Tuesdays are slower than Mondays around here, and I am caught up with all my work. When things slow down like this, I answer the phones with the rest of the girls in the office.
Back in the olden days before we had automatic answering installed, I was quick on the draw. I could almost feel a phone call coming in, and answer it with lightning speed. I personally don’t care for automatic answering. It pisses me off royally when my own outgoing calls are answered by machines. I appreciate the human voice.
My kids think I am the original screamer, and I have what they call my “pterodactyl” voice. This usually comes out when I’m excited or angry. Usually excited. I’m too tired to be very angry these days. Conversely, I can even out my voice so that it sounds smooth as glass. I can answer the phone using my business pipes and sound so good, callers have remarked that I sound like the answering machine. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or bad.
Of course, now I’m a little bit older. I have more duties than I did then, and add to that the fact that I have the internet at work and have been playing on it for the last few years. In the last year or so, I’ve been writing when I might have been answering the phones, but that’s another tangent of working at writing while at work. It’s like playing Bejeweled or IMing a friend. A time-waster, for sure.
Like I said, today, since I was so bored, I decided to answer more phone calls than normal. After a while, I started to use my “Initech” voice. If you’ve ever watched the movie Office Space, you would know what I’m talking about. Here’s a little taste of it:
The receptionist answering the phone in the background – you can see it at about 2:38 – of the mayhem does so with a voice that borders on mechanical, yet is feminine. It’s high pitched chirp is most annoying. I can emulate the “Initech” receptionist, “Thank you for calling [insert my business name here]” so perfectly, it’s almost scary. In fact, I can get to the point of liking it. A lot.
Obviously, business is down and I need more things to do.