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?



  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)

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

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

  4. Anonymous6:58 PM

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

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

  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!

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

  8. Why wait until you're 80? ROFL

  9. That was pretty funny.

  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!

  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!!

  12. Anonymous1:41 PM

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    People just liked IT BETTER THAT WWWAAAY!!!!

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    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!!

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

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  18. Anonymous9:16 PM

    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

  19. Lovin' the new template.

  20. Anonymous7:31 AM

    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

  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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