Dealing with “The Call”

Some of the funniest threads of conversation I received regarding the post “On the Phone with Spouse” were from readers who don’t have a WordPress account, but who do send responses back to my gmail address.  They have the patience of Job since it can sometimes take me a week to check the mailbox!  So here is a favorite.  I did receive permission, of course, to re-print.  With names changed to protect the, er…well, to protect people.

Anyway…as requested….

A string of emails from my readers that identified themsleves as the “Callee”:

 On Aug 27, 2013, at 9:13  AM,G wrote:

You turn the TV down to just above mute so you can watch sports center during the “call” without her knowing, you slip into the automated “uh-huh. Yep. Okay” mode as she recaps verbatim the phone call she had earlier in the day for an hour with her best friend.

Suddenly, the terror rises in you as you realize the phone has gone silent indicating that a question has been asked and an answer is required. Nothing makes you feel quite as alive as that moment when you sharpen your wit and see if you can present an answer so long, drawn out, and confusing that it satisfies the requirements of the crisis you have found yourself in. You know you have succeeded if there is a moment of silence once you have finished and then, the call goes back to relating the trip to Costco.  Whew.  Dodged another one.

From: B
Sent: Monday, August 26, 2013 5:59 PM
To: J; C
Cc: G; T; D; J
Subject: Re: The Phone Call…

J…..do you travel?   Spend anytime away from home?  If so, there is….THE PHONE CALL.  A speed of light chattering of inconsequential Information for a minimum of one hour a day during the work week and 2 one hour calls on days off.  Plus on days off bonus 30 quick chats!   For the love of god man!!

—–Original message—–

From: J<@verizon.net>
To:
c<.com>
Cc:
G <.net>, T<T.com>, B<@yahoo.com>, D<s.com>, J <@gmail.com>
Sent:
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 17:42:05 MST
Subject:
Re: The Phone Call…057946719_I_m_confused_answer_7_xlarge.png

I don’t get it.

   J
Sent from my iPad

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And of course it is only right to allow spouses to have the final word.  And here is what my “Callers” had to say:

Wow.

There you have it!

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On the Phone with Spouse

Hello!

Hello!

Yep. OK.  Alright.  Uh huh.  Good.  OK. Alright.  Yes.  I will.  Yep.  OK.  Alright.  Hmmm.  OK.  Alright.  Yes.  I will.  Yep.  OK.  Alright. Yes.  I will.  Yep. OK.  Alright.  Uh huh.  Good.  OK. Alright.  Yes.  I will.  Yep.  OK.  Alright.  Hmmm.  OK.  Alright.  Yes.  I will.  Yep.  OK.  Alright.  Yep. OK.  Alright.  Uh huh.  Good.  OK.  What?  Wait, no.  Alright.  Yep.  OK. Alright. Hmmm.  OK.  Alright.  Yep.  OK.  Alright. Yes.  I will. Yep. OK.  Alright.  Uh huh.  Good.  OK.  Alright.  Yes.  I will.  What did you say?  Yep.  OK. Alright. Hmmm.  OK.  Alright.  Yep.  OK.  I love you too.  Bye.  What?  Alright. Yep. OK.  Alright.  Uh huh.  Good.  OK. Ok.  Alright. Alright.  Yes.  I will.  Yep.  OK.

Alright. Hmmm.  OK.  Alright.  Yes.  I will.  Yep.  OK.  Alright.  Yep. OK.  Alright.  Uh huh.  Good.  OK. Alright.  Yes.  I will.  Yep.  OK.  Alright.  Hmmm. I love you too.  Bye. 

Uh...What?!Uh…What?! OK.  Alright.  Yep.  OK.  Alright. Yes.  I will. Yep. OK.  Alright.  Uh huh.  Good.  OK. Alright.  Yep.  OK. Alright. Hmmm.  OK.  Alright.  Yep.  OK.  Alright. Yes.  I will.  Yep. OK.  Alright.  Uh huh.  Good.  OK. Alright.  Yes.  I will.  Yep.  OK. Alright. I love you too.  Bye.

A change of direction?

Writing

Writing (Photo credit: jjpacres)

Hi everyone.  You have probably noticed, especially if you subscribe, that I haven’t posted anything in quite awhile.  Its not that I haven’t been writing – I just haven’t posted.

Waldos Accord began as a blog dedicated to a “reasonable discussion about the politics of today.”  Simply put, I felt we heard more from the extreme ends of the political spectrum than from viewpoints more representative of the people we work and live with everyday.  However, after a few months of writing political opinion stuff, I decided that “reasonable discussion about the politics of today” wasn’t really much fun, and in fact was just downright depressing.   I took a breather and questioned what I wanted to do with the blog.  Retire it?  Honestly, spending a lot of time debating something as dirty as politics, and doing it in a respectful, inclusive way just really isn’t as much fun as caustic and sarcastic ripostes aimed solidly at amusing myself and securing a chuckle from the folks able to get it.

I actually never really wanted to blog, although I have been encouraged by a number of the people close to me to write and blog now for a number of years.  I have always “written” to some extent, but I have written short essays about whatever I felt like, with no real cogent agenda.  I often shared my essays and musings with a very small group of friends and relations, and enjoyed the dialogue that would emerge from them.  I could choose to be introspective, cynical, outrageous, sincere, comical or purely fictional as I wished.  I could write an essay, or I could write about music or a great dish – didn’t matter, since I really had no agenda.  I think that is a good spot for me.

So there are no promises about this blog other than I will get a kick out of it.   I won’t say that I will post regularly.  I definitely won’t commit to writing only political and economic opinions.  I think you can expect something on my passions – the outdoors in any form, music, food and anything else that might catch my fancy.

I can promise, if I share a something, it will be something that I liked, but you may not.  That’s all.  If you think a particular essay was aimed at you – well, it probably wasn’t, but I am glad you think so.  Of course, then again it could have been…