Hey, I've hit the 100 blogs mark! (marching band enters stage left) Pretty exciting.br /I've felt a bit absent lately as far as contributing any original thoughts. Mainly because... I haven't had any original thoughts. I've really been in full blown loser mode lately. Hopefully, I will snap out of it soon.br /I must share with you my new simple request of all people who use the phone. When you call someone, ask one of these three questions immediately.br /br /Do you have a second?br /Are you in the middle of something?br /Can you talk right now?br /br /Also it's important to listen to their answer to this question. Try to be considerate of the fact that the friend/co-worker/loved one might be in the middle of something. I know several people who NEVER ask me one of these questions. This leads me to not answer the phone as often as I would like or it keeps my short and irritated on my end and that's not good for either of us.br /br /I hope this doesn't come across as snotty. It's something I try to do when I'm placing the call.