So, this government shutdown? Yeah. There are many ways this sucks, but let’s get to another “little” one that I have found this week.
Have you noticed you have been getting more and more calls from telemarketers lately?
Well I have.
I have a whole post going up in a couple of weeks dealing with one of these calls (don’t worry, it’s funny).
I just received my fifth one of the day, today. I had all ready heard about a time share, solar power, carpet cleaning and refinancing. So, I thought to myself, What the heck is going on?
Am I not on the “do not call list” anymore?
This was prompted when yet another telemarketer called me to talk to me about solar power.
This is how the conversation went:
“Hi, Mrs. So and So, this is Dan from Generic-Something-With-Sun-In-Its-Name Solar Power. How are you doing today?”
“Good.” I breathed. Why is this happening to me today? I secretly thought.
“Ma’am, I want to talk to you about something-something program guaranteed to save you money.”
I replied, “I’m sorry. I’m not interested. Could you please take me off of your calling list.”
“Sure. Can I ask why?”
“I am just not interested. Please take my name off of your calling list.”
“But, ma’am, this solar program could save you money.”
I said, “This is the third time I am asking you to remove my name from your calling list. I do not have anything more to say.”
He snarked, “Why? Am I bothering you?”
To which I cringed. But I am nothing if not honest. So, I replied, “Well, actually, yes you are.”
He took a deep breath and before he hung up loudly on me, he yelled, “FINE. IF SAVING MONEY BOTHERS YOU…”
This is when I decided to check the “Do not call registry.”
Because although these types of calls are
torture fun, it would be rather nice to not dread answering the phone.
I went to the do-not-call website. And yes, you can guess where this is going… IT’S SHUTDOWN!
Now the government shutdown is invading my bedroom. I am feeling its effects through the irritated strangers breathing in my ear.
My phone has been taken hostage. When is this going to end?
I am beginning to acquire a twitch with each ring of the phone…
Maybe I do need that timeshare.
This was written in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Writing Challenge: Living History.