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"If you don't need anything, I'm going to shut down my emotions for the night."
Tags:relationship, relationships, relationship issues, relationship problems, unhealthy relationship, unhealthy relationships, love, marriage, marriages, married life, couple, couples, husband, husbands, wife, wives, communication, emotion, emotions, feelings, shut down, shut out, robot, robots, robotic, unfeeling, unemotional, for the night, for the evening, unavailable, emotionally unavailable, lack of communication
"What do you mean, 'No hot pastrami'? What kind of heaven do you call this?"
Tags:religion, religious, death, after death, afterlife, heaven, heaven's gate, entrance to heaven, st. peter's gate, saint peter's gate, pearly gates, st. peter, saint peter, angel, angels, food, pastrami, hot pastrami, unavailable, pastrami sandwich, pastrami sandwiches, picky, fussy, picky eater, picky eater, fussy eater, fussy eaters
"I'd like a full canteen with lemon."
Tags:water, water with lemon, lemon, lemons, cowboy, cowboys, restaurant, restaurants, ordering, order, orders, drink, drinks, beverage, beverages, fruit, fruits, unrealistic, expectations, high standards, desert, deserts, horseback, unavailable, annoying customer, customers, customer, picky, fussy, particular, choosy, high maintenance, canteen, canteens, high expectations, posh, upper class, upper crust, culture clash, culture clashes
'Thank you for calling the beaver institute. All our representatives are busy, but what did you expect?'
"Mr. Curtis can't come to the phone right now. He's in the time-out chair."
Tags:childish, child, children, kid, kids, grown man, grown men, adults, immature, immaturity, time-out, punishment, office, offices, business, businesses, businessman, businessmen, manager, managers, management, age, aging, ageing, coworker, coworkers, take a message, leave a message, answering machine, unavailable, secretary, secretaries, receptionist, receptionists
"The doctor is in court on Tuesdays and Wednesdays."
Tags:secretary, secretaries, receptionist, receptionists, hospital, hospitals, clinic, clinics, doctor's office, doctor's office, medical, medicine, doctor, doctors, patient, patients, health, health care, healthcare, court, courts, courtroom, courtrooms, trial, trials, malpractice, medical malpractice, lawsuit, lawsuits, litigation, law, laws, legal, phone, phones, telephone, telephones, call, calls, conversation, conversations, away, absent, unavailable, lawyer, lawyers, counselor, counselors, counsellors, counsellors, attorney, attorneys, solicitor, solicitors, barrister, barristers, legal counsel, questionable, bad doctor, bad doctors, business
"Sorry, the line is busy again. He and Joe Lieberman are still exchanging pleasantries."
Tags:angel, angels, prayer, prayers, nightly prayer, nightly prayers, pleasantry, pleasantries, unavailable, busy, busy signal, messenger, messengers, democrat, democrats, politician, politicians, political candidate, political candidates, political campaign, political campaigns, vice president, vice presidents, vice presidential candidate, vice presidential candidates, senator, senators, politics, politician, politicians, government, governments, election, elections, election campaign, election campaigns, political campaign, political campaigns, campaigning, campaigns, campaign advisors, campaign advising, political consultant, political consultants
Man crawling toward an oasis sees a sign reading "Mirage closed for private event".
Tags:desert, deserts, traveler, travelers, traveller, travellers, crawling, thirsty, starving, dying, oasis, mirage, mirages, club, clubs, restaurant, restaurants, bar, bars, pub, pubs, private club, private clubs, exclusive, event, events, private event, private events, closed off, closed to the public, closed, unavailable, bad day, unlucky, bad luck
"I'll check and see if he's available."
Tags:receptionist, receptionists, secretary, secretaries, operator, operators, phone operator, phone operators, office manager, office managers, gatekeeper, gatekeepers, ouija board, ouija boars, ouija, spirit, spirits, ghost, ghosts, talking to the dead, dead, death, executive assistant, executive assistants, assistant, assistants, administrative assistant, administrative assistants, office life, office culture, office, offices, unavailable, hold my calls, avoid, avoiding, avoidance, call screener, call screening
"The open-door policy is only for leaving."
Tags:businessman, businessmen, business, office, office, office life, manager, managers, boss, bosses, executive, executive, ceo, ceos, c.e.o., c.e.o.s, chief executive officer, chief executive officers, president, presidents, secretary, secretaries, receptionist, receptionists, company, companies, corporation, corporations, corporate, employee, employees, worker, worker, open-door policy, open-door policies, leaving, openness, transparency, communication, problem, problems, questionable, unavailable
"They're out. It's the damn answering machine."
Tags:animal, animals, talking animal, talking animals, talking pet, talking pets, pet, pets, pet owner, pet owners, talking dog, talking dogs, dog, dogs, canine, canines, dog owner, dog owners, phone, phones, telephone, telephones, call, calls, calling, answering machine, answering machines, voicemail, voicemails, woof, message, messages, unavailable, technology, modern life
'Howard can't come to the phone now. He's standing by for a major concert announcement.'
'All is not lost but it is currently unavailable.'
'He's out - maybe you shouldn't have phoned first.'
"Why haven't you kept me up to date on the Velasco trucking account?"
'He can't come to the phone right now, he's watering the plants.'
'Of course, they're all married.. this is a singles bar.'
Products offered on TV but not sold in stores.
'I play so hard that I have no time to work hard.'
Prof. H. Heimlich - 'Sorry, the professor is out doing Heimlich maneuvers.'
'Mister Cartwell is unavailable at the moment - would you like to speak with his apologist?'
'Sorry, I'm not available. Please leave a message and I'll get back to you.'
"Did you have to go on about his being 'officially unavailable' and 'defying the nature of his masculinity?"
"...can I make an appointment to see my husband..."