I know it’s a dead art. I’m not silly, you know. But, boy, I’d like people to do this one little thing:
When dialing the phone, do not be in the middle of another conversation. Finish that one then begin the next.
I don’t think that’s too much to ask, do you?
I find it incredibly annoying to pick up the phone and hear the middle of someone else’s conversation. When that happens (and it happens often enough for me to have a procedure) I listen for a moment, sussing that I am not a party to the conversation, then gently hang up.
The phone will ring moments later and the person will tell me they just called but must have been disconnected.
“No.” I will respond. “You were talking to someone else so I figured you’d rather be talking to them so hung up on you.”
I continually go through my life being told how rude I am so, I guess, it must be true.