>> Sunday, November 22, 2009
*Steps on soapbox
Sometimes, of course, I like to talk about important topics on my soapbox, things that have a big impact on the world, like global warming (yes, I believe it's a big issue), healthcare reform (we so desperately need this, and, like global warming, I think it is a moral issue). Truth is, though, most everyone who reads my blog (all two dozen of you or so) probably already know how I stand on these issues.
But, sometimes, the soapbox is about stuff that just torques me off.
I'm grateful for the "Do Not Call" list, though, of course, it isn't perfect and there are groups that apparently refuse to abide by it. Unfortunately, I have donated to enough charities and am involved with enough businesses that I still get plenty of calls. Mostly, I'm OK with that and deal with them - "No, I don't want to sign on with this or that insurance/shopping service/credit protection/etc".
However, now that telemarketers have lost many of their customers, I'm finding that they're trying new tricks. One that I hate is calling in as a "private caller" on my caller id. My ex' number comes up as "private caller" so when my daughter's with him, I have to answer.
That's bad enough, but now they're calling and then, when I pick up, an automated voice says "Hold on for a representative. Your call is very important to us." Some frickin' unwanted organization (who doesn't identify itself) calls me and puts me on hold? Are you kidding me? (And what's with "my call is very important to us?") However, since I answered the call at least once, this damn company keeps calling me. Over and over.
I don't know which company it is because I refuse to wait on hold for it. On principle. However, this keeps up, I am going to wait on it. If it comes to that, believe me, they're going to wish they never got my number.
I'm more than capable of being a bitch.
*Steps off soapbox