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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Confidential to Megan Seling:

posted by on June 28 at 12:19 PM

Your voice mail greeting drives me insane! It must stop.

For the rest of the world: When you reach Ms. Seling’s voice mail, you hear a very chipper, “Hi!” and then a long beat, you know, like maybe she just answered the phone. A long beat. And then, after you’ve said, “Hey Megan, what’s up” or “Hey, are you coming into the office?” you hear something about this being her voicemail or LOLcats or something. And then you say, “Oh!” out loud as you realize you weren’t really talking to anybody. This happens every time. And it makes me so crazy that I can’t even leave a message.

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I have a friend who's got a similar voicemail message. I've stopped calling altogether now and just send her dirty text messages instead.

Posted by Darcy | June 28, 2007 12:35 PM

This is THE most obnoxious type of message to leave on your voicemail. It's not funny. It's just annoying and will, as you guys have proven, decrease the number of calls you receive. Unless that is your goal...

Posted by Baxter | June 28, 2007 1:13 PM

Eric, doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different outcome each time is the loose definition of insanity.

Posted by Corliss | June 28, 2007 1:21 PM

I can't stand that either. #1 most annoying of out-going messages. Second most annoying: recorded music... like I really want to listen to 30 sec or a minute or 5 seconds of your favorite song. Also, most of the time, that song sounds like crap cuz it was recorded all wrong from the start.

Posted by Phenics | June 28, 2007 1:37 PM

I get those silent voice mails a lot when I go and get PT work with a telefundraising place in the UDistrict. Yep, you start talking and realize it's a message.

MJM & Assoc is what the place is called and putting in a lot of hours with them during the 90s kept me alive (plasma selling helped too) on Ramen and Kale. It's a zany place to be employed as the majority of workers are tattooed, mohawked, fishnet wearing 20 yr olds. Plus most of the agencies are non-profits we called on behalf: to name a few- Lifelong AIDS, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Virginia Mason, Sea. Public Library, Fred Hutch, Washington Wildlife, literally on and on- so there was a lot of good things to learn.

MJM's the one place outside of medical related jobs still on my resume. Thurs is their Friday, so I should hop over there tonight and say hi, haven't done that since februaryish, maybe get a few calls in. I can usually wing it without a script these days. And rejections and hangups that go in the paperwork 'decline' pile aren't so bad anymore; it's been years since responding with my staple Stipian mantra "offer me solutions, offer me alternatives, and I. Decline."

It's the end...for now.

Posted by Garrett | June 28, 2007 1:59 PM

You people are just lucky you're too young to have lived through the era when everyone got answering machines for the first time. It was an orgy of bad music, clever intros, funny voices, skits even. Everybody thought they were being so CUTE and CREATIVE. And this was before there was any of this "press pound to skip the garbage" too. Terrible times.

Posted by Fnarf | June 28, 2007 2:12 PM

My mom's says, "This is ______. Please leave your name and number after the beep, and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.........[long, drawn-out pause].......'bye."

I'm embarrassed for her every time I hear it.

Posted by Rose Red | June 28, 2007 2:52 PM

Fnarf, I am old enough to remember Krazy Answering Machine time. Those were the days. Bleah.

However, now everyone is so careful to sound unimpressed on their outgoing messages that they sound like sad boors. ("This is Jane. Leave a message. *beep*)

Posted by yup | June 28, 2007 5:29 PM
Posted by j | June 28, 2007 6:38 PM

the worst is when a shitty musician makes a shitty recording as their outgoing message. Please.

Posted by Call me a snot | June 29, 2007 1:30 AM

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