I have a major phone phobia; not so much getting phone calls, but making them. I hate, detest, abhor making phone calls, especially to people I don't know. Ironically, many of my past jobs and church callings have involved making phone calls. I hated it then, but some things have to be done.
In high school, I worked at a chiropractor's office and every Monday, I had to to the dreaded contact list. It was a list of all the people who weren't scheduled that week. I had to call them all, leave messages, and try to schedule them. By Wednesday, they all had to have been called twice. I hated the contact list! I later moved up to front desk and had to write up the contact list. I always felt guilty handing over that list to the new person who did the calling. I still had my share of calls to make-- all the people who missed their appointments which was a lot.
After college, I worked for a non-profit running a foster care program. That involved tons of phone calls to foster parents to remind them of training, set up appointments, see how the kids were doing, deal with problems; case managers to report how the kids were doing and to set up placements. Lots of phone calls!
As the secretary of the stake Young Women, I made a lot of calls. As a Primary president, I had to call teachers, parents, bishopric members. Reminder phone calls--lots of reminder phone calls. I hate reminder phone calls. Just remember!
I just love e-mail now--it's my preferred method of communication. I really avoid using the phone.
Well, today I made a lot of phone calls. I had volunteered to call voters in my county to remind them to vote in the Texas primary today. It's important, so I put my phone phobia aside and made the calls. It was better than going door-to-door which I hate even more. It actually wasn't too bad, since I mostly left messages. Not a lot of people home at 10:30 AM. I don't mind leaving messages so much since I don't actually have to talk to the person. The reminder was for them to vote and to attend caucus after the vote. In Texas, we have a primary and a caucus--it's complicated. Two-thirds of the delegates are chosen from the primary election and one-third is chosen from the caucus. So, both voting and attending the caucus are important. I still haven't decided if I'm going to the caucus tonight. I want to, but if I do, it will be with 3 kids in tow. We'll see...