Sunday, July 27, 2008

Phone ettiquette 21st Century Style

With Ava, C.I., Kat and Wally on the road every week speaking about Iraq (and Rebecca joining most weeks), coming off the road means returning all non-pressing phone calls quickly on Saturdays. A point came up as they were returning phone calls and Ty's had the same problem as well.

When someone returns your call and asks "How are you doing?" you should know the answer.

The correct answer is never, "Let me pull up my LiveJournal."

No one needs you to read entries over the phone from your LiveJournal.

And if you're unable to remember what happened without referring to your LiveJournal, then it most likely was not worth remembering.

"How are you doing?" also never requires a summary of each moment of your days over the last week.

When in doubt, remember the wise words of Steve Martin in Planes, Trains and Automobiles,

"Everything is not an anecdote! You have to discriminate! You choose things that are funny or mildly amusing or interesting! You're a miracle! Your stories have none of that! They aren't even amusing accidentally!"
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