I Hate Conference Calls

You hate them? I hate them more.

Sorry in interrupt your meeting, but we have a lot of birthdays this week…

On the train

On the train

so I’m on a call sitting on the train.  Painful, painful.  If someone asks me a question — which I know won’t happen — I have to grab for my phone, flip off the cover, hit the touch screen to un-mute, and talk.  I have to be careful not to raise my voice, or the commuters enjoying this trip with me with turn on me like a scene from Animal Farm.

This is meeting is scheduled for two hours, and I’m confident it will take every minute.  My train is 48 minutes.  So and some point I will have to pack up my laptop and find a cab.  It’s a multi-venue call.

about 15 people on the call are in the home office of our client, and I guess they’ve had a number of birthdays this week.  Because in the middle of the call, someone burst into the room screaming “SORRY TO INTERRUPT BUT WE HAVE CUPCAKES!!!!”.  So now my time is worth so little that I’m listening to people eat processed baked goods rather than doing whatever the hell it is I could be doing had I any control over these two hours.

Someone on the phone bridge just hit re-dail and we all heard the melodic sound of touch tones.  Handy.


  • Ben Saltzman says:

    Nice haircut. Not at all like the brotherhood.

  • rubken says:

    Perhaps they dropped a cupcake on the phone bridge?

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