I just have to get this off my chest and this seems to be the right place to do it.
What is wrong with whoever comes up with these LOOOONG voicemail greetings? It used to be, “Hi, I’m not here - please leave a message after the beep.”
Now, it’s more like, “Hello - I’m not here right now - I’m either away or unable to answer the phone or otherwise out of reach, but please leave a message and I’ll get back to you. Remember to leave your number.” Then you think you’re off the hook and can leave your message, but NO, the automated stuff kicks in. (canned voice) “Press 1 and enter your number, followed by the pound [sic] sign to page the person you are calling, or 2 to leave a message. Press 3 for further options, or wait for the tone to leave a general message. When you are finished recording, you may hang up or press pound [sic] for more options.” Then the damn thing pauses before it beeps, and finally daigns (sp) to let you leave a message. Grrr…why don’t they take type “A” people like me into account when they set up these systems??
Why do I have to listen to this crap EVERY DAMN TIME I call the person??? On some systems (very few it seems) you can press “1” to skip it and just leave your message, but I’ve been on systems where the thing just hangs in its stupefied machine silence if you press a digit while it’s doing its little spiel.