In the not so dim and not so distant past I remember a time when I would phone companies to speak to a Mr/Mrs ‘Blah‘, only to be told that they were unavailable and could the receptionist take a message? Leaving messages like this was generally not a grand idea because it all too frequently resulted in no call back. Did the receptionist fail to pass on the message, or did Mr Blah just not bother to return the call? Who knows?
In an effort to make life easier and more efficient I suppose, those clever telecommunications experts came up with voice mail. My verdict? I ruddy hate it. I know one company where if you ask for Mr Blah there is no further conversation, no niceties – you get put straight to voice mail with no option to speak to the actual human being. On other occasions where places do at least take the time to inform you that Blah is in a meeting / out of the office / has emigrated / is currently being questioned by the police, and would you like to go to voice mail? …Well my heart sinks, because those same people who never phoned back in the past still don’t phone back, the difference now being that you feel like a bit of a twerp for speaking to an inanimate object and having your stumbling words permanently recorded for posterity.
I left voice mail for something actually quite important early yesterday morning. Over twenty four hours later I’m still waiting, still sticking near to my phone, just in case they should actually call back. I could, of course, get my own voice mail, and what fun that would be: my voice mail versus their voice mail. We need never actually talk to one another ever again!
In future I’m going to do what I used to do when Blah was unavailable. I’ll keep calling back until they are available.
(…And just who is this Blah person anyway)?
Over at Gentle Voice – Super Quick Chocolate Cake – made in a mug, in a microwave. (Doesn’t get any simpler than that)! This is a recipe I was sent and I probably won’t get around to trying this out for at least a few days. I’m dying to know if it works out OK, so if you give it a go, please let me know how it went.