• http://craziifresh.com Vee

    I too tend to talk a little louder when I’m on the phone, for different reasons. 1. I never seem to be able to hear the person on the other end, so I feel like if I talk louder so will they and 2. For some strange reason, my Korean Mother gets extremely loud when talking to her Korean friends in their native language. So that is one of her habits that I happened to pick up.

  • Hank

    Well, I’m in the dark. You’re gonna have to recap your southern heritage. Here I’ve been thinking you started life in Utah. Silly me.

  • http://www.jeandy.com Peanut

    I can’t post comments on the one about the girl who wrote snotty remarks after reading the NY Times but…I bet she’s just jealous. Heather’s way cute. And I’m not even gay. Just punk as hell.

  • http://ofadam.com Adam

    It could be worse… at least it’s not a child hiding from your accent and drunkeness.

  • http://www.pacha.pitas.com Pacha

    Hank? Where have you been? Check out the archives.

  • http://www.anordinaryboy.com/blogger.html alex kidd

    so that pavlov guy was right after all.

  • http://tcrown.blogspot.com John Burton

    My dog does the same thing. The exact same thing. Maybe he should call Chuck?

  • southern_m

    my boyfriend talks at a super high volume when on the phone as well. he also speaks at that same volume while in bed next to me with his mouth next to my ear. can someone please explain that reasoning to me?? i think he took out my right eardrum the other night. and he wasn’t even drunk. and we don’t have a dog. i’m the one with the southern accent. and my cat watches tv, poops in the livingroom floor when she’s mad, and is always stealing water out of my water glass. did i hit all the topics? no wait…a cool word… oh yea, “ustulate.” it means “to burn.”

  • http://vividblurry.com Toby

    My mother read somewhere that if you put a few pennies in an empty soda can and tape over the top, you can discipline your dog by shaking it at him. My mother did this with an empty can of Budweiser, so now whenever my dad drinks beer, little Zacky runs for cover. (NO, MY DAD IS NOT AN ALCOHOLIC DOMESTIC ABUSER.)

  • southern_m

    maybe i should keep a can like that by the bed.

  • shifty

    can i come over to your house for some mashed potatoes? i’ll bring you some more butter milk and cream. please?

  • http://www.eleventwentyseven.com christine

    I would be *so* happy if my kids would run and hide when I’m on the phone. One of the freedoms you lose when you become a parent is being able to have a peacefule telephone conversation.

  • http://shyeyes.org shy

    if you talk on the phone really loudly, does the person at the recieving end complain about the increase in volume? or do they just talk loudly back?

    i have the same problem. i can’t help it. and i feel bad that the person at the other end is going deaf because of me.

  • http://incensed.net Kate

    Maybe Chuck is just annoyed because you aren’t using 10-10-220.

    Oh and Some Guy, enthused IS a word (http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=enthused).

  • southern_m

    “kitchen midden”: a small pile (as od seeds, bones, or leaves) gathered by a rodent.

    ok, yea–bored at work and cruising the dictionary. dictionary cruising is good. it’s better than, uh, cruising the internet. or something. perhaps. i dunno.

  • http://www.pixiemartin.com pixiemartin

    For some inexplicable reason, my cat Cricket is terrified of things that made whooshing-type noises. Whether they are on or not.
    Cat being naughty in the bathroom? Merely reach for the hairdryer and she will bolt. Acting up in the kitchen? Turn on the disposal, and watch her run.

  • http://www.godtar.com Charles R. Kaiser

    Kate,

    Enthused or Enthusiastic?

    Enthused is nonstandard.

    Replace it with enthusiastic.

    So says http://englishplus.com/grammar/
    00000211.htm

    You can find “facts” to back up anything on the internet!

  • Kimberly

    I about peed my pants laughing at this one, I do the same thing!

  • Paul

    I bought a harmonica to learn how to play, but the cat would walk over and bite me every time I’d blow a note. It turned into a party game when guests were over.

    “Honey, play us a tune on your harmonica.”

    …R-r-right.

    Also, my dog India is afraid of the dishwasher door. Runs like hell whenever we open it…

  • http://www.gimmenoise.com renee

    My kitten Coltrane is scared of the vacuum and pretty much any loud noise. We’ve had him since he was 5 weeks old. But a friend once commented that Phyllis, who was a street cat for at least a year and a half, was “fearless.” The vacuum cleaner doesn’t scare her at all. In fact, my boyfriend has started to vacuum her fur, using one of those attachment thingys, instead of combing her. She’ll even turn over a little so he can get her tummy.

  • http://notfamousyet.blogspot.com megan

    as a Vermonter who spent her freshman year at a school in Rhode Island, I returned with an accent that is a weird blend of Boston, New York, and something else (one of my roommates was from Tokyo). my friends can’t understand anything I say. and not only do I talk louder while I’m on the phone, I talk with this weird accent and GESTICULATE dramatically.

  • Wimbledon Wannabee

    Reply to John Burton:
    I LOVED your college / “leper colony” analogy. Too true!
    I went to a Presbyterian College, where they teach born-again Christian dogma. (And I’m not even Presbyterian.) After a while, you DO get that “don’t fit-in feeling”, no matter how stilted their dogma may be. The rigid top-brass at my college haven’t changed their minds (on any issue) since the Carter administration. And they haven’t accepted any fresh, new ideas since the Ford administration.

    A diploma is not a passport, but getting a decent-paying job is usually much harder without a diploma.

    Dooce: I already had the utmost respect for you as a writer (and as a person truly in touch with reality, in so many ways). But I now also have respect for you as an interviewee. Somehow you were able to land your first HTML job without any prior HTML work-experience, nor any college credit for that code. I doff my chapeau! You must have given one hell of a persuasive sales-pitch, at that first interview. (Or perhaps you personally knew someone at the company. As the saying goes: “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.”) Barring that possibility, you must have made one hell of a good impression at the interview.

  • Carla Beth

    Gosh, if my cats could tolerate being vacuumed I’d be in HOG (cat!) heaven. Especially if it could vacuum out fleas and other wee-critters that habitate their fur. :o )

  • BldrCath

    Re vacuuming animals, it works with dogs too. I have a hand-held vacuum that my dog loves. It’s a wonderful massage! Chuck might like it.

    Doesn’t help all that much with the fur problem though. It’s still everywhere.

  • LuckyPenny

    I was going to post something else, but your blurb about someone being “disorientated” (and telling you so) somehow ‘annoying’ you, annoyed me –to the point of leaving the room like a dog running from its owner on the phone.

  • http://delicateflower.prettyposies.com melanie

    and the only thing worse than sushi burps are sushi farts.

  • http://quixotical.org Anna

    That is way more traumatic but less annoying than my dog’s tendency to get jealous of the telephone and try to eat it and/or hump it while one is talking. There is a pet psychic for hire in Salt Lake; you could bring her in to console Chuck and explain the situation.

  • Some Guy

    Kate, read that entry and you’ll see that it isn’t accepted as proper usage. In other words (heh), it’s not a word.

  • Carla Beth

    Have you ever noticed how dogs dry hump while looking you straight in the eye? Hump is another favorite word of mine but WHAT the tomatoe that has to do with my senior thesis that is due in EXACTLY twenty-one hours and fifteen minutes I don’t know.

  • Anja

    Spin ‘em to the west. Great! The fact that I don’t live in an English-speaking country and so won’t be able to do that to people is breaking my heart already. Maybe I should just visit the States. On the other hand, people might be offended by a non-native speaker trying to correct their language…