February 17, 2006


If you've read here at all, you know I'm kind of a sentimental guy. That's just me. However, I hadn't realized exactly how carried away I can get, 'til yesterday.

My phone and answering machine is on it's last leg. I can get calls, and there will be no ring at all. I'll be in the midst of talking to someone, and the phone will die. I'll have to answer on speaker phone.

The handset battery was the most logical suspect, but, while it is a bit worn, it's not totally to blame. It's the base itself. Eight years old, it is, and it no longer works proper. I've had folks call me all day, and never heard a call, or got the message.

Time for a new one, I guess. But it ain't quite that simple. There are messages that I've saved on that machine, that I just can't seem to let go into the trash to make way for a functioning machine.

Should you hit play, you'd hear my oldest nephew saying, "Hi, Unca Doe," and then launch into a nonsensical "scat" that I had taught him, my sister encouraging him on in the background. Next you'd hear my cousin's daughter's birth announcement, with all the vital stats. After that, you'd hear one of my best friends rambling on, trying to see how long the machine would go before cutting him off... there was alot of funny shit that he was talking about.

The next two are the birth announcements of The Perfect One's little boy, and then his daughter... The Perfect One and his significant other leaving the messages.

Next are just a couple of friends that I haven't heard from in a long time, and my cousin calling to tell me that he got accepted into the sheriff's department.

I have only one phone in my house. The place isn't that big, and one phone is more than adequate. Yesterday, I decided to pick up a new machine. But first, I listened to the stored messages.

I can't toss them. Can't do it, at all. Yeah, it's kinda stupid, but I like those messages better than the one's I've been getting lately.

The machine stays...

Posted by That 1 Guy at February 17, 2006 02:43 PM

No, it isn't stupid at all. For as long as I had boys deployed overseas, I couldn't erase their messages when we had missed their calls. Every now and then I would play them, just to hear "Hi Mom....I love you" when I was missing them so bad I thought my heart would break.

Damn, that made me cry.

Posted by: Raging Mom at February 17, 2006 02:50 PM


I call it "semi mental"

Posted by: armywifetoddlermom at February 17, 2006 03:09 PM

Sadly, that seems to fit, too, AW... thanks.


Posted by: That 1 Guy at February 17, 2006 03:27 PM

Your not the only one that saves messages like that lol thats why when I have to buy a new machine I look for the ones that record onto a mini cassette so I will always have them!

Posted by: azindiandoll at February 18, 2006 05:28 AM

AWTM nailed it.

Posted by: zonker at February 18, 2006 06:42 AM

I save messages too.

Posted by: Bou at February 18, 2006 05:08 PM

I save messages, scribbles, baby clothes. I can't seem to part with any of it either!

Posted by: oddybobo at February 19, 2006 07:36 PM