Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Bye-Bye


I'm blaming it on my high school boyfriend, Roy-- He had no telephone manners whatsoever. At the end of our countless conversations-- you know the high school kind with long pauses, mindless chit-chat and lengthy monologues all about him-- When I'd say it was time to wrap things up to start my homework he'd say "Okay." followed by a CLICK.

He'd just hang up.

No parting with sweet sorrow, no see you later alligator, not even a single syllable "bye". Roy would simply drop the old fashioned, big, clunky telephone receiver into the cradle with a loud clunk.

I hated that and never forgot it. I've made it a point not to be that-- what would you call it-- rude, thoughtless, annoying, whatever. I'd make sure people I was connecting with knew I was saying a proper "good-bye."

So long story short, that's why 99% of the time I sign-off on my blog comments with my initials and why I sign my name at the end of each post-- That's my "good-bye" so to speak.

But, in the era of Internet shorthand, I'm one of the very few who does it-- And since my name, like yours, announces myself loud and clear before my comment, it's a bit redundant and stating to make me feel a little foolish, like I'm taking up too much space or something.

Hmm, what's a girl-- with a longstanding habit, to do. I'm not sure yet.

But I do know there are only a few days left to enter my


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40 comments:

Holly said...

I can relate to this...it's most likely why I always sign off at the end of my posts! We really are sisters by different mothers!

Pseudo said...

I have the opposite problem in my family. I can't get them off the phone. When I say I have to get going, certain people start a new topic.

In our family,we always end with, "I love you bye-bye." Once in awhile my son slips and says it to one of his friends and then we all laugh.

CiCi said...

I am more like your old boyfriend. Say what you want, I say what I want, end with talk to you later. Get off.

You are right, you have a recognizable name online in blogland and people enjoy you stopping to comment. I know I do.

SueAnn said...

I always sign off with "hugs". Plus I want to hug all my bloggy friends! Ha!
Hugging you
SueAnn

Chrisy said...

Hi Joanna Dear Girl, Your comments are always so affirming...thank you...and now I'm off to enter that giveaway...so bye bye my sweet...Chrisy XXX (big sloppy kisses)

Formerly known as Frau said...

I remember those awkward phone calls back in the day! I don't always sign off my comments sometimes I feel weird that I don't....I like your JJ sign off!

Brian Miller said...

i smiles every time i see your initials jj so i hope you will keep them...it is a nice personal touch...

cant wait to win my ornament...smiles.

DJan said...

I like the silver one. I went over and read about the whole project and, since I don't have a tree, I figured I wouldn't enter. But they are so pretty.

Sometimes my hubby and I get tangled up trying to say goodbye on the phone and it's always worth a smile or two. :-)

Pearl said...

I ordered three of these ornaments last week and they've already come -- and they're beautiful, truly beautiful.

Pearl

Ina in Alaska said...

Hmmm.... never entered my mind to sign off on a comment. Won't do it either.

I too remember those long conversations on the phone with a boyfriend. In my case the phone was in the kitchen right next to the den where everyone watched the one TV in the house. (showing my age!) xo

Nezzy said...

'Stinkin' habits...so hard to break! Heeehehe!!!

Both my MIL and my Granny was like that too. No warnin' but when they were done...slam...conversation over.

Hey I entered your giveaway but I picked sliver.

Have a incredible blessed day sweetie!!!

(...and that's my sign~off...just spredin' the love!)

Eva Gallant said...

Both ornaments are lovely!!!!

Flartus said...

I find this happening more and more with businesses...you do all that "Thanks--you're welcome" and they just hang up!

But have you ever noticed in movies and tv shows characters almost never say goodbye before they hang up the phone? It irritates me and draws me out of the story. I really am too picky for my own good sometimes!

Kristina P. said...

That's why I have a signature that pops up in every post!

Sightings said...

You could give a good etiquette lesson to all those who use email, fb, instant messaging, etc. So how 'bout this for the newest coolest sign-off:
syla
(see you later alligator)

Willoughby said...

I like your signature! No need to change it!

Willoughby said...

Oh, and I want to enter your giveaway! I adore the silver ornament, it's just gorgeous!!

Taradharma said...

That is weird phone manners, but I know someone who, when we part, simply leaves. Really, walks away. No 'good-bye' or hug or anything. That's abrupt and kind of strange. But I TRY not to judge.

The gold ornament is my favorite and I hope to win!

ciao, bella

Christine said...

The silver one please! hope I win!

savannah said...

xoxoxoxox ;)

Relyn said...

Oh, boy. I know just what you mean. I can't stand poor phone manners, but sometimes I don't quite know how to get off the phone.

Fireblossom said...

I like your sign-off. :-)

Hilary said...

I've encountered a few people like that old bf of yours. I just find it disorienting and bewildering.. kind of like walking away from someone immediately upon mentioning that you need to move on. Hopefully he wasn't like that face to face.

Just Stuff From a Boomer said...

I think a "good bye" is necessary too. I also think a "hello" is appropriate. My father is 84 and has answered the phone by saying "Yeah". Not every time, but enough that it still shocks me.

Love both ornaments. Any bling is good bling.

secret agent woman said...

I still end my emails to family with Love, and my name. With friends, I often put my initial. But not always - depends on what they routinely do. And at the end of a night-time text exchange with the guy I've been seeing a "sweet dreams" or "sleep well" or at least a "nite."

ladyfi said...

I've entered your give-away, haven't I?

Manners are important!

Tammy said...

I say just keep doing what you're doing. Isn't it just like a man to just hang up. Guys just don't get it and the older they get, they don't get it still.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I always sign off on emails, letters and phone calls, too.

Anne H said...

TRUE STORY:
The other day, I ALMOST wrote in my Nurses Note -
..........LOVE,
Anne

WOW! Must be all the Love all around us all!

Taradharma said...

who gets photo credit on this post? I love the image!

Barbara said...

I always hated when people did that, too, just hang up with no warning. I think if you want to keep adding your name, don't worry about it :) And put me down for the gold one!

Suldog said...

It is always better to be overly polite than to take a chance at being thought of as rude. That's my opinion, anyway. So, do whatever you need to do to keep your peace of mind.

(Your old boyfriend was a dick.)

Shrinky said...

Dick? Hang on, I thought he was a Roy? (Scratching my head..)

I reckon you could drop the sign off without being labelled ill-mannered, but not if it gives you a nervous tick (grin). It usually takes around twenty build-up's to goodbye when my family is on the line, we tend to say, yeah, well, lotsalove, take care then - oooh, hang on, did you know.. And then off we go again into another ten minute launch (giggle)!

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Sarah said...

I totally understand hon. Ya know I get to talking along in a post and I think in my head anyway..I am speaking to each person who pops on by..so I don't want them to leave feeling like I had not offered something. I always feel like I need to close with something! Right there with ya hon.
Hugs, Sarah

Taradharma said...

John, I can't imagine why your comments are here, on JJ's blog, a wonderful American Woman!

bill lisleman said...

I remember a few long drawn out phone conversations with girls. I think I fell asleep on the phone once.
I have a spot for that gold ornament.

Unknown Mami said...

I don't like the abrupt hang up on the phone.

Mike Smith said...

When I first saw the headline for your post I thought you were closing your blog! What a relief that you're not. Hope all's well.

Chris H said...

I always say 'nite nite' at the end of all my posts.
It's nice to be polite, even on a blog!