FOR GUYS ONLY!! ......well OK, and the women that live with us.

By
Home Inspector with Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

Guys, we have all been here.

You get a call from a close friend of both you and your wife---or perhaps from one of your kids or relatives on either side of the fence. 

Who you gonna callYou chat for a bit, say goodbye and then hang up the phone.

Throughout the call your wife has been listening intently from the other room---perhaps even asking you: “who is it, what do they want, what are they talking about or why are they calling”---throughout the whole call. 

Of course not a single one of the questions filters into your consciousness.

After you hang up she asks, “So who was it?”

“Matt.”

"My sister's Matt?"

"Yup."

“What did he want?”

“Not much.”

“Well what did he say?”

“Not much---just wanted to let us know that the baby finally arrived.”

Screams of hysterical joy fill the room, accompanied by much gesticulating, hyperventilation and several “oh my gods!”

“Was it a boy or a girl?”

“I don’t know.”

“Didn’t you ask?”

“No.”

“How much did it weight?”

“I don’t know.”

“Didn’t you ask?”

“No.”

“How long was labor?”

“I don’t know.”

“Didn’t you ask?”

“No.”

“Have they named it yet?”

“I don’t know.”

“Didn’t you ask?”

“No.”

“How is my sister doing?”

“I don’t know.”

“Didn’t you ask?”

“He sounded fine on the phone----he didn't say anything was wrong.”

“How come you never ask the IMPORTANT questions?”

“I don’t know.”

 

 

Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector

 

 

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Comments (40)

Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

Sounds like a conversation in my house. I get to hear only one side of the conversation and when the phone is hung up, all memory is erased.

Dec 11, 2010 04:37 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Please... I get up, look at the caller ID on the other phone than pry the phone from my husbands hand so this won't happen.  Men should not be allowed to answer the phone unless they are home alone.

Dec 11, 2010 05:12 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Glenn, from the comments I am getting it appears to be a universal "problem"

Rich, I am afraid so

Roger, thanks

Brian, you are a guy after all :)

Debbie, I would not even think of defending myself

Cynthia---what did you say? :)

Tammy, so true, so true

Dec 11, 2010 05:36 AM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Been there too. You must have been a fly on the wall at our house.  You called it to a T. So true.

Mel

Dec 11, 2010 05:39 AM
Ernie Steele
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty - Lebanon, PA
Call me, let's get started!!! 717-273-3774

ROFLMAO!...I just read this to Lucy...She replied with "Yep"...Enjoy your day.

Dec 11, 2010 07:02 AM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

That kinda sums it up? Why waste energy on trivial questions? The wife will certainly get the nitty gritty...

Dec 11, 2010 07:06 AM
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Mr Charles,

Would you please take the time to give Ms Julie the details on my recent injury. I believe that is something that she will want to know all of the small and intimate private details on. That is what I think.

Nutsy

Dec 11, 2010 07:24 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Mel, it seems we have a lot of company

Ernie---glad to be able to give your day a chuckle

Michael, they always do

Nutsy, she doesn't want to talk to you---I recommend NOT thinking---stay ahead of the game.

Dec 11, 2010 08:34 AM
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Those are important details? I never would have thunk it. :)

Dec 11, 2010 09:22 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Jim it is amazing how the simple things just slip right by us :)

Dec 11, 2010 09:35 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

So what do you know!  Another case of you don't know what you don't know.

Dec 11, 2010 10:17 AM
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA

OMG Charles - are you and my husband related??  LOL

Dec 11, 2010 11:33 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Jay, bottom line---why don't you know what you don't know?

Nancy---yes---all men are related I am afraid :)

Dec 11, 2010 11:38 AM
Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
Delivering the Unbiased Truth.

Bwahahaha!  I think the exact same conversation happened at my house.

Dec 11, 2010 12:19 PM
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Sounds just like the conversations at our house. Ceil wants to know every word and detail.

Dec 11, 2010 01:15 PM
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Charlie,

Very funny. I think I had that same conversation. LOL

Dec 11, 2010 02:37 PM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Reuben, I would be surprised if it hadn't----I think this is pretty universal :)

Carl, it is pretty funny isn't it

Don, :)

Dec 11, 2010 03:04 PM
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Mr Charles,

Again, please have Ms Julie call so I can tell her of my trials and tribulationz. She is more sensitiver than you. If you will clicks below, I have explained my malady in privates.

Nutsy

Dec 12, 2010 02:56 AM
Ernie Martinez
Eyeball Home Inspection Services - Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Charles, you made my day! And I thought that I was the only Home Inspector having these kind of phone conversations with family. My wife says that "You better not have these type conversations with your clients". She should know by now that after 35 years of marriage that I am only pulling her leg! This is one thing that has kept our marriage together.

Dec 15, 2010 03:19 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Ernie, pretty universal I am afraid :)

Dec 15, 2010 03:38 AM