I have things neatly arranged so an e-mail is generated whenever a call comes in to the phone at home.
I realize that may sound strange and other-worldly, so for any millennials who might be reading this, I’ll explain:
A “home phone” is a telephone that stays in the house. Odd, I know.
This comes in handy for people like me who happen to know a lot of other people who were born in the previous century. This population still believes calling “home” is the best way to reach someone. Should one of these troglodytes leave a message, I’ll be able to read it within moments.
That is seldom the case these days. And yesterday, a very 21st century thing happened.
That’s right. If you read between the lines, you can see that a machine called my machine and left a message.
That message was sent by the machine on the desk at home to the machine in my pocket. The message?
Press 3 to tell the machine not to call my machine anymore.
I listened to the message and I can confirm that’s what happened. Unfortunately, when I heard the message, it was too late to press 3 to do anything, because the machine that called was no longer listening.
Too bad. I regret the missed opportunity that could have led to fewer machine-generated calls in the future.
I think what I need is a machine that can respond quickly by pressing 3 when it matters most. Then I wouldn’t have to know anything had happened.
Twenty years from now, how will messages reach you?