With about two years practice, I've got my after hello to off timing down to about 1.75 seconds. My hand is over the disconect switch before the phone gets to my ear.
Alas, there are sometimes problems. My girlfriend call me from Los Angles on the way back from Australia two weeks ago (no Tasmanian devils or Komodoa dragons for me, just a didgeredoo on order) in order for me to meet her. It took the phone company so long to connect back to her after they got to me that she didn't get through, so I got the bill for her long distance collect call today.
On an average of once every two days I get an email add on how to increase profits from my website. What profits? It isn't to make money, and I'm proud that it's never turned a penny.