Leave a Message after the Tone.

Because I am thinking of growing older...here is an older post:

There were five messages on my answering service this morning. One at 9:10, 9:13, 9:18, 9:22 and a final one at 9:25 A.M. A friend of mine left these messages, a Russian woman who has been a U.S. citizen longer than she was a Russian citizen, but who still has a heavy accent and sometimes has trouble with English pronunciations. Julie is a remarkable woman in her late seventies, with an incredible story, however I don't think she likes modern technology very much. I am going to try to transcribe the phone calls left on my service for your enjoyment, with my exaggerations added, of course.

First Call: breathing into the receiver, hang-up.

Second Call: Hello? It only rang once…what’s wrong? She’s not there. Hello?

Third Call: Hello? Something is wrong. I don’t hear anything. What is wrong with this phone? Here, listen! (phone is passed to husband, who, apparently listens) I hear her husband say: It must be the answering machine. You need to leave a message.

His Wife Replies: A what? There is nobody there. It’s not working. Is our phone broke?

Husband: You need to leave a message. Here, let me hang up…

Fourth Call: Husband says on the line, “It says leave a message, Do you want to leave a message or no?.”

Wife, in background: “Message? well if she isn’t home I guess I have to- (line goes dead)

Fifth Call: Hi, Dapoppins (that’s me) Well, I wanted to tell you that we won’t be able to get together next Friday, it isn’t going to work, (she goes on to leave a the message as if she hasn’t already tried to do so four other times.)

Now, this is going to be me, fifty or sixty years from now, when I try to call my son to come over and help his Dad rearrange the garage. The family may be out on an outing, but I am THE GRANDMA and I expect them to be there whenever I need them.

Me, looking into futuristic Video phone: Hello? Oldest son are you there? Is this thing working? I don't see him. (tapping the screen) It’s busted. These things never work.

Two Minutes later: Hey! Hello? Are you there? Is this on? I can’t tell if it is on. What do you mean there should be a green light. I don't see any green lights. What is that buzzing sound? Husband, do you hear that noise. It’s broke. I told you not to buy one of these things!

Four Minutes later: Am I dialing the right number? Are you there? Why don’t you ever answer when I call? (Me pressing my face into the screen) I know your there. I am not going to call you anymore if you don’t answer the phone. Answer the phone!

Can you imagine what the technology is going to be like when I am eighty?

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21 comments

  1. Well, you've just confirmed that I'll be cutting you off in x years. I will have my number changed and not give you the new one. You'll have to email me. Wait, that isn't so different from now, is it? (LOL)

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  2. which reminds me, I need to call you!

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  3. lol..golly can u imagine the tekky stuff then hun!

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  4. Hello. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my post about resiging... There are days that I REALLY want to have that notarized so it will be more 'official'. LOL

    I have tagged you with a meme. Hugs, my friend :)

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  5. hehehehe.....I see I am not the only one with these type worries.....

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  6. I can't even begin to imagine. I'm holding out hope that I'll still be "with it" when I'm 80, though. Ha!

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  7. oh... funny stuff... I love older people who feel so out of their element. It's endearing...

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  8. Why wait until you're 80? ROFL

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  9. That was pretty funny.

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  10. Well, you are already doing better with technology than I am...you can post pictures on your blog. I don't think you have anything to worry about!

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  11. Ha ha! Yup, I can see this will be me too in years to come. I usually hang up too, I hate answering machines!! So I probably sound like your friend already!!

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  12. Even old New York was once New Amsterdam...

    (Why they changed it I can't say)

    People just liked IT BETTER THAT WWWAAAY!!!!

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  13. OOHHHH....I love this new look!! So, so....so....Pretty!!

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  14. Hey, here is the Mt. Dew pound cake recipe.

    This is soo good, and it came from a Simple & Delicious magazine. I call it Mt. Dew pound cake.

    1 lemon cake mix
    1 pkg. 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
    4 eggs
    3/4 cup vegetable oil
    1 12 oz. can of Mt. Dew

    Mix all ingredients and pour into a greased & floured 10-in. Bundt pan or tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered suagr if desired, or glaze of your choice. Enjoy!!

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  15. OOO... LOVE the new look! Yes, I still love you! LOL

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  16. I love the new look! It is really nice on the eyes!

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  17. Hey, love the new design!

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  18. glad you liked the lotion etc, I don't think you're old for the love of pete, we are the same age!!

    I love your template, LOVE

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  19. Lovin' the new template.

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  20. Technology is an amazing thing. Whenever I think, "What will they come up with next?" the come up with SOMETHING!! It's hard to keep up! :)

    I'm still trying to figure out my iPod, and have to depend on my little nephew to help me out with it!!!

    Jane, P&B Girls

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  21. Deea wife, I know the Russian woman that you speak of also and I have heard her "messages" on our answering machine also. As I read this I was laughing very hard thinking of it. Do you think we will really be that bad when we are old...aren't I old now? LOL

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