Have you ever left a voice mail and then forgot to hang up the phone?
It happened to me the other day.
I was working on a bicycle at my bike shop when The Lady of the House came in angrily waving a paper over her head.
"They've done it again!" she said. She was talking about one of our suppliers. "They've overcharged us. Again."
I whipped out my trusty cell phone and proceeded to once again save the day by rescuing The Lady of the House from the corporate automatons possessed of too much information and not enough knowledge.
I spent several minutes on the phone with a corporate guy I'll call Fred.
He couldn't help me.
"I, um, ah, you need to talk to Denise in billing," Fred said.
I got Denise's voice mail. So I left her a long description of our problem. Then I promptly hung up the phone and dropped it in my pocket.
At least I thought I hung up the phone.
"Who did you leave the message with?" asked The Lady of the House.
"Denise," I said.
"Would that be Denise-who-doesn't-call-back?" she asked.
"Yeah," I said laughing.
The Lady of the House then proceeded to exhaust her frustrations in a rant about corportate business and their illegitimate children.
She took some boxes upstairs and I turned on my air compressor to fill up some bicycle tires.
When I turned off the compressor I heard a voice from my cell phone: "To mark this message as urgent press 1, otherwise you may hang up."
My phone had been on the whole time.
Realizing there was nothing to be done I returned to my bicycle
Minutes later the phone rang.
"Hello, may I help you?" I cheerily answered.
"Yes, this is Denise-who-doesn't-call-back," said a snippy voice on the other end.
Grant McGee is a long-time broadcaster and former truck driver who rides bicycles and likes to talk about his many adventures on the road of life.
Contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.