Trying to do an hour long call and a person near and dear to me decides it is time to impart important news over the phone. Call waiting kicks in on the cell phone. Always annoying. I hit ignore and 10 seconds later the home phone kicks in. This is one of those wireless base station set ups with four handsets floating around the house (and never one around when you need it).
I put the cellphone on mute, answer the home phone to shut it up, and hiss “I am on an important call. I will call you back.” I hang up on the person (my wife). She calls back. The house starts ringing like the belfry of Notre Dame at noon on Sunday. Blood pressure gets to aneurysm levels. I answer and hang up in one quick sequence of button pushing.
It rings again.
I need a master cut off switch, a big throw switch like in a Frankenstein movie, something I can heave amidst a big ball of sparks when I want to be alone ……
Now I have to mend fences with the wife or face divorce court for scroogish behavior.