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Dear Crabby
by Mrs. Crabcakes - Ketchikan, Alaska
Saturday - July 03, 2004

This column is strictly for entertainment purposes only and
is not intended to be taken to heart as serious advice.




Call waiting is a great service... but too often abused! Although I have the service, at least I try to use the few manners I have and never put the person I'm speaking with on hold to answer another call when call waiting flashes! I just call back later.

I've had enough of people who CALL me, giving me just enough time to say hello before they say "Oops, someone's trying to call me, hold on", leaving me holding the phone like a nitwit to wait while they chat with someone else. I'm not even given a chance to respond, "NO, I won't hang on!"

Crabby, these call waiting rude dudes ought to be fined for disturbing the peace of the home! What kind of nut calls someone else, expects them to get up and answer the phone and then expects them to hold on while they talk to someone else?! What would you say to these "Hold on, someone's calling" rude and inconsiderate boneheads?




I know! Don't you just want reach through the phone and slap them!? How about the morons that call you and say, "Who is this?" Not, "Who am I speaking to please?" Not only like they have no idea who they just dialed, but that annoying manner-lacking demanding kind of tone and, "WHO IS THIS?" when they don't recognize your voice.. Stupid people drive me nuts. Doesn't anyone realize that you would probably allow them to run over your foot if they just used impeccable manners while doing it?

Recently I was speaking to some people, when this guy comes up and stands next to me. He proceeds to make a few calls on his cell phone, and his volume was on high, if you know what I mean. So I move a little to the left. He moves to the left too- apparently trying to listen to me while talking to his friend on the phone. We stopped and looked at him to no avail. What a marroon.

Face it folks, we are in a Graceless Age (yeah, yeah, Don Henley ­ the Eagles), where manners take a back seat to cell phones, beepers, road rage and oh yeah, call waiting.

Next time, hang up. When they call back, tell them you had to go answer the door.



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