Tuesday, November 08, 2005
"Hello? Is This the Person To Whom I'm Speaking?"
Sometimes "progress" is actually really backwards. So many children these days do not understand the simple days of yesteryear: rotary telephones, AM radio, b & w television, NO REMOTE CONTROLS, getting up to answer the telephone (not having a machine picking up the call) REGARDLESS of who was on the other end. The list of course goes on and on.
Yesterday, en route home from work I made a stop that set me behind schedule. So I called home to let the family know when I was nearing our neighborhood.
My daughter answered in her eight-year-old sultry voice. "Hello."
"Hi." (I sounded more or less like myself, no need for a sultry voice here)
"What are you doing?"
"Who's there with you? Where's your father?" (at this point, I disguised my voice somewhat)
"He's here, helping us do homework."
"He is? So... where's your mother? Let me talk to your mother please!" (further disguising my voice to more of a bass tone, trying to throw my daughter off and let her think it's a man on the line)
Pause. Laugh. "Hi Mummy!"
"What? (trying to sound gruff) Let me talk to your mother!"
"Hi Mummy. I know it's you," she says, laughing.
(back in my regular voice) "Did you recognize that it was ME putting on a fake voice?"
"No...I didn't have to. I saw the phone number!"
Ha, so the joke was on me. Call display will get you (almost) every time!