February 27, 1997
Well, folks, I am sorry to say I’m not going to be here tomorrow. Sure! If having Friday off depressed me, I’d be in need of serious help. Well, actually…
You may be wondering what I’m going to do with all that time off. Mainly I’m going to be catching up on all the TV watching I’ve missed with my busy schedule. Why TV? Well, let me tell you what I’ll be watching: People’s Funny Home Videos, Funny Home Videos of the World, Disasters Caught On Video, Funny Animal Home Videos, Deadly Animal Attacks Caught on Video, Scary Car Chases on Video, and some show about how to make home videos. After all, vacations are meant to be spent with friends, and with that many home videos, I’m sure to see someone I know. And if I don’t, well, there’s always America’s Most Dangerous Criminals.
Enjoy this week’s offering which involves that other outlet for excess creativity: the answering machine.
Some newly discovered answering machine greetings…
My wife and I can’t come to the phone right now, but if you’ll leave your name and number, we’ll get back to you as soon as we’re finished.
Hello, you’ve reached Jim and Sonya. We can’t pick up the phone right now, because we’re doing something we really enjoy. Sonya likes doing it up and down, and I like doing it left to right…real slowly. So leave a message, and when we’re done brushing our teeth we’ll get back to you.
A is for academics,
B is for beer.
One of those reasons is why we’re not here.
So leave a message.
Hi. This is John. If you are the phone company, I already sent the money. If you are my parents, please send money. If you are my financial aid institution, you didn’t lend me enough money. If you are my friends, you owe me money. If you are a female, don’t worry, I have plenty of money.
(Narrator’s voice:) There Dale sits, reading a magazine. Suddenly the telephone rings! The bathroom explodes into a veritable maelstrom of toilet paper, with Dale in the middle of it, his arms windmilling at incredible speeds! Will he make it in time? Alas no, his valiant effort is in vain. The bell hath sounded. Thou must leave a message.
Please leave a message. However, you have the right to remain silent. Everything you say will be recorded and will be used by us.
….and my personal *favorite*
Hi. I’m probably home, I’m just avoiding someone I don’t like. Leave me a message, and if I don’t call back, it’s you.