SOMEBODY GET THAT!!
Remember the old days and telephones? Most of us had one phone in the house. When it rang, it would not stop ringing, especially if the caller believed you were home. There was no answering service and no caller ID.
If you failed to answer the phone you were almost sure to some time or other have to answer the question, “Where were you?” from the caller and you better have a good answer.
The phone did not ring that often, so when it did, you answered it. It only rang when it was someone you needed to talk to, or something important.
There was a lot of yelling when the phone rang.
“Somebody get that!”
“I’ll get it.”
“Who is it?”
“It’s for me.”
“It’s Johnny, he’s back from the store and wants to play ball.”
You never did not answer the phone.
Today we have caller ID, voicemail, and the phone is in your pocket, not upstairs in your parent’s bedroom. After 4 rings it goes to voicemail.
Today we get a zillion calls a day. Almost all are crap calls soliciting something or other. There is this “Do not call” thing that was supposed to stop these calls. It does not. Have you ever read of anyone being charged with calling someone on the “Do no call list?”
No, you have not. That is because it is not worth crap. It is ignored and or callers have found ways to avoid detection.
Experts tell us to not pick up the phone if you don’t know who is calling. If it is important, they will leave a message. If you do answer, even if you immediately hang up or curse the caller out, it only encourages more crap calls.
The expert advice is good advice.
Those of us who grew up with one phone, with no caller ID or voicemail, unlimited rings and lots of yelling, are programmed to always answer. We know better, but we just can’t help it.
I’m slowly getting better, if I don’t know the caller by ring-tone or caller ID, and am not expecting a call, I generally do not pick up…but it kills me to ignore it.
A voice in my head always yells, “Somebody get that!”