An example: I had spent most of the night not able to get some sleep and just as I was on the threshold of falling under, the telephone rings. Given that the ring limit is set to five and I have my ‘Don’t answer it unless you know who’s calling rule’ in place, I didn’t even bother getting up. So when the limit was reached, the service kicked in and voila, I thought that was the end of it. No…
Apparently, to my psycho relatives, the fact that there is an answering service there means nothing to them and rather than just leaving a message like any other sane rational person would do, they instead chose to hang up and call right back and thus ring the telephone another five times before repeatedly doing it over and over to a sum total of 31 rings before they finally figured that NO ONE WAS PICKING UP!
Surely, I thought that this must have been some sort of emergency to warrant such behavior but no. The one and only message left by Pee Aunt was “Just called to say hi. I’m home and am just probably going to relax. Call me when you get in.” before the message ended.
Things like this are normal and are only to be topped by the people who, despite being told and having this themselves, don’t seem to grasp that there is a difference between voice mail and a home answering machine. Long…Loooooooooooooooooooooong messages usually containing only the words “Pick up the phone. I know you’re there! Stop playing and pick up the damn phone!” are often directed at the box for this number without so much as a thought that they might not get a reply because it is VOICE MAIL and not a HOME ANSWERING MACHINE!
So, now after much trying and medication, I am awake again and am watching the telephone like a hawk. They are so catching it, I don’t care anymore. My pain will be their pain. My sorrow theirs.
*fuming with steam shooting from my ears*