easily.

    2. All that wireless stuff in the house– the one base unit phone with 2 or 3 additional phones that only need to be plugged into an electrical outlet, not a phone jack… well they’re pretty bad for your well-being. They put more radio waves in your house which leads to disruptive sleep, not being able to relax, etc.– it’s like an energy in the air. Add this to the computer wireless network and/ or other wireless stuff and there’s a lot going on there. Just something to think about, in case you didn’t have enough to push you toward the edge. Same deal with anything bluetooth. I’m not making this up– google it.

    3. Health hazards and all– I need another freaking phone in my house. Our rental house is spread across 3 stories, we have two phones we can never reach in time. I should probably run out and get another 3 pack of toxic-wave creating wireless phones.
    .-= Florida Girl in Sydney´s last blog ..Big Daddy =-.

  30. 30 Jeff

    We cut the cord a few years ago and went like totally cellular a few years ago. Now we’re completely off the grid. No number in the phone book, no spam calls, no looking us up online. It’s awesome.

    Of course I missed out when the Reader’s Digest Sweepstakes people tried to find me and gave up… but there are trade-offs in everything.
    .-= Jeff´s last blog ..Fair Play =-.

  31. 31 JD

    Patty: Heh. Sorry, hubby! But maybe your peace of mind is just a LITTLE more important than him waiting for a tow-truck for 7 hours. Is that cherry poptart frosted?

    Stephanie B: Ooops, sorry! Of course I know your son isn’t a teenager; I should’ve realized you were talking about your daughter. I love that Roxie has possibly called Romania. Do let us know how your bill looks!

    Patricia: Hey, who you callin’ loud?! I seriously don’t think I’m a loud phone talker. But that speakerphone maybe amplified my voice? Whatever the reason, I’m bummed that I can’t use the speakerphone—at least with my mom. Maybe she’ll start going deaf soon.

    Puglette: “Until I get mad and hang up.” I usually have this reaction pretty early in any given phone conversation. I’m glad your arrangement works well for you. I hate loud ringer volumes. We can barely hear our phone—and that’s the way I like it.

    Preston: Ugh! Don’t give my mom any ideas! I can’t imagine ever needing to talk on the phone so badly that I’d need a headset of any kind. Please, let it never come to that.

    Florida Girl In Sydney: Wow. I didn’t know that about wireless stuff. I think I’ll move the bedroom phone somewhere else. That’s crazy! But I believe you. And I agree about the chirping smoke detector. That drives us AND the cats crazy.

    Jeff: That sounds like paradise. I think I should try talking Dave into a like, totally cellular lifestyle, too. I’m not sure he’s ready to take that step, but I’ll show him your comment. That should convince him.

  32. 32 Prefers Her Fantasy Life

    Actually those speakers phones work well when you’re put on hold and don’t want to listen to muzak in your ear for 25 minutes. You just place it on the table and blog away until the receptionists takes your call and you can get the meds you need.
    .-= Prefers Her Fantasy Life´s last blog ..Not The Way I Thought "The Sex Talk" Would Happen =-.

  33. 33 Anne

    We have so many phones in our house and still can never find one that works when it rings. I have left them in the basement, in the car, in the garage, pretty much anywhere I go. And thanks to the beauty of cake mix, anyone can bake a cake :).
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..I Lost Weight and Other Random Thoughts =-.

  34. 34 Kim

    ok, wait: you folks actually PUT YOUR PHONES DOWN?! EVER?! huh. ‘Cause my 15-yr old daughter had me convinced she’s grown an additional appendage. Didn’t know the not-having-it-on-your-person is a possibility!! AND, as a flight attendant, asking passengers to turn off and stow their cell phones and “other handheld devices” is only slightly less painful or hazardous to MY health than trying to separate Little Old Ladies (and many younger ones) to losen the death-grips on their handbags for take-off and landing….

  35. 35 Jenn Thorson

    Hey, you’re like the “Can You Hear Me Now?” dude… except we all SO can hear you know because the speaker is apparently used for communicating with outer space. :)

    I am thinking of getting my first cell phone…. I had vowed to never have one, but I’ve had three things now where it might have been handy.

    I feel like I’m going over to the dark side.
    .-= Jenn Thorson´s last blog ..Cabbage Bowling: the Abuse Abides =-.

  36. 36 natural

    oh gaud. 4 phones! call 911.

    one phone – will never get lost
    one cord – you won’t get far
    mounted on the wall – priceless

    i feel bad for you and tonight in your honor i’m turning off the ringer for a few hours of silence.

    hey you got a favicon!
    .-= natural´s last blog ..Herstory In the Making =-.

  37. 37 l??n??u

    this was funny and isn’t this always the case – on tv

    “with me running breathlessly from room to room, trying to answer them, all while my cake is burning in the oven and the kitchen is filling up with smoke.”

    usually my cookies are burning and for some reason that doesn’t sound like a good thing, but like i need shots.

    and i’m a little snot. sorry.
    .-= l??n??u´s last blog ..Herstory In the Making =-.

  38. 38 l??n??u

    awh, heck, my name was totally upside down

    ???n??u

    i guess that’s what i get, eh?
    .-= l??n??u´s last blog ..Herstory In the Making =-.

