Okay.... that was friendly.
Another time I dialed a mom and, after what seemed like an interminable time of nearly indecipherable music, got this message: "I'm not home right now, but if you leave your number, I'll try to return your call at my earliest convenience, not yours. Let it be what it be, let it do what it do." Although I guess I expect her to return the call at her convenience and not mine, it seemed sort of unnecessary and rude to point that out in the answering machine message.
Yet another time I received an answering machine greeting from a mom who curtly said that "if she thought it important enough," she would return my call.
What is it with these in your face answering machine greetings? I don't really get it. Why do they find it amusing or a good idea to tick someone off with their messages?
I wonder what kind of sociopathology these moms were raised with to cause them to find such greetings acceptable. In other words, didn't their mothers teach them any phone manners? And even if their mothers didn't teach them such niceties of life, it seems it wouldn't take long for someone to figure out that in this department, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
Is this yet another example of the differences between my subculture and that of the parents of my patients, or is this just an exception of a few cranky mothers? I don't know, but I don't like it.