have a friend or acquaintance call you, then set up camp for the night on the other end of the phone? Like you got all the time in the world.
You take the call hesitantly after seeing caller ID, but figure you’ll give them a go.
Eventually, you have to go to an appointment or run an errand before the place closes, but getting them off the phone is like trying to get those burs off your socks from yesterday’s walk in the field.
I’ve had it where I just told them I had to go and I’d talk to them later. Only to get…
“So, what have you been up to?” As a reply.
What? Didn’t you hear what I just said?
They just cling on for life. Short of just hanging up, you got to be super firm. Almost rude.
Or this kind of thing…
As a joke, I was standing at the snack bar one morning and I told my wife…
Then I sent a reply to a text from someone.
“You watch,” I said, “He’ll call within five minutes.”
It was only maybe three minutes and the phone rang.
This happens every time I text this person. EVERY time.
It’s like he sits around waiting for a text reply, and when my text comes through, the call button is pounced on, expecting me to answer. Suppose people like that wonder why texts aren’t replied too. You almost can’t.
You feel like a fish with bait dangling precariously over a sharp barbed hook, and your lip is feeling the point of the barb by even considering answering it.
I don’t always have time to talk casual on the phone. I figured same for this dude, hence the text, right?
There is something very telling here, and some things you can take away from these kinds of people from a songwriter standpoint, as well as just in life.
Talk about it in a new section in the newsletter, called Booster Rules. Handy life maxims which might help you as much as they do me.
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