  39. 39 natural

    okay you might want to delete these last 2. :( i’m sowee
    .-= natural´s last blog ..Herstory In the Making =-.

  40. 40 ann of thejunkdrawerblogfamily

    The only reason that I still have a landline phone is to order movies on demand for the tv. Why I need a phone for that when I point and click the remote is beyond me.

    Oh yeah, we need it for the alarm system, too. So the alarm monitoring people can call me to see if I’m still alive after I’ve been burglarized.

  41. 41 MomZombie

    Funny. No matter how many phones we install in our home, they all end up missing. Eventually we just turned off the ringer to stop torturing ourselves.
    .-= MomZombie´s last blog ..Monday meme on Tuesday (barely) =-.

  42. 42 My Semblance of Sanity

    I am all for the JUST GIVE ME A PHONE that …
    will not cut out right next to a cell tower,
    one that will let me flip over to the other line without telling ME MY FREAKING KEYS ARE LOCKED,
    one that can make a mean macchiato,
    help me lose 50 lbs
    and schedule my mani/pedi each week!

    Now, THAT’s A MOM PHONE!
    .-= My Semblance of Sanity´s last blog ..Hello, is this Ms. Way-too-Busy? =-.

  43. 43 Muskrat

    I walk around with my business cell and personal cell on me all the time. I feel sorta lame doing it, but hey, I can be sorta lame sometimes.
    I also have an antiquated home phone and an office phone. Just got google voice (but I haven’t taken the time to figure out how to use it). So, I have 5 phone numbers.
    .-= Muskrat´s last blog ..is it just me, or is this guy an asshole? =-.

  44. 44 April

    My ringer has been off on my home phone for…uh… over 2 years. I work in an office, where one of my many tasks to manage each day is the phone which rings a lot. So, by time I get home, I’m ready to stab anyone within vicinity at the sound of a ringing phone. See, it’s for my childrens safety that I leave that ringer off. My cell phone is on vibrate and I usually just ignore it anyway.

    And wait. People still use answering machines?!?

  45. 45 kathcom

    I have three phones in a one bedroom apartment, but I refuse to have one in the bedroom so I still miss calls when I’m in there. Why would I want to wake up to the sound of a phone? Besides, if someone calls in the middle of the night, it can only be bad news.

    I just switched back to my answering machine because I was sick of paying extra for voicemail. No one calls me anyway…except with bad news. Maybe if I got rid of my phones nothing bad would ever happen again?
    .-= kathcom´s last blog ..Magick’s Twofer Tuesday, Part 2: Sandwich Salvation In Doubt =-.

  46. 46 JD

    Prefers Her Fantasy Life: Yes, exactly. I was previewing new music on iTunes and the muzak in my ear was distracting me from my iTunes music, so I made that discovery. Otherwise, it’s pretty useless to me.

    Anne: Technically, anyone can bake a cake. Anyone can burn a cake, too. Maybe YOU took our 4th phone! I certainly can’t find it anywhere.

    Kim: HA! So you’re the nice lady who very politely asked me to turn off my iPod (I’m a nervous flier and was listening to my relaxation music), to whom I responded, “I NEED IT ON!” Boy, I don’t envy you. And I don’t know how kids (or anyone) can stand being constantly connected to a phone. Don’t their voices hurt? Oh, yeah. Then they just text.

    Jenn Thorson: Oh, get one. You may as well. And as soon as you do? You’ll find WAY more than those three things where it will come in handy. (Like calling the Chinese restaurant from your car so the fried rice is ready RIGHT AWAY!)

    natural: Thanks for noticing my favicon! I’m rather proud of it. Thank you for your silent observation of my situation. I think I’ll turn off my ringers too. Oops! Already off.

    1??n??u: You ARE a little snot! I hope your cookies heal soon. That does sound rather painful. And possibly embarrassing. Heh. AND . . . this is now your official name. You’re stuck with it. No way I’m deleting ANYthing.

    ann of the junkdrawerblogfamily: Oh, yeah, you definitely need a phone. Would the alarm monitoring people send someone over if there was no phone? Probably not.

    MomZombie: Further proof that man can live without phones. But just try taking away my Internet.

    My Semblance of Sanity: Add to that a mini-massager and back-scratcher, and I’m in.

    Muskrat: Oh, my god. That’s my nightmare. 5 phone numbers? Does Google Voice require a headset or microphone or something? Wait, I don’t even want to know.

    April: I like the way you think. Stabbing is definitely my first plan of action when the phone rings. WHO THE HELL IS IT? Well, we need the answering machine because if the ringer’s off, how do we know who called? Oh, yeah: we don’t CARE!

    kathcom: Right, that’s why I’m gonna get rid of my bedroom phone (see also above: health hazards from wireless stuff). I think you may be on to something. Let’s all get rid of our phones and see if we can just make this world a better place.

  47. 47 ann

    Yeah, all those phones and when there were kids still living here do you think I could ever find one. I would run around the house trying to follow the ringing sound and never managed to find it before it stopped.
    .-= ann´s last blog ..Wow =-.

  48. 48 JD

    ann: Well, that’s why there’s voicemail. To avoid future frustration, you might just want to turn all the ringers off and check for messages at the end of the day.


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