Saturday, July 29, 2006

Me and the Phone

The companies who like to ruin your day by calling you on the phone and trying to sell you something you really don’t want are using a new tactic.

It is the non person call.

You answer and a recording makes the pitch.

You can’t ask questions and you can’t play the telephone game.

You can hang up , of course.

The Dish Network has been calling twice a day using this system.

They tell you to hit number 1 if you want to order.

The next time they call me I am going to hit the 1 and then have them explain all the plans to me in detail.

I will ask all kinds of questions.

I will want to know why I can’t pick the channels.

I want to know just what stations come with each package.

Then I’m going to ask if he knows what I want.

I will tell him “ I want you to stop calling me and wasting my time just like I wasted yours.

Then I hang up.

News from Pigeon Falls– The little town in my backyard where the trains still run.
No White Rabbit or dragon activity and Eino is still pondering what to do about the Chicago Hermit.
Yesterday .Mayor South announced part of the schedule for Pigeon Days which run all through August. The tentative schedule is as follows.
August 1-Pigeon Calling Contest-$5.00 entry fee-$1000 prize. (To win pigeon must land on some part of your body)
August 2-Pasty eating contest-$ 10.00 entry fee-$50 prize. (losers pay for their own pasties and own medical bills.)
August 3-6 Art on the Yellow Brick Road- local artists and others share their art along the yellow brick road.
August 7 - 9 -Local Variety Show- $2.00 a ticket
August 10- Pigeon Queen Contest- Masonic Hall
August 13- 4k Yellow Brick Road run- $5.00 to enter -Everyone gets a "I ran on the yellow brick road sweatshirt. Winner gets I reached the Emerald City sweatshirt.
August 13- Community church day- Pastor's exchange pulpits.
August 14-20 Old Time week-Local people dress up in the clothes of 90 years ago.
August 18 – Rabbit tossing contest
August 19- Pigeon Day Parade– lead by Monk
August 22-27 Pigeon Falls Homecoming Week
August 26– Spouse carrying race
August 24-Potato Judging-Potato Farmer of the Year to be named
August 27-Big Race Day-three Legged Races, Potato sack races, wheelbarrel races and others
Other activities to be announced.

Today's link is -The Life of a Neurotic Mom. Remember to put the words Dr. John in the comment to get those snappy JCPOINTS, Click HERE for your JCPOINT total.
Yesterday we drew Chana's name. Now it is time to draw again. If her name is drawn she wins what is in the prize box. And the name drawn today is Cindy. Sorry Chana, If Cindy is drawn again tomorrow she wins what's in the prize box. If there is not a winner by Monday we will add something new to the prize box.
I got up early and blogged and then went back to bed since it was so late when I went to be last night. I had to wait for Betty to come home from the casino before I could get my breathing treatment. I'm glad she didn't lose the house. ( of course with a $5.00 limit that would be hard.
We went grocery shopping and then signed up for a two day rummage sale in August. It will be on two days in which there will be rummage sales all over town and we will be on the offical map. Then we worked in the basement. It was really hard because we kept finding unfinished dreams, projects that we started and half finished.There were half finished latch hook rugs. There were half and quarter finished quilts. It was very sad. Then to make it all even worse Betty picked up the doll house she made a long time ago and it fell apart. The glue just let go . So it got thrown away. We did , however make lots of progress if progress is counted by the garbage bags. We will be going to church tomorrow instead of tonight because my sister Chris is coming.
Well I need a breathing treatment.



Blogger Cindy said...

The festival days sound like a lot of fun. We don't have much like that around here, though Portageville has an annual Potato Festival and Arcade has an annual Fabulous Fifties Festival but they are just one or two day events.

4:26 AM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

And don't you hate that they also use those automatic dialers now so half the time you answer and no one is there because they're still on the phone annoying someone else?

Will they be selling pasties at the festival? I've always wanted to try one since reading about them in the "Cat Who..." books.

4:50 AM  
Blogger Christopher said...

You are a cruel man doc.

5:16 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

Caller ID is great.

5:37 AM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

I love the idea you have for the dish phone call.

5:43 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

A Rabbit tossing contest? Now that sounds quite interesting. Very interesting. You'll have to fill us in on that one.

Oh yes, the computer recorded phone calls. I can't have much fun with these. Usually when a telemarketer calls I tell them to hold on and hand the phone over to our 3 year old. She'll talk their heads off for hours and make them go in her room to play dollies with her.

Believe it or not, many stay on the phone with her still waiting and hoping that I'll come and listen to their sales pitch. -Margie

6:07 AM  
Blogger Neurotic Mom said...

Answering like you are from another country helps....Haro, no spek engrish.

I have no idea what i did to deserve a link but thank you.

9:08 AM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

August 18th -- do the animal rights activists know about this?
August 19th -- Purell
August 24th -- are the judges from Idaho?
August 26th -- don't enter.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Chana said...

it sucks that they seem to find a way to always get their nuisance in...and you can't even hang up the phone because they tie the line until the recording is done. it sucks.
the schedule for august is good. i can't wait to see how some of those events turn out.
i hope you have a very nice saturday. i hope it's not either hot, hot or you can enjoy. hope Betty had fun yesterday. take care.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

I like Margie's idea for those annoying calls, it doesn't waste her time and it keeps her daughter busy.

Don't forget to always tell them to "Take your name OFF their call list!"

9:49 AM  
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10:06 AM  
Anonymous TC said...

I've just started to get those automated calls, too, from (yet) another credit card company.

Gonna rip out the damn phones soon at this rate.

10:19 AM  
Blogger jafabrit said...

yes I noticed this too with automated calls or you get calls and you say you are on the no call list and they say they are excluded because they are not selling anything. HAH! they are selling a service or soliciting funds, SAME things. arg! arg! and triple arg! So I can relate to your frustration dr.john.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Are you on the national Do Not Call list?

If so, press 1, and then threaten to sue if they keep calling you.

I remember as a kid (way before the do not call list) the Detroit News would call us literally multiple times a day to sell us a subscription. We tried to explain that we already GOT the paper but they never seemed to register that we wouldn't want more than one issue a day. I think it took a few explosive conversation with my mother to finally make them stop calling us.

That was weird.

Thanks again for the lovely traffic yesterday. I started blogging again ( after a year hiatus) a couple days ago and it was surprising to say the least that I had all these readers!


12:40 PM  
Blogger Catch said...

oh Dr John ..thats a good one... Id love to be there when you did it...

1:58 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Could you record that phone call please? I would love to hear it!

What kind of rabbits will be in the Rabbit Throwing Contest? I sure hope not live ones! But with PG you never know!

5:32 PM  
Anonymous tony said...

I just hate auto dialers,.Thanks for sharing

11:49 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

But is there a beer tent? ;-)

12:13 AM  

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