We have a phone system at school - each room has a phone, and I mean like a fancy office type phone that has different lines and voice mail and you can put people on hold and transfer them to other lines and stuff, only I don't know how to do any of that. Each teacher has a voice- mailbox as well. The "msg" light on the phone supposedly lights up when there is a message. Then, 20 minutes later, it lights up again, because it forgot that it lit up before. (I'm only kidding about that part- get it? MSG as in monosodium glutamate or whatever it's called?)
At any rate, I never really figured out how to set up the phone so that I can access my voicemail. I tried, I really did, but it was like a 23 step process and I got really sick of this Stepford voice saying things like "THAT is an invalid PASSword. Please try again." I figured that if the "msg" light was on, I'd have reason to figure it out. Well, the "msg" light is never on. Nev. Er. So, I never had reason to check my "msg s". Right?
Wrong. We got an email sent out to all of us to emtpy our voice-mailboxes and to re-set our voice-mail messages this year. I printed a copy of the step by 23 step directions and gave it a go. YAY! It worked. I have a current, professional "I am away from my desk, but if you leave your name, number and a brief message, I will return your call" kind of message. I have a password that I actually KNOW. I still have to get out the file folder that walks me through the process, but I am able to navigate through its different functions beyond just dialing room to room or outside the building. But wait, what's that little mechanical voice saying to me? "You have. Twenty. Three. Messages."
23 messages. Good lord. Some of those messages were from 2 YEARS ago. I'm sure these poor people are going around telling everyone what a slacker I am because I never returned their calls.
Could I be a BIGGER loser?