Nobody misses the clever answering machine message
Stephanie Buck

I used to play whole songs to see how long people would sit and listen in hopes of leaving a message. But even at a 5 minute wait, some messages got through… The last straw came when I recorded the full B-side of the Rolling Stones “Their Satanic Majesty’s Request,” maybe 20 minutes of psychedelia — from “She’s Like a Rainbow” to “2000 Light Years from Home” -before the “beep” finally sounded. I never came home to a blinking message light again. It never occurred to me to just turn off the answering machine if I didn’t want to return calls…

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