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When is it too late?
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Tom A    Posted 07-10-2003 at 05:28:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just curious what y'all think. When is it inappropriate to telephone somebody's home? What is too late and too early?

My sons' friends seem to call the house at inappropriate times, at least in my opinion, and I'm wondering if I am just out of step with reality. Got woken up last night at 10:30 by some girl...other times it has been much later. Since I have to get up early (4:30 a.m.) to get to work, this is particularly annoying. I was considering calling them back when I wake up to explain to them what's an appropriate calling time but figured I wanted to hear what y'all thought was too late.


Hal/WA    Posted 07-10-2003 at 18:30:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
My kids are grown and my wife and I are retired, so these days, I don't much care when someone calls. But when we had 3 teenagers in the house and had to get up early for work, there were some rules which our children understood and were supposed to tell to their friends. Those rules were: only very important calls to our house after 9PM weekdays and no outgoing calls after that time out of common courtesy. There could be exceptions to this, but my kids knew that if the phone rang after 9, I would be the one that answered the phone. I would ask if it was an emergency and if the caller said it was, I would ask what the emergency was. Most of the time, the caller would say it was not and I would ask them to please call before 9 or after 7AM. My kids knew that if I called them to the phone for the "emergency" that I would probably listen to the conversation and the emergency had better be legitimate. It took very few discussions with my kids to very much lessen the late night calls and I only had to discipline them a couple of times. I suppose some of their friends thought I was pretty ornery though. I was downright curt and maybe even rude if I was awakened from a sound sleep.

WallSal55    Posted 07-10-2003 at 10:35:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I like phone calls to not come after 9pm.
My winding down time. Teens can pass that
message along to their friends. I found it
works well.

Gary in Geneva    Posted 07-10-2003 at 10:09:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Between 9:00 am and 8:00 pm are the times we call someone. The exception is if they TOLD us otherwise.

C Kulig    Posted 07-10-2003 at 09:17:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
For me it's easy-
Before I wake up is to early.
After I'm asleep is to late.

Since that no call list sometimes the phone don't ring for 3-4 days.

Red Dave    Posted 07-10-2003 at 08:52:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
After having to answer the phone all day at work, my tolerance for it at home at anytime is about zero. But then, I'm told that I'm getting to be a crotchety old man.
Seriously, we put the kids to bed around 8:30 and we're not far behind that anymore, so anything after 9 better be an emergency.

Annie in KY    Posted 07-10-2003 at 07:57:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Any thing after 10pm is considered too late for us. When our son was a teen we, the parents, would answer the phone and explain to his friends that we considered calls after 10pm to be too late and that they should note this for future reference, unless it was something quick concerning school work or the like. There are always exceptions that don't need to be emergencies. I've found it necessary to call someone at a latter hour on something that was necessary and I apologize for the late hour up front but, only if it's of dire need.

Ron/PA    Posted 07-10-2003 at 06:20:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
9:00 PM has been our deadline since I was a kid. Anything after 8 was frowned upon, after 9 was dumped upon, by my parents, and by me.
Before 8:00 AM is also unreasonable, Sunday's before noon is not good. (church etc)
Calling during a normal meal time will be a very short call, unless you are a telemarketer, then I'm willing to refresh my appetite.
We have one person that insists on calling around 11:00 PM just to chit chat, and he has known me all my life, repeated warnings can't overide the alcohol, so since I work nights, I have taken to putting the 'ole cell phone to work, ANYTIME, AT ALL I'm prone to call and describe something I'm seeing while on the road,,, It doesn't take long and his wife corrects the problem in a way that I never could....

Jimbob    Posted 07-10-2003 at 05:58:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
We do not care for chit-chat calls after 10pm & rarely get one.

Fawteen    Posted 07-10-2003 at 05:44:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I get REAL cranky after 8:00 pm. I don't expect to get calls that late, and barring an emergency, I certainly don't MAKE calls that late.

I'm up early-ish, 5:30 or 6:00, but I don't expect routine calls much before 8:00.

But then, after 30 years in the service business, I hate the $(%)*&() telephone anyway. I'd be just as happy if the dang thing never rang again.

Paula    Posted 07-10-2003 at 05:33:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't call people after 10pm. If you call me after 10pm
you better be on fire or dead.

Cindi    Posted 07-10-2003 at 06:19:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Between the nines when daylight shines, if you call me I'll be just fine

Lenore    Posted 07-10-2003 at 09:28:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I feel so "old fashioned".
I never ever called a boy;
I taught my daughter not to.
I told her if a boy wants to talk to you.
let him call.
I told her and my son not to call anyone after 9pm.
Thank goodness they are grown and
I do not need to deal with that anymore.
I feel before 8am is too early;
after 10pm is too late,
except for emergencies.

Clod    Posted 07-10-2003 at 15:58:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
TIME? I read a story by a hunter long ago.He hired an indian guide when he was hunting in Canada.They had mules to pack their gear to the mountains.So there was a lot of work to do,Set up the tent..Firewood and several other chores.It was close to noon and they had not eaten breakfast yet.The hunter looked at his watch and said .Well it is about time to eat now.The indian said, why do you look at your arm to see if you are hungry?

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