Years ago my Mom forbade me to answer the phone before I was fully awake.
I would forget the call and often times I would come across as being rude.
Nowadays, it really depends upon how sleepy I am (and if I actually hear the
phone). This morning the phone rang several times; I heard it but actually
felt like not answering it (being way to early for my tastes). If
it was important, the person calling would leave a message.
Not one person who called left a message.
I'm waiting for one of my clients to call (he said he'd call at 2:00 pm,
it's a bit past 2:00 pm) so I'm killing some time as I usually do—browsing
While browsing, I came across the TiVo Giveaway, where you
submit an essay of upto 250 words why you should receive one. Not that I
watch all that much TV anymore, but it might be fun. I check the
1. THE PURCHASE OF TIVO SERVICE FOR 1 MONTH ($9.95) IS REQUIRED TO ACCEPT A
PRIZE IN THIS CONTEST. CONTEST VOID IN ARIZONA, FLORIDA, MARYLAND, NORTH
DAKOTA AND VERMONT AND TO THE RESIDENTS OF THESE STATES.
So much for entering the contest.
Phone just rang. Once. When I picked it up, dial tone.
I pause, not wanting a repeat of the previous phone call.
I pick up the phone. “Hello?”
Long pause. “Please do not hang up for I have some very important
information of vital concern,” the voice droned. A recording. “If you
are a senior citizen—”
I hung up.
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