People trying to call me this week have occasionally expressed their frustration in the fact that I always seem to be in meetings. If they feel frustrated, imagine how I must feel. I change my outgoing message everyday, giving people an idea of when I am going to in meetings. In order to defray some of those frustrations, and add a little humor to the mix, my outgoing message today is as follows:
This is Jamie Rubin on Friday, April 27. I’ll be in the building all day today, however, I have the dubious pleasure of being trapped in meetings all afternoon.
I was tempted to say, “I have the dubious pleasure of being trapped in meetings all afternoon, when I could have been at the dentist enjoying a root canal.” But that may have been taking things too far.
I change my outgoing voicemail message every morning to reflect the current date. It usually goes something like:
This is Jamie Rubin. It’s Thursday, May 11. I’ll be in the building all day today. Please leave me a message.
This morning, when the system beeped to record my outgoing message, I coughed and, of course, had to start over. The next several minutes were hilarious because every time I started to record, I started laughing because I thought it was funny that I coughed. Soon it snowballed and I was laughing because I was laughing. Finally I gave up. So today, the last sentence of my outgoing message is barely understandable because I am laughing so hard as I say it.
Interestingly, the four or five voicemails I have gotten today almost all start off with the person leaving the message laughing at what they heard, and telling me how funny it is. Well, it is, but I didn’t do it on purpose.