Sorry about your situation Kimo, but I do find it amusing how people will drop anything to answer the phone.
It drives my fiance completely up the wall when I will just let the phone ring two feet away from me and not pick it up. If I'm reading, taking care of the pets, or anything that I don't want to be interrupted in, I just ignore it. If someone wants to reach me badly enough, they can leave a message.
Anyone else with the pavlovian response managed to break the phone habit over the years?