Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The phone is not my friend.

Waiting (wading) in the pool can be frustrating. Take, for example, the telephone. Telemarketers and others don't only call on OUT OF AREA numbers and 1-866-numbers. Those numbers on my caller ID tell me, "Don't answer that!" When I see what looks like a legitimate area code, however, "What if it's an expectant mother? Better answer it."

I'm too nice - I don't want to hang up on the person, so I get roped into trying to get out of whatever they're selling calmly and politely. Maybe next time I'll yell, "My husband and I are waiting for a phone call that will make us parents. We've been waiting for a long time to have a baby and you are RUINING my day every time you call with your mystery area code. So, buzz off!"

Maybe I won't - or maybe I will...


Jayne said...

The first chance you get try saying, "I'm sorry, this wasn't the call I was expecting. Please do not call again [so they won't tag you as 'call again later']. Bye." Then just hang up. You'll feel a little bad but remember how valuable your time is. And if you haven't done so already, go to https://www.donotcall.gov/ and sign up. You'll still get fundraisers and campaign calls, but it really makes a big difference on sales calls.

Christine said...

Or just start by saying, "Before you continue, can you tell me if you got flattened by a car tonight as you left work, would you know for sure if you'd go to Heaven?"

They usually just hang up.

Once you HAVE kids, you can just hand the phone over to your toddler! ha!