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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000358.txt from 2001/02

From: "Jim Hobby" <>
Subj: [kl] Do you need an audience?
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2001 19:58:56 -0500

As a defense against telemarketers, I had Caller ID added to all of our
voice lines. The phone company blocks calls that actually block their ID.
The ones that come in "unknown" or "out of area" or whatever message is
programmed into the Caller ID are never answered. Period. Rule of the
house. (My grandchildren want to answer them and say something nasty.)
Those calls go to an answering machine, in case they are really of any

(Almost) more irritating are a couple of religious sects that go
door-to-door. To answer the door when I'm working in my office, I literally
have to go from one end of the house to the other. Sixty feet down a hall,
and then 30 feet to the front door. In spite of a sign that says "No
solicitation. No proselytizing" some of them still ring. I usually say
something outrageous to get rid of them. I had one pair almost fall off the
porch, trying to get away, when I told them that they would have to come
back when my "husband" was home, because he didn't like me talking to
strange men. <eg> They were back on their bikes and heading down the
driveway before I could get the door closed.


>From: William Wright
>I had a lot of trouble getting rid of telemarketers trying to sell me
>time share vacation lots or cabins. They kept on calling no matter how many
>times I said no. Now I tell them I'll be up there as soon as my I can get
>permission from my parole officer to leave the area. They don't call back
>any more. It works!

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