Friday, May 25, 2007

dial S for stupid

Just called myself to see if I had any voicemail. Pressed the wrong button and accidentally listened to my outgoing message. My outgoing message is retarded.

"Hi, this is Erin. I can't come to the phone right now. Leave a message and I'll call you back."

I can't come to the phone right now??
Erin, you own a cell phone. THE PHONE IS ALWAYS ON YOUR PERSON.

So inane. And I've had this message for how many months? Why didn't anyone tell me?

When I was little my parents always used "can't come to the phone right now" on their answering machine in the belief that it would deter thieves. I was also instructed to say "can't come to the phone right now" whenever I was home alone. This must be a vestige from old brainwashing or something.

I'm going change it. Not today. Sometime soon though. I dislike cutesy greetings, so it may take a while to come up with something sufficiently plain and serviceable.

"Hi, this is Erin. Leave a message and I'll call you back."

That's the lead contender. I'm kind of tempted to use the automated greeting where the voicemail lady just spits out your number but I've known other people who have that and it always sounds psycho.

5 comments:

Mandi said...

We too used the "can't come to the phone right now" -- specifically to deter would be kidnappers when we were home alone. All's well the end's well, so it must have worked, right??

Anonymous said...

you, of all people, should be able to come up with something clever yet not obnoxious.

get on it.

slammerkinella said...

If you go with your top contender, you will have the exact same outgoing message as I do. Erins are so creative!

SG said...

I've had this message for how many months? Why didn't anyone tell me?

I thought you were being funny.

(You could just stick with that story.)

My automated greeting is not psycho! You're gonna hurt her feelings, talking like that. She's just had a very long day of answering my phone for me!

Another Salty Lemon said...

That and every other message will say, 'uh, Erin? If this is you...'