"Hey, sorry to call you guys this late on a weeknight, but I just happened to be in your basement."
"What's that persistent, irritating noise?"
Tags:noise, noises, irritating noise, irritating, noises, alarm, alarms, alarm system, alarm clock, alarm clocks, dream, dreams, dreaming, fantasy, buzz, buzzes, buzzing, interrupt, interrupts, interrupting, interruption, interruptions, wake, wakes, waking, wake up, wakes up, waking up, nightmare, nightmares, real life
"I want to apologise for calling this meeting on such short notice."
Tags:business meeting, business meetings, meeting, meetings, board meeting, board meetings, spaghetti, pasta, fork, forks, dinner time, meal, meals, meal time, short notice, rush, in a rush, interruption, interruptions, overworked, overworking, management style, management styles, professionalism, unprofessional, lunchbreak, lunch time
"Before we continue, is there anyone else present who has never seen a dead person?"
Tags:death, dead, funeral, funerals, funeral service, funeral services, wake, wakes, memorial service, memorial services, memorial, memorials, casket, caskets, coffin, coffins, open-casket, dead body, dead bodies, corpse, corpse, new experience, new experiences, interruption, interruptions, interrupting, curious, curiosity, black humour, black humor, dark humor, dark humour
"I've asked you never to call me during naptime."
Tags:nap, naps, naptime, nap-time, nap times, nap-times, nap time, napping, interruption, interruptions, interrupting, kid, kids, nursery, nurseries, kindergarten, kindergartens, childcare, child-care, child care, phone, phones, cell, cells, cellphone, cellphones, mobile, mobiles, smartphone, helicopter parent, helicopter parents, helicopter parenting
"Hey, no problem. Just touching base to say 'Hi. How goes it?' and to tell you that we really care about you. And now back to our show."
Tags:check in, checks in, checking in, call home, calls home, calling home, news bulletin, news bulletins, breaking news, interrupt, interrupts, interrupting, interruption, interruptions, touch base, touches base, touching base, human contact, care, cares, caring, gesture, gestures, ad break, ad breaks, thoughtful, thoughtfulness, kind, kindness, mental health, mental health problem, mental health problems
"You'll have to speak up. I'm very loud in here."
"What the hell sort of convenient new feature is this?"
Tags:modern technology, modern technologies, modern life, modern times, modern attitudes, phone, phones, telephone, telephones, interrupt, interrupting, interruption, interruptions, intrude, intrusion, intrusions, working weekends, bringing work home, overworked, overworking, bbq, bbqs, barbecue, barbecues, weekend, weekends, the weekends, no holiday
"Don't tell me about busy- I'm on my freaking honeymoon!"
Tags:honeymoons, overworked, overworking, modern life, modern times, modern attitudes, modern expectations, expectations, high expectations, intrude, intruding, intrusive, intrusion, intrusions, interruption, interruptions, demanding, high pressure, under pressure, high pressure job, high pressure jobs
"It's for you."
Tags:meeting, meetings, board meeting, board meetings, boardroom, boardrooms, boardroom meeting, boardroom meetings, business meeting, interruption, interruptions, phone call, phone calls, window washer, window washers, window cleaner, window cleaning, window cleaners, window washing, personal call, personal calls, nagging wife, nagging wives, nagging spouse, nagging spouses, hard to find, found, found out
A musician disturbs his napping pet dog by playing the horn.
Tags:disturbed, disturbing, interrupting, interruption, interruptions, interrupted, nap, naps, napping, sleeping, animal, animals, pet, pets, pet owner, pet owners, dog, dogs, canine, canines, dog owner, dog owners, music, musician, musicians, musical instrument, musical instruments, playing, horn, horns, setting up
"Can you be in the moment later?"
"Are you busy or are you at work?"
"You can unfasten your seatbelt now, Howard, and move about the cabin at will."
"Can I call you back? I've got a situation here."
"A good day to you, sir, and might the cow of the house be in?"
Tags:cow, cows, cattle, cattles, bull, bulls, salesman, salesperson, door-to-door, cliche, cliches, man of the house, woman of the house, husband, husbands, wife, wives, lady of the house, interruption, interruptions, unwelcome, surprise, surprises, surprising, annoy, annoys, annoying, irritation, irritations, irritating
Adam and Eve and Scott
Tags:waiter, waiters, waiting tables, pepper, pepper grinder, pepper grinders, fresh pepper, peppermill, pepper mill, salad, salads, service, restaurant, restaurants, tree of knowledge, fruit of knowledge, tempt, tempts, tempting, temptations, intrusive, annoying, irritating, interrupt, interrupts, interrupting, interruption, interruptions, eat out, eats out, eating out, dine out, dines out, dining out, bad service, overzealous, wait staff, waiting staff, front of house staff
"I wish you wouldn't read so intently during my favourite show."
Tags:tv, television, watching tv, watching television, favourite show, favorite show, reading, book, books, reader, readers, bookworm, bookworms, co habitation, living together, couple, couples, husband and wife, husbands and wives, marriages, long term relationship, long term relationship, long-term relationships, distraction, distractions, distracting, interruption, interruptions
"Would you mind? I enjoy leading a life of quiet desperation."
Tags:couple, couples, husband and wife, husbands and wives, marriages, long term relationship, long term relationship, intrude, intrusion, intrusion, interruption, interruptions, long-term relationships, desperation, quiet desperation, pretention, pretension, pretentious, conceit, conceited, depressed, depression, poor communication
"Fine, ignore me—that's cool! I'm no stranger to unwanted advances myself."
Tags:gender issue, gender issues, gender inequality, sexist, sexists, misogyny, misogynist, misogynists, sunbathers, sunbathing, unwanted advances, unwanted advance, chat up, chat-up, chatting up, intrude, intruding, intrusion, intrusions, annoy, annoying, annoyance, interrupt, interrupting, interruption, interruptions, reject, rejections, rejected, rejection, male entitlement, male ego, harass, harassment, harassing, toxic masculinity
"Dave, could you hold on a sec while I take care of some personal business?"
Tags:relationships, dating, marriage, women, feminism, business, men, management, meetings, personal business, businesswoman, businesswomen, career woman, career women, careerist, careerists, proposal, proposals, proposing, proposes, personal life, personal lives, business call, business calls, take a call, taking a call, interruption, interruptions, rudely interrupted, mankoff
"But first, a distraction."
"Damn! Just as my inertia was starting to build up momentum."
"Can't we go five minutes without you checking your flower?"
Tags:plant, plants, houseplant, houseplants, flower, flowers, garden, gardens, gardener, gardeners, gardening, technology, robot, robots, interruption, interruptions, distraction, distractions, distracted, phone, phones, cellphone, cellphones, cell phone, cell phones, cellular phone, cellular phones, mobile phone, mobile phones, smart phone, smart phones, smartphone, smartphones, role reversal, screen addict, screen addicts, screen addiction, modern life
"Excuse me, do you really have to do that right now???"
Tags:education, school, schools, schooling, teaching, learning, teacher, teachers, student, students, teacher life, cleaning, cleaner, cleaners, janitor, janitors, custodian, custodians, vacuum, vacuums, vacuuming, noisy, disturbed, disturbing, interrupting, interruption, interruptions, class, classes, classroom, classrooms, class time, lesson, lessons, incompetent, incompetents, incompetence, indifferent, uncaring, elementary school, primary school, junior high school, middle school, high school, secondary school