Is It You Or The Answering Machine?

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Back in the late 1980’s we thought that VCR’s were the hottest technology for one to own. Cell phones were basically reserved for the wealthy who had the money to use them and hire an assistant with the upper body strength to carry around the brick sized contraptions.  Not only were VCRs hot, but most of us were equally excited about owning an answering machine. We were no longer tied to the home waiting for a call: there was an automated assistant that we could leave in charge to take a message.

Going out was never an issue anymore knowing that I could dial in to my home phone from anywhere to check to see if I received any important messages for work, a gentleman caller, or family. The minute I would walk through the threshold of my abode I would look for the flashing light to tell me from my mechanical assistant if anyone had tried to call. The anticipation of waiting messages was exciting and if it was someone you had no interest in hearing from, you only needed to press delete.

One day I came home to find the pleasing flashing light and pressed the button in eager anticipation to see who tried to call; perhaps I would have a date for the weekend or an invite for a fun outing with friends? With the button pressed I hear my dear, around 90 year old, Nana, ”Carol, it is Nana are you there?” Then I hear her in the background “Harry, I think it’s a machine …what do I do?” Popop shouts back ”I don’t know!” Once again, I hear, “Carol, Carol do you hear me, I don’t know if you are there or not …I think I am talking to a machine …It is Nana…” and again shouting to my Popop, “Now what do I do, do I hang up? I’m not sure what to do…” Back on the phone, “Carol I am hanging up, It’s Nana and Popop calling.”

My family often starred in the situation comedy I call my life; this time Nana had me on the floor laughing listening to her attempt to figure out how to talk to me through this new fangled technology. I wish that I had the foresight to save the message tape. I am happy to have the wonderful memory burned into my mind to always give me a laugh and a great story to tell.

(photo courtesy of Ambro/ freedigitalphotos.net)

About Carol Ruth Weber

Carol Ruth Weber has a single mission of dancing people towards results to achieve peace in their surroundings! After attaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater, Carol began her career as a Theatrical Costume and Set Designer. She then used her skills and knowledge to segue deeper within the world of creativity as an Interior Designer, Artist and Writer. Carol understands the anxieties of having to get the show ready for opening night and has honed her organizational talents, business knowledge and her view of laughter-as-the-best-medicine into services to assist others. Carol has worked as a contributing author for various venues including Examiner.com, CBS Local, and Care.com. She can be viewed starring in several eHow video series: Ideas for Home Decorating, Interior Decorating, Back to School: Dorm Life as well as the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate video series: Interior Decorating. Carol can be contacted at weberlifedesign.com

About Carol Ruth Weber

Carol Ruth Weber has a single mission of dancing people towards results to achieve peace in their surroundings! After attaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater, Carol began her career as a Theatrical Costume and Set Designer. She then used her skills and knowledge to segue deeper within the world of creativity as an Interior Designer, Artist and Writer. Carol understands the anxieties of having to get the show ready for opening night and has honed her organizational talents, business knowledge and her view of laughter-as-the-best-medicine into services to assist others. Carol has worked as a contributing author for various venues including Examiner.com, CBS Local, and Care.com. She can be viewed starring in several eHow video series: Ideas for Home Decorating, Interior Decorating, Back to School: Dorm Life as well as the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate video series: Interior Decorating. Carol can be contacted at weberlifedesign.com

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