#509 – Disconnected

We probably all know someone like this. It’s not that you don’t enjoy talking to them, it’s just that they call a lot… and the calls always last a long time… and they have a hard time taking subtle hints that you are busy and need to hang up. “Okay, I gotta go…” (more talking) “Well it was nice talking to you…” (more talking) “Well I better let you go…” If none of this sounds familiar, YOU may be the one that people are trying to escape from.


44 thoughts on “#509 – Disconnected”

  1. Tarrant says:

    If only I fully owned the house phone…
    Man, Biff has got to rack up costs buying new cords.

  2. Mithras says:

    It seems that Biff would have an enormous arsenal of excuses to get off the phone. I mean, what could Biff possibly say to a relative that would not be believable as an excuse, he’s a magnet for absurd incidents.

    Then again, looking at the past few comics, with all the different phones Biff has he probably doesn’t mind destroying one.

  3. Heh. I always warn people beforehand that they must NOT wait for me to finish because I never will.

  4. Just Ryan says:

    Hmm…if it hasn’t already been said, it seems to be phone week. If it has, then I’ll hush.

  5. Just Ryan says:

    Clearly I need to read the old comments before commenting…I’m 3 days late on figuring out phone week…

    I’ve been on the recieving end of a non-stop talker. There’s only so many times you can say “I gotta pee” before you hang up…

  6. Jesso says:

    And this is why I always, always, ALWAYS let my mom go to voicemail.

  7. Ryan says:

    I don’t get it, what’s this week’s theme?

    On the upside, both of my parents are like this… and my girlfriend… and a lot of my friends…

    I gotta give my grandpa credit. he LOVES to hear from me, absolutely loves it, but is satisfied with a call every week or so and doesn’t like to take more than five or ten minutes on the phone. He’s like me. Loves his family, just hates talking on the phone. I love the man.

  8. Kadro says:

    Um, phone week?

  9. Caitlin says:

    My grandparents on my father’s side. Both my boyfriend’s sets of grandparents. One of my aunt’s on my mother’s side. It is all terrible.

  10. K says:

    Wait, wait, Biff has relatives?

    If they’re anything like him, the Biffverse must be a very strange place indeed, with people hanging out on rooftops to cook popcorn with a lightning bolt, or driving invisible green cars around.

  11. Josh says:

    My aunt. She’s the kind of person who laughs at her own jokes (which aren’t even remotely funny), drops by unannounced at random times, and has an obnoxious, loud, armor-piercing laugh. The only thing more grating on the nerves than that laugh is automatic gunfire.

    Actually, I think I’d prefer the latter.

  12. Kbman says:

    I haven’t talked to her in a while, but one of my grand mothers is like that.

    Whenever she calls, my dad spares me and my brother the hassle of talking to her.

    It’s times like those when I know he really loves me. *rimshot*

  13. Nick Steele says:

    Josh, we share an aunt! XD

    ‘tho probably not.

    Gawd, this woman called me up once to see if my mum was in, nothing else, and ended up talking at my for 30 minutes.
    I’ve forgotten what i did to shut her up, but it was probably someting like shoud “OH MY GODD!” and bash the phone against the wall.

  14. insertnamehere says:

    I don’t talk on the phone enough to have any knowledge of this… though I say goodbye about 15 times before I hang up. Of course, saying goodbye to my girlfriend in person took me half an hour, and it would’ve taken much longer if my parents hadn’t driven by…

  15. Jackal says:

    I have an interesting way of teling family I need to go,”Yea, you know, I’m realy not interested*hangs up*” May not be nice, but they were mean to me first so meh >.>

  16. Pottery says:

    Be an introvert. It rocks.

  17. MaskedMan says:

    Being an introvert is fine, but it makes it even more painful when someone chats your ears off. :p

    Biff’s solution is abuot what I need, every time my mother calls.

  18. SEA says:

    That would be useful.

    If only i get any phone calls that last more than 2 minutes…

  19. Arix says:

    I think everyone here is missing the point.


  20. theonlyjohnson says:

    my roomate’s mother called (who to this day I have yet to meet) looking for him. He was playing chess and didn’t want to talk to her. I said he wasn’t there, and she talked to me for 45 minutes. My roomate was sitting there laughing at me.

  21. APic says:

    I can’t say that I’d ever do that to a family member, but I’ve actually considered cutting my phone line whenever a person calls asking me to talk a “short” survey. I actually did take the “short” survey once. I took me about 50 minutes to finish.

