Can I start by letting you all in on the embarrassing truth that every single conversation Luke and I have had, ever, about an answering machine has resulted in at least one of us breaking out in the chorus of this ridiculous song. It's actually been stuck in my head all morning. Now it's stuck in your head too. You're welcome.
The Task: Ditch the answering machine (and the double handset cordless phone it's attached to!)
- I'm home, like, 95% of the time. Seriously, it's kind of sad.
- Pretty much every time that I don't answer the phone because I'm busy snuggling a baby to sleep or changing a diaper and I think to myself "I'll just let the machine get it", the caller doesn't leave a message. And then I'm mad at all of humanity for no good reason.
- We really don't need to be accessible at all times. Do we?
- If it's important, they'll call back.
- Or they could call Luke's cell phone, or email me, or facebook us. Or drive to our house and leave a note on the door.
- And if somebody isn't able to do any of those things to contact us they are probably just calling to sell us tickets to the circus, or invite us to take a short customer satisfaction survey.
So now we have three phones.
In a 1000 square foot house!
And the really funny part is that the cord on the cheap 7 dollar phone is so long that you can actually walk pretty much anywhere in the house with it, making the (two handset!) cordless phone purchase kinda, um, dumb. I don't know what we were thinking.
The How: We listed the cordless phones with answering machine for sale on kijiji, and plugged in our zero-electricity old-fashioned plain-jane wall phone. Although the energy savings from this switch won't make a noticeable difference on our electricity bill, I like that we aren't wasting electricity on a completely unnecessary device.
And imagine how much electricity we would save as a society if everybody ditched the electronics they could happily live without?
The Verdict: I can see why answering machines were a great thing when they were invented. There was a time when it was difficult to relay information to people. But with cell phones and email and facebook, I think we are far more likely to suffer from being too accessible than not accessible enough!
And if I'm snuggling a baby and the phone rings and I choose not to get it, I can be pretty sure that I'm not missing out on anything more important than the precious moment I'm enjoying.
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