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When Tara Met Blog
Friday, June 24, 2005
Answering machine woes, or why I suck at leaving messages
I hate people who take their time answering their cell phones. Not that I mind waiting, but because after 4 rings I think it's usually safe to say that they are not there or are not going to pick up. So I start planning a message in my head of what I'll say on their answering machine. Like a quick prepared speech like, "Hey there, it's Tara, sorry I missed you. I just want to say---" But then you get a real voice saying "Hello?" and there goes the message and any chance of a cool opening line or sounding breezy. Instead I'm startled and go, "Oh, hey, yeah it's Tara, you're there." It's terrible!

I practice phone messages in the first place for a reason. I'm a terrible message leaver, I either say way too much or make a joke. But it's a machine so the joke is just hanging there and so I fumble to make up for trying to leave a joke on a recording, so there are a lot of "ums" and "anyways."

Once when I was calling back a guy I had started seeing, my friends were actually holding their heads in pain. I freakin started talking about the weather on his answering machine. I was like, "yeah well I'm on my lunch hour, and it's real pretty out..." I then see my friends giving me the axe/cut-it signs and then I'm grabbing for more straws.

I also can't say "Call me back." I think it's rude and needy, so I say "talk to you later," thus implying I don't want a call back even if I do. Once I said "Call me back if you want to," which just sounds stupid. I mean, why wouldn't they want to ;) It's me! Haha, just kidding.

Posted by Tara at 9:01 PM PDT
Updated: Sunday, June 26, 2005 3:38 PM PDT

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 12:34 PM PDT

Name: Clublint
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It's worse when you get tongue tied and realise you have left the wrong message, then call back to apologise for the previous message only to make a bigger idiot of yourself.

Friday, June 24, 2005 - 3:38 AM PDT

Name: Nicole Gal Friday Pesce

hahaha-you're very good at hitting scenarios close to my heart. I'm known for leaving the Patented Pesce Voicemail that goes on until I get cut off; it starts off relevant ("Hi, this is Nicole, I just wanted to know ... ) and then the next thing you know, I'm laughing my ass off about something a pigeon just did, or asking if so-and-so watched Jon Stewart last night, and wondering aloud whether I should get my hair cut ... and it's simply pathetic.

Come to think of it, I post comments in a much similar fashion. :)

Monday, June 27, 2005 - 7:40 AM PDT

Name: Master Foley
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I so hate leaving messagess too
I feel like I sound like such a tool

Monday, June 27, 2005 - 6:01 PM PDT

Name: Hiromi
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Yup, similar situation with v-mail messages and me. With the exception that I MUST plan out EVERY WORD that I am plan on saying to a machine before I dial a single number. Yet, even with that, I sound like a total tool 99% of the time *sigh*.

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