Sorry, I’m not home right now…

I miss the old days where sometimes we’re just not available, a time when nobody’s home. Oh, yeah it’s great! The cell phones the internet, emails, IMs, chats, texts, Skype, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, … YouTwitFace, or whatever it was that Conan O’Brien came up with. We’re all connected 24/7. … Hooooraaay …

It’s all well and good until you have that friend that gets upset because you didn’t text back right away or didn’t answer your cell, or something or other of the sort. You’re forced then to make up a big enough  excuse, a big enough reason that would negate any hurt feelings that your friend may possibly have, because telling them that you wanted some alone time lounging in the sun on your balcony drinking mojitos with mint grown in your own garden while listening to the Buena Vista Social Club just isn’t a good enough reason not to answer your cell.

Why do we do this to ourselves and to other people? Why does there have to be some overriding circumstance for us not to answer our cell, text, or the front door for that matter! Why do we expect the worse when there’s a delayed or no response? As if they are conspiring with the evil minions of the 7th ring of Hell to take down your very existence and use it to rip apart the universe as we know it! MY GOODNESS! HOW DARE THEY! … *sigh*… Just because we can, doesn’t mean we have too, in any regard. We all deserve to be unavailable from time to time without the guilt & pressure of being connected.

So if you call me and I don’t answer, you might find me in the 7th ring of Hell. Apparently I have work to do!


  1. cinnabari said,

    June 25, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    My friends know that I am notorious for not hearing the ring, or ignoring it, or having the phone off b/c I’m teaching, or whatever. No one takes it personally, thank the benevolent gods.

    • July 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      I think there’s a fundamental quirk in the way many people think. That being, if you are self employed you don’t work or you work whenever you want. Simply not true. Being self employed means that you work 24-7. You don’t really even get to schedule your own breaks… I have a feeling that a lot of people think that when I’m at home that means I’m not working. They get very confused and hurt when I apologize and say I can’t because I’m working. I think they feel that I should put aside making a living to entertain them, because OF COURSE that would be what they would do if I dropped in at their job in the middle of their work day! Am I right!? :p

  2. blacktiger said,

    June 26, 2012 at 4:08 am

    I do like the time to just listen to absolute pure silence! My life is at times so very chaotic. I just like the world to leave alone as I recharge my energy to deal with all random events. I am very well know not to “keep in touch.” I figure no news from me is good news that things are going well.

    • July 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Not just you! I think everyone could use a bit of alone time just to listen to pure silence and recharge. Guilt free alone time to do whatever without the world thinking that they are being seditious, planning the overthrow of their friends antibodies in hope to control their minds …

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