For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston for June 29, 2020


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    retrocool  5 months ago

    hah !

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  5 months ago

    now who’d be calling at that hour? didn’t they — the caller — already have dinner?

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    KenTheCoffinDweller  5 months ago

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    howtheduck  5 months ago

    It’s 1991, Elly. You are well past the point where you can buy an answering machine.

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    Argythree  5 months ago

    Just tell Michael to tell the caller that you’re at dinner, and to try later. If it’s a robocall, they sure will try later…

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    AllishaDawn  5 months ago

    6 pm is when the news started. We weren’t allowed to disturb daddy for the next hour.

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    GirlGeek Premium Member 5 months ago

    Elly needs to relax more. Who knows what’s going to happen when Lizzie starts dating… besides me?

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    Guilty Bystander  5 months ago

    Uhh, El? When YOUR phone is the one that’s ringing, that means the call is INCOMING. Michael isn’t doing the dialing, he’s doing the answering.

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    capricorn9th  5 months ago

    I wonder how many of you eat regularly at a certain time every meal? Such as breakfast at 6, lunch at noon and dinner at 5?

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    albertonencioni  5 months ago

    Dinner at 6? In Italy it would be “late tea”. Dinner is nowhere before 19.30…

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    jpayne4040  5 months ago

    Jumped the gun on that one, Elly!

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    M2MM  5 months ago

    My MIL invariably calls at mealtimes. But, as she is 80 years old, we answer and chat with her. Being alone in a new senior’s residence (everyone has their own apartment), she feels very isolated, as they don’t allow visitors due to the current pandemic. She can go out, however, and visit with friends in the open. Good thing the weather is much better now.

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    Gerard:D  5 months ago

    Lynn’s Comments:

    I came from a staunch British family. It was considered bad form to call anyone at dinnertime—between 5:30 and 7:00. If the phone rang, my mother refused to answer, even if it was me calling!

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    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member 5 months ago

    Telemarketing class tells us that the best time to call is from 5 to 7 PM. When everyone is off work or out of school. Best time to not answer your phone is from 5 to 7 PM when the telemarketers call.

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    We just leave it ring and wait to see if there’s a message, then will call back if it’s someone we want to talk with.

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    rshive  5 months ago

    When I was Michael’s age, I assume that wall-model phones existed. But we never had one. Only a table model on the counter between the cooking and eating areas.

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    justjam38  5 months ago

    I no longer answer our landline, to many scammer calls etc. If it’s a real call they leave a message.

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    flagmichael  5 months ago

    We should start answering our phones with “Hello – this is Microsoft Support.”

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    kathleenhicks62  5 months ago

    usually robocall-at dinner, when you are in the bath room or when you lie down (the second you head hits the pillow).

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    Cincoflex  5 months ago

    Nobody ever turned the ringer off during the dinner hour? My mom always did.

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    Sue G  5 months ago

    I love caller id. I look at my phone, and if I don’t recognize the number, I don’t answer. If it’s someone I know, they will leave a message.

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    USN1977  5 months ago

    What if the reason for Elly’s call was that her mother was in the hospital?

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    pchemcat  5 months ago

    Solution, don’t answer the phone. Problem solved.

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    lordhoff  5 months ago

    Just don’t answer it.

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