No joke, I have a fear of telephones. It all started in Death Valley in 1975. My wife to be and I got transferred from Grand Canyon to Death Valley on Christmas eve. I was working the swithcboard at Furnace Creek Ranch Christmas morning. The very first phone call I got was from my girlfriend's sister saying her mother died. If that wasn't bad enough, the switchboard had pull cords to connect calls. It took 2 cords, one to each party. Problem was... There was only 4 pairs of cords and 220 extensions due to expansion. So, we had a housekeeper who was overworked from all the new rooms. Every morning around 6am the fire alarm would go off in one of the lodges. All the phones would light up the switchboard at once for me to answer, "No Fire!". It took 2 weeks to catch the housekeeper holding a lighter under a sensor. I used to have nightmares of getting tangled in the phone cords. To this day when a phone rings I tend to run the other way. That's 35 years of unresolved fear. Don't call me, and I won't call you. Just kidding, call me anytime. I won't answer. Actually, I spent over 30 years providing tech support via phone. That's why I fear hearing the phone ring now, it's usually "Help!". eMail is my preferred method of communication these days. How about you? Do you like to "chat" or in writing?