…or a bad date!
There is a website called “Get Me Out of Here“ that will call you at a specified time and give you an “out” to whatever scenario you are in at the time. You give it the date and time, your phone number, and then you choose from a list of different conversations you can have.
When I tested it, I did the “Burglar alarm” call. When you answer the phone, it tells you what to say to make it sound authentic. There are several options, but if you have a meeting coming up, this might be a great way to escape the clutches of boredom.