don’t call me, maybe

September 4, 2012 | 35 Comments

looking down distracted

A friend wrote on her Facebook status that her ringing phone felt like an act of hostility and ignoring it was satisfying. I don’t think hostility suits what I feel, but there’s a definite reaction when my phone rings. I think confusion is closer to what I experience. YOU GUYS MY CAMERA IS RINGING.

Steve will often call on his way home from something and that’s when he gets a glimpse of what I’d be like in a coma.

I feel distractible on the phone, tempted to crack open my computer or count the layers of dust on that side table or wonder what we were thinking with that piece of art or cringe at the shit piles around the house or contemplate what’s in the fridge. But if you can see me, there’s some accountability to focus. And I like that. I like your face.

The phone… the phone is all PAY ATTENTION NOW and my inner teenager says text me, and we’ll talk when it’s good and I have time to formulate hilarity. Or something.

So, in order of preference it’s:

  1. face-to-face
  2. text
  3. pap smear
  4. phone

Glad we had this talk. Wish you were here.

Today’s NaBloPoMo prompt: When you are speaking with someone, do you prefer to look them in the eye or talk over the phone?

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  • emily

    Oh god, I hate talking on the phone. I hate calling people on the phone, because I don’t want to interrupt them, and what I have to say is usually not all that important and definitely not YOU NEED TO TALK TO ME NOW! And I always feel so distractible on the phone, too. I don’t know what it is about the phone, but as soon as I answer it, everything else suddenly gets very interesting. I’m sure it doesn’t help that most of my job is answering the phone, so as soon as I don’t get paid to do it, I really don’t want to continue answering it!

    • Shannon

      Oh, I forgot to say I hate calling people, too. It feels demanding. But did this start with the age of texting? Did you always hate calling people? I don’t think I did. Weird.

  • Winnie

    Made me laugh, as I am a receptionist/switchboard operator and when I am off the clock I never answer the cell phone. I catch a lot of flack for letting calls go into voice mail, but I hear phones in my sleep, so I would rather talk face to face.

    • Shannon

      Meh. Our phones are a convenience, not obligatory. I think it’s great you don’t answer it if you don’t want to. Go you!

  • Clarinda @ Enjoying the Course

    Good thing I wasn’t drinking anything because I totally lost it with your order of preference. I’m pretty much right there with you!

    • Shannon

      Good to know I’m not alone! And yes, don’t drink and read; it’s not safe for anyone. :)

  • lola

    i love a good pap smear conversation, too!

    • Shannon


  • wes
    • Shannon

      That was AMAZING. Yes. What David Foster Wallace said. Except no… I still hate the phone.

  • Beckey

    Being someone who hates talking on the phone (I think 13 years of phone triage and support/counseling ruined me for real phone conversations) I was truly LOL at pap smear being above phone in your order of preference! And feeling a little frustrated that now that song is going to be stuck in my head all day!! Gah!!

    • Shannon

      It’s not a TERRIBLE one to have in your head. It’s kinda catchy. :) And there’s always this version:

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