Remember Making Phone Calls in Private?


I fully agree with Chris Ann about making and taking phone calls in private.  Answering a cell phone in public is rude and annoying to others who are in the area.  Unless it’s an emergency, call back later.

Via Chris Ann Cleland, GRI, SFR (Long & Foster, Gainesville, VA):

Remember phone booths?  Stepping into a private area to make a phone call?  I guess I must be a little old fashioned, because the privacy of the phone booth seems much needed today. 

About a week ago I was in a grocery store and kept running into a gentleman who was rattling on and on into his Bluetooth device while he packed his basket full of items.  As many times as our paths crossed, he didn’t notice me, or anyone else once.  Not even when he nearly ran over me.  His phone call was simply too important.  What was he talking about?  The Redskins.  Yes.  The Washington Redskins and their recent game. 

I guess I still have a phone booth mentality.  I don’t like talking on my cell phone in public when I am shopping.  I like my privacy.  I also like being able to focus on what I’m doing and not being interrupted by a phone call.   I also have a sense that, unless it’s an emergency, the people in line behind me at the grocery store do not need to be subject to my personal or business phone calls. 

There is very rarely anything so important it can’t wait until I’m back in my own private space…my modern day phone booth…. my car.

Chris Ann Cleland, Realtor- Licensed in Virginia, GRI, SFR, Northern Virginia Short Sale Specialist. Affiliated with Long & Foster, 7526 Limestone Drive, Gainesville, VA 20155.  To contact Chris Ann, call 703-402-0037 or email  Or you can visit her website:


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After living in Walpole, MA for many years, our family was transferred to the west coast when I was a senior in high school. In 1983, I graduated from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California. I am also a 1987 graduate of Providence College with a major in liberal arts and a minor in business administration. I bring to the table many years of sales experience beginning with thirteen years in Corporate Sales at Delta Air Lines. I'm the mother of three children and I'm very active within the Franklin, MA community. I am also a cancer survivor and support the American Cancer Society Charities.

My husband and I have built five homes and I've lived in a variety of other locations including Toronto Canada, Irving Texas and my current home in Franklin, MA. As a result of all my moving around, I came to the conclusion that I was an expert at moving...why not become an expert on the other side of the table? I earned my real estate license in 2004 and believe that I have found my true niche'. I can empathize with my clients on a variety of levels; whether they are buying or selling. And, like so many other good realtors out there, I believe that possessing good communication skills is one of the many keys to success.

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