March 14th, 2003

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Today's fridayfive is about the telephone.

1. Do you like talking on the phone? Why or why not?
In general, no. However, if it's going to be a lengthy conversation with someone that I don't see often and I have a headset, I do enjoy talking on the phone. I think the reason I don't enjoy talking on the phone that much is that I would rather see the person I'm talking with.

2. Who is the last person you talked to on the phone?
My parents.

3. About how many telephones do you have at home?
Four in the house, three cell phones. (I work for the cell phone company.)

4. Have you encountered anyone who has really bad phone manners? What happened?
Not really, that I can think of. But I will take this question as an opportunity to address my biggest complaint about phone communication -- when people don't identify themselves on the phone. I generally have a difficult time distinguishing someone's voice on the phone -- perhaps it's because I lack the visual clues, perhaps it's because people don't quite sound the same on the phone to me as they do in "real life," perhaps it's because phone calls are often unexpected and I don't necessarily have any idea who might be calling me. Regardless of what the reason is, the fact is that in a phone call, the person placing the call often has an advantage in knowing who the participants are. It's a little stumbling block for me that can sometimes be confusing. As a result, I always identify myself on the phone: "Hello, this is Greg" if I receive a call, or "Hello, this is Greg. May I speak with XXX" if I place a call. I wish everyone would identify themselves when placing or receiving calls.

5. Would you rather pick up the phone and call someone or write them an e-mail or a letter? Why or why not?
E-mail. I like being able to craft my words with care if I want to. The immediacy of telephone conversation often prevents that luxury.

Motorcycle fun

I just finished installing the new battery in Rhonda. That's right folks, the votes are in, and I've decided to name my motorcycle Rhonda. Thanks to meep for the winning suggestion and to everyone else who made a suggestion. I enjoyed them all.

I've got to say, though, that when I was looking over the suggestions, I almost skipped over "Rhonda." But I kept coming back to it. It's a nice name. It reminds me of that Beach Boys song, which is nice and peppy. Then I realized it, and I should have realized it sooner. I'm sure meep knew it all along, but "Rhonda" is absolutely perfect -- it's an "R" placed before the name of the manufacturer of my bike: "R" + "Honda" = "Rhonda"! So, for five years, she has been nameless, but now Rhonda finally has a name!

I'll be driving Rhonda out to a David Allen Coe show tonight. I have to go put my boots on.