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  • I'm on a do not call list, it doesn't seem to matter. Non-profits can call you anyway and others who call,don't seem to care whether you are on the do not call list or not.

    This morning, about a quarter to 8, the phone rings and it's from Fuera de Area. I'm sleeping in and they aren't supposed to call before 8 in the morning, but they do anyway, even on Sunday mornings. After a groggy sleepless night of thunder storms and my weather radio going off twice to tell me the county 10 miles away is under a tornado watch and then a severe storm warning and I finally get it shut it off both times in my half asleep state and I crawl back in bed, I figure I'm entitled to sleep a bit late. I guess I wasn't.

    Since I'm over 70 (who told them that?), I have recently been getting calls for a health monitor alert that notifies someone or other if I have a fall and need help, it's already been paid for (yeah, right) and just press 4 and they will send it out immediately (who gave them my address and phone number?) and press 5 if I don't want their messages anymore, and frankly, what makes them think I have reached the point of needing one? I haven't. So when I got their recorded message I picked up the phone and pressed 5 and three phone calls later, I'm still pressing 5 to get me off their list.

    I got ticked, picked up the phone and called them back and told them I was on the do not call list and please take me off their list. They said they were sorry and would take me off their list but they didn't. After a couple more phone calls, I called them again and I haven't heard from them for a couple weeks, so maybe I'm now off their list or maybe they are just waiting awhile to call me back again. When I've called places to be removed from their list, I've had a couple of people hang up on me when I tell them to take me off their list and I keep calling them back anyway. Now I'm getting recorded calls for a home alarm system because there have been several break ins in my neighborhood recently. Really? I haven't heard of any lately.

    My answering machine goes off after the second ring so my fax machine doesn't go off first and I can't get to the phone by the second ring, so leave a message please so I can get to the phone or