As amusing as all the "I called in ..." stories are, I think what made the original SS a PD candidate is that she called in on Friday, so she needed 3 days of sleep. Also, calling in sleepy or snowcrazed is interesting, but not PD unless you are using sick leave to cover the time missed. I liked Outdoor Girl's post above who called in "snow day" to her boss, then offered to pick him up.
Clearly that's not going to get her in trouble with her boss if s/he's on the slopes, too.
I work with a clerk who is trying to commit PD. She calls in sick whenever there is a deadline. That's when we discover the mess she's made, which we usually have to unravel, then do the work she was supposed to have done for the month previous - in one day - to meet the deadline. It happens time after time. She's run out of sick leave, so I guess she's going to have to use her vacation leave for her last stunt. She has also called in saying she can't come in to work because her father won't give her a ride. This really irritates those of us who take the bus to and from work daily. She doesn't live far away. I could walk there in half an hour. Several bus routes go past her home and near our workplace. If her supervisor weren't so lazy, this clerk would have been put on probation 2 years ago and we might be rid of her by now. Unfortunately, that would leave us with 2 vacant clerk positions: PD Clerk and Committee Clerk.
PD Clerk is supposed to be acting as the substitute clerk for the committee upon which I serve, but her work is so sloppy and unprofessional that I am now acting as the committee secretary and clerk. I am a licensed professional engineer and manager of the state sludge program and I'm typing letters, sending faxes, etc. I joke that at least I am qualified, having been a professional secretary prior to college. Don't get me wrong, I do not think I am above clerical work. I just question the State's priorities in not hiring a clerk to fill the position that has been vacant for almost 3 years. Apparently it's easier to use a manager to do a clerk's work than hire a clerk.