Okay, I know I said I wasn’t going to do phone-call entries anymore, but once in a while, I just have to….
Caller: (in a hostile voice) Wow, you’re really hard to get a hold of, you know that?
Well, I can’t accuse the guy of stringing me along and getting my hopes up, can I? I hate him already. I let ten seconds tick off on the clock and then say, very slowly:
Me: That’s not how you begin a conversation with me. Who is this?
Caller: Uh, we haven’t met, because every time I call you I get your voicemail.
What a shame I broke up my winning streak by answering this time. Again I pause, lengthily, to indicate I don’t like this remark, either. I consider pointing out that he’s talking to me now, but it’s not going to do him any good, because if you’re rude to me in the first 3 seconds of our acquaintance, you’re unlikely to recover.
Me: What do you want?
Caller: I know you said you don’t do same-day appointments, but you know, I’m sort of a creature of whim. Booking in advance really doesn’t work for me because I’ll be out of the mood. What do you have available in the next couple of hours?
Oh, right, because I am here on this earth to accommodate your moods and whims, aren’t I? Jesus. Any suggestion that I should instantly change my rules and limits to acommodate someone else's whims is pretty much guaranteed to have the opposite effect. It's amazing that he thinks this kind of attitude is going to fly with me - I'm a dominatrix, for god's sake.
The irony here is that, if you’re one of my good regular boys, and you catch me on a day when someone has canceled or something, I actually will do a same-day. It’s rare for me not to be booked up, but if I know you, I don't mind you asking.
However, if you’re a stranger, and more noticeably, a rude twit who thinks I should jump when he snaps his fingers, I’d be happy to make an appointment for you on the first frosty day in Hell. I'm tempted to tell him so, but
I'm tempted to tell him so, butbrevity is the best way to deal with people like this. You simply cannot engage with them, it’s pointless.
Caller: Nothing? Come on, you can’t be totally busy, you’re talking to me on the phone right now, aren’t you?
Some people write my exit lines for me.