  22. Lucretiel says:

    Wait… Biff has relatives?

  23. Wizard says:

    Okay, but what if your phone’s cordless? I guess there’s always the old “You’re breaking up! Sknxxx!” approach.

    Oh, and I agree that the thought of Biff’s relatives (Hey, he had to come from SOMEWHERE.) is both fascinating and a little scary.

  24. Jackson says:

    Initially I found the idea of Biff having relatives to be somewhat disconcerting, but the more I thought about it, the more it grew on me. Imagine the family reunions!

  25. Trip Hazard says:

    Hang up in the middle of your own sentence. Non-stop talkers can’t comprehend that someone might actually do that. Then take the phone off the hook for 10-15 minutes.

  26. Pieman says:

    Biff has relatives?

  27. Paul says:

    Hee, now there’s a quick and decisive decision! Cut those wires, Biff!

  28. Seraphine says:

    i’m sure your relatives
    feel the same way
    about you.

  29. angusgangus says:

    I have call waiting, and a great aunt who never, NEVER shuts up. Thankfully, the one saves me from the other. When she starts in, I pull out my cell, call myself, and say, “Oh, I’m sorry! I’ve got a call on the other line. It might be something with work; I have to go!” Works like a charm, except for the one time my cell was dead. That was a three hour marathon call. Literally. (I timed it by playing endless rounds of Tetris online).

  30. caffiend says:

    heh.. I’ve a cordless phone and when the battery starts to die only I can hear the beeping warning. It’s a great excuse, “Hey I’m sorry but I gotta go, the phone battery is dying on me.” And if that doesn’t work you can hang up. As far as they know the battery died. 😀

  31. tpiro says:

    Alas, I have a cordless. 🙁

  32. Jayne Squared says:

    Do you think Biff gets invited to family reunions?

  33. Envi says:

    urgh. my best friend calls me every day and talks for like four hours. it’s funny cause i just got off the phone w/ her and this comic made me smile :). btw this is my first ever comment, even though i’ve been reading biff for about 2 months now. so hi everyone 😀

  34. Reg says:

    Wow, everyone likes to talk about hanging up on relative- how rude! . . . And the all the more I can relate to everyone.

  35. Psymon says:

    I never–maybe rarely–have to hang up on people; and if I call someone else, it lasts five minutes when I have difficulty getting off the line. Although, I know a lonely old lady who calls the house occasionally, but she is always looking for someone else. If you visit, though, she will talk your ear off. Although, I did walk out on a dentist’s appointment once–the appointment was at 8; I had class at 10:30 or 11. We arrived on time. I had to leave after only five minutes sitting in the chair waiting for the exam, it took them that long to call me back.

  36. Nugget says:

    Biff has relatives?

  37. no name says:

    Wow this happened to me just today. Well, not on the phone. My relatives are in town from California and they wouldn’t stop talking.

  38. Floyd says:

    The worst is when you say you can’t have a long phone conversation then you guet sucked into a 2 hour talk.

  39. Extramrdo says:

    I just finished reading through the archives, WOOT!

    No, no, no… Biff lives in a family similar to the Blue Man Group, except they… aren’t… blue. They moved out months out after SOMEONE convinced them all to grow their eyebrows out. (Hint: his name starts with BIF and ends with F)

    Anyhow, nice comic, good phoneweek, and I can’t wait to add this to my list of daily webcomics.

  40. Amake says:

    Biff has relatives, huh? That’s the strongest indication so far that he’s not the only person in the world. Though we have yet to actually see anyone. . .

  41. Twigs says:

    People need to learn to take a bleeding hint. Relatives are family and they are loved, but no one wants to talk on the phone to anyone for two hours apart from teenage girls. And even back then I would rather have talked to someone in person.
    The flip side of this is that people should visit/communicate with their relatives more often, that way the phone calls wouldn’t need to be so long.

  42. JordanTH says:

    Oh god, I get this with my grandma ALL THE TIME. Argh. It drives me nuts.

  43. YukiSnowflake says:

    i guess biff doesn’t have to worry about the phone.
    He can steal another!
    ‘cos we all know what his “part-time job” is… >:3

  44. Charlotte says:

    I have an odd version of this with my mother. She’ll often be the one to say “I’ve got to get going now” but then she’ll talk for another 10 minutes, and after that say “Right, I’ve really got to get going now”. This will often be repeated up to 4 times before we actually hang up on each other.

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