Saturday, June 23, 2007


Recent phone conversation with a friend:

Me: Hello!

Friend: Why didn't you call me back?

Me: When did you call?

Friend: Over a week ago. I left you a long message congratulating you on finally coming into the modern age?

Me: Huh?

Friend: Your new cell phone dummy!

Me: Oh, that! Thanks! You left a message?

Friend: Yes.

Me: Where?

Friend: On your new cell phone.

Me: When?

Friend: A couple of weeks ago. Right after you sent the e-mail saying you had one. Of course we had to try to several times because apparently it took you a while to figure out how to put your message in your voice mail.

*Short but very uncomfortable silence*

Friend: You didn't get the message did you?


Friend: Do you even know how to check your messages yet?

Me: Of course I do!

Friend: When did you figure out how?

Me: (sheepishly) Tuesday. Actually late Tuesday afternoon.

Friend: This Tuesday? As in this week? What 10 year old did you corral to teach you?

Me: He wasn't 10. He's 25 - one of the guys I work with.

Friend: So, he taught you how to check your voice mail?

Me: Yes.

Friend: How many did you accidentally erase?

Me: (sheepishly, again) Only 3.

Friend: Well, that explains why you didn't get my voice mail.

Me: Sorry!

Friend: That's okay. I'll call you again and leave another voice mail.

Me: Okay. Bye.

A few minutes later my cell phone rang.

Me: Hello.

Friend: You're not supposed to answer it.

Me: But it rang!

Friend: I told you I was going to call and leave another voice mail. Now hang up and don't answer the next time it rings.

Me: Okay. Bye.

Cell phone rings again. I obediently don't answer this time.

Five minutes later - after I re-read the instruction book and remember how to check my voice mail - I retrieve her message.

"Stephanie, you're an idiot. But we all love you anyway."

Aw. I have the world's best friends! I'm saving that message!


Travis Erwin said...

I too held out for the longest time in getting a cell phone. Finally I broke down so all the fabulous agents clamoring for my latest novel could call me at my day job. Yeah right.

I to ahve to resort to the instructional manual from time to time.

The Anti-Wife said...

Today I learned another new trick! I now know how to check my e-mail in my personal account too! It only took me about 5 hours to figure it out using the 3 instruction books and going on the internet for further instructions.

I hate asking those young people. They're so condescending!