Flimsy Sanity: Phones

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Friday, July 27, 2007


I don't know which is the most irritating:
*listening to other people's loud cell phone conversations in public places (which are NEVER interesting by the way)

*being put on hold because of call waiting (how is this different than walking away from someone in the middle of a conversation?) If the other person gets a busy signal, perhaps they will call back and just how damn important are you anyway?

*listening to loud canned music while waiting for a business to look up an order or make an appointment. Is silence offensive?

*blasting car horns in the middle of the night because of incoming phone calls

*waiting patiently (after you make the effort to go someplace so that you can talk face-to-face) while the person takes a phone call- that is what an answering machine is for.

*talking when there is a poor connection that fades in and out.

*Assuming you own a touch tone phone and the only way you can get answers is to press the right button to get to the right department - impossible with VOIP.


  • At 1:46 PM, Anonymous Omnipotent Poobah said…

    Looks like a tie to me. All of them annoy the shit out of me.

  • At 2:23 PM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    I am a quiet person, but if I were braver I would get a cell phone and stand in line at the post office and have outrageous, memorable, imaginary conversations - kind of a living theatre - and say things like, "They found the dismembered body where?" "They think animals ate his whang?" etc.

  • At 7:27 PM, Blogger JM said…

    I find the first two the most annoying examples of rude behavior, but seldom do those who engage in it see it that way. Although I found it almost humorous the other day when I was on hold with a customer service person for entirely too long and the song playing was from Phil Collins: "I've been holding here for so long, I can't wait here forever" which seems strangely inappropriate.

  • At 3:20 PM, Anonymous RJ Adams said…

    It may be impossible with your VOIP, not with mine! One of the drawbacks to Skype?


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