Thursday, August 19, 2010

Leaving the (sab)Bat Cave

I’ll try to keep this short…but, damn. I forgot how much shit there is to do on a daily basis when, like a normal non-sabbatical person, you actually go to work. Damn. Colleagues want you to do things. Students want you to do things. Emails flood in. Next thing you know you have a bunch of shit to review. The phone rings. You spend 20 minutes trying to figure out how to erase all your voice messages in the stupid university system without having to listen to them, any of them. I don’t want to hear any voicemail messages. I do not want to know how many there are (a years worth). I am not even willing to just put the phone down while the messages play, or even turn the volume down…there must be some way to just delete that shit instantly. I cannot figure it out. My office phone has this red light that lights up when you have messages. I hate the fucking red light. The only way to turn it off is to deal, really deal, with your voicemail. I refuse to fall victim to this evil “forced listening of my voicemail” university phone system. Screw it, I’m just going to spend the next hour searching for some electrical tape to cover up that damn light. Then I’m going home.

19 comments:

  1. I know that if lightning strikes those shitty old phones, the lights burn out. Can you tie it to a phone pole in the middle of a field? Whether or not the phone works after a bajillion volts is a roll of the dice. But it *does* kill the lights.
    jc

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  2. Maybe lightning could just strike my office.

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  3. Call the fucken IT support fuckers and tell them to erase all your fucken voicemail.

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  4. IT support will just wait until you're out of your office and then call and leave a voicemail telling you how to delete your voicemail.

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  5. Use duct tape. It is the answer to everything.

    And...I have the red light, too. In fact, my mood inevitably sinks if that thing is blinking when I walk into my office. You know what would be better? If every time you got a message, a little piece of candy popped out. No friggin' red blinkiness. Just treats.

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  6. Disable your voicemail. I remember having to set mine up, so there must be a way to get rid of it. And at my university you have to pay for voicemail, so if that's the case at yours, you'll even save yourself a few bucks.

    By the way, I do this with my personal phone number as well. I hate talking on the phone, I wish people would just stop calling me. My voicemail is almost always full. And I've found that if I wait long enough, the messages will just disappear...it's almost magical.

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  7. You'd think IT would be the answer, but as Odyssey points out I KNOW they'd just leave me MORE voicemail. I like Inks candy idea...whenever I'm hungry I could just call myself.

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  8. This could very well be a naive graduate student finding a solution to something that doesn't work in gargantuan university bureaucracy, but... You could always try GoogleVoice. It will transcribe and then send your voicemail messages to your inbox. Never do you have to fiddle with voicemail ever again!

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  9. Good luck with the reacclimatization. I have a hard enough time coming back after the summer...

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  10. Thank God my light doesn't blink. Once, it was even broken for a while. But you've reminded me I need to change the greeting on my voicemail. I never remember how to do that. And usually I don't remember to do it at all.

    Welcome back to the light of campus. You might need to wear shades until your eyes adjust from the cave.

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