Look...I'm not trying to be a pain here. And frankly I do like to talk to my family and relative and friends.
I now spend almost 9 hours of my 11 hour workday on the phone. Often long phone calls that last an hour or more as I try and solve technical problems.
I'm not saying I don't want to talk to you people but please have the respect enough to understand that if I don't feel like talking to you on the phone there's a reason.
Over a cup of coffee, over the dinner table, text messages, email, even video calls possibly. Just not the damn phone.
When I get home from work the last thing I want to do is have an extended phone conversation.
It's most definitely NOT something the person on the other end of the phone is doing. Seriously. This is one place where "It's not you it's me." actually applies.
Cross-posted from Dreamwidth ( http://nimitzbrood.dreamwidth.org/257097.html ) but feel free to comment here as well.