Telephone answering machines are wonderful inventions. They do, however, have one VERY large flaw. You need to LISTEN to your messages!
Listening to the messages that are left when you aren't available to answer the phone aren't too too bad, but those messages that are left while you're on the other line are the ones that kill the joy for me.
I tend to get behind on corresponding...(ok, I just heard a great big DUH out there from everyone that knows me). When a message is left on my machine I may put off listening to it for "just a few minutes" and the next thing you know, there are 8, 9, 10, or 11 messages. Then it seems overwhelming and I end up putting it off longer. BUT at least the number is flashing there to remind me.
The messages that are left when you are on the other line is a whole different story. Other than a strange clicking noise when you go to make a call, there is no reminder.
My last phone was a lemon. It would cut you off in the middle of a conversation, make buzzing noises, go straight to answering machine etc. I didn't even know it had the devise that took messages while I was on the other line.
Well, I finally broke down and bought a new phone. I was setting up the voice mail, etc and the recording said...YOU HAVE FIFTY FIVE NEW MESSAGES. (in the lovely monotone computer voice). BTW, 55 is the limit on my phone so who knows how many others there were.
I figured I'd do a quick partial listen to each and delete and start new. Well, first of all, on this phone, you have to listen to the entire message before deleting it. HHmmmm, this could take a while.
1st call-It's from Chatty Kelly-"Hi. I just heard you got a new dog! I was SO surprised since I know you aren't an animal person. I'm glad you did. Call me and tell me about it". Well, this phone doesn't leave the date but we got our dog, Sydney on June 18, 2008.
Numerous other calls go by that I have to listen to. Many, MANY of them are someone saying YOU NEVER RETURN YOUR CALLS!
I'm thinking it has to be getting close to the end. Then I hear calls from people at auto dealers about parts for the car that we got to replace the first one JM totaled. I think he got the 2nd car in October.
Then there were those LONG winded ones that are pre-recorded before the election about who to vote for...along with all the particular candidates qualities....still had to wait for the entire thing to end before deleting.
OK, it HAS to be getting close to present time now.
Then my Mom-In-Law "Just calling to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!"
More calls. More calls. More Calls.
"Hi", from Chatty Kelly, "Want to go look at Christmas lights with Dad this Monday?"
Well, we ended up seeing the lights so she MUST have called back.
Various...."Why don't you call me back?", "You NEVER call back", "I'm leaving a message but I know you won't call back".
"Hi. This is the dentist office calling to remind you about your dental appointment." (good thing that was already on the calendar)
*** This is taking FOREVER. I took a quick break. Just for a few minutes.***
^^^ Three Days Later I remember and listen to the rest. ^^^
My good friend calls and says. "Hey, where are you. Weren't we going to lunch today?". OK, I KNOW I called and left her a message that I had to work. Geez, all she had to do was to check her messages........
"Hi, this is the doctors office calling to remind you about your appointment"
(again, good thing I keep my calendar up to date.)
FINALLY! The monotone voice returns. "You Have No More New Messages."
OK, that does it! I AM going to remember to check my phone messages. One day I'm even going to tackle my email.....ONE DAY......Don't rush me.
In the mean time, when you hear "Hi. We're not available to answer your call right now. Just leave a message and we'll call you back"........... I Will Call Back!....HEY! I just looked at my phone. The message light it flashing....geez.....here we go again!