Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Phone Phun

Today ended with me doing an evening telephone and internet conference with 15 other neurologists across the country to review data on a drug that's in development.

The meeting took place after we were all home. So you'd hear the occasional sounds of home life. A kid yelling, a dog barking, somebody laughing in the background, etc.

Usually these things go fairly smoothly. Tonight's, however, had 2 noteworthy interruptions:

Interruption #1:

The "click" of a receiver being picked up, and suddenly a young female voice cuts off the moderator:

Young female: "Daddy! My boyfriend is supposed to call tonight! Why are you on the phone?"

Neurologist X: "Britney! Get off the phone NOW! I'm in a meeting!"

Young female: "Daddy! This isn't just any boy! This is TREVOR!!!!!!!!!!!!" (click)



Interruption #2

The Moderator was asking a few questions. He was interrupted when a neurologist with a thick Brooklyn accent apparently had an interruption at home, and loudly said:

"What? Tell him to fuck off! I'm on the phone!"


Good night, and have a pleasant tomorrow.

19 comments:

Dani said...

Wow. I don't know if I like the first or second one better. :D

bek said...

Gee...all I had to deal with on my conference call today was some irritating static and the sudden squealing that sounded like a dial-up modem at the end of the call. Yours was much more entertaining. =)

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to know neurologists are people too. :)

C. said...

Always love the conference calls from home.

Tachyon said...

LMFAO! Sounds like something that would happen in the "no who you think we are" household!

I did something very similar today when my mom was talking to the mortgage company about saving the house from forclosure.

Something along the lines of "those effing pricks are just gonna string us along until twelve hours before the sale -- THEN they'll tell you they worked something out and it will be too late!"

Yeah, they wanted to tell us they weren't foreclosing. (oopsorry.)

Then again, when i worked in insurance, my boss used to put the confs on speaker and then close shop and watch NASCAR.

(FYI, i made a "thing" which can hardly be called a blog.)

CK Lunchbox said...

Bwahahaha! This sort of thing happened during an earnings call once with all this big deals from various investment banks listening in (plus God only knows how many shareholders). One of the corporate officer's mother somehow got patched through by accident by a secretary. Oh did that get catch hell.

Georgie K. Buttons said...

Awesome.

JennyMac said...

HAHAHAHA....love that Trevor story and certainly could see myself doing something quite similar back in the day. This was a great laugh.

Chrysalis Angel said...

I'm surprised you all didn't laugh.

Hair Bows & Guitar Picks said...

The first one is my favorite. Because it's not ANY boy it's TREVOR!!!!

The Mother said...

Someday, they'll invent the cone of silence that will magically let a parent have an actual phone conversation by him/herself.

But someday is apparently a long way away.

a corgi said...

just found your blog; oh my gosh, you have a good sense of humor for a doctor! never a dull moment on those conference calls! I'm wondering if the next time such a call occurs if the moderator will request participants to mute their phones unless they are actually talking at the time

betty

♥ Braja said...

Well, you can choose your friends, you can choose your vocation, but you can't choose when your family's gonna pick up the phone and screw up your reputation....
:)

Anonymous said...

lol, I remember once when I was a teenager, my mother who just got divorced from my father was doing this dating thing through the local news paper single ads, and she was talking to this guy and I picked up the phone and kept making farting noises (with my mouth)every now and then through out the whole conversation. he never called her back...opps...

Liz said...

Nope, I can't choose...they are both awesome!

Lipstick said...

This is absolutely hilarious!!! So, did everyone burst out laughing or did y'all have to stay quiet and doctor-ly and pretend that it didn't happen?

Arps said...

loling!!!

The first one definitely takes the prize!!!
I can sooo picture that happening!!

and of course, in the words of Hair, Bows and Guitar Picks:
"...Because it's not ANY boy it's TREVOR!!!!"

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Lipstick- nope. Didn't hear anything else. Maybe the others had muted their phones so they could watch baseball.

pharmacy chick said...

Grumpy, I needed a good laugh today and you provided it..in spades!
Thanks...I'd love to tell somebody to F off!

 
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