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Mon., Sept. 9, 2013, 6:12 a.m.

Multiple takes

Ever been recording a new phonemail greeting and found yourself getting ridiculously tongue-tied?

You're just trying to utter a few coherent words. And yet, time after time, you foul it up.

At some point, you can almost hear someone snapping one of those movie-set clapper boards as an increasingly weary director says "A-gain."

That happened to me Friday afternoon. I wanted to have my phonemail greeting announce that I would not be back in the office until September 16. But it was as if I had a mouth full of marbles.

"Hi, this Paul. Go ahead and leave a message. But please be aware that I will bean on chimney sprout."

Eventually I gave up on my quest for the perfect take and just accepted one that seemed almost intelligible.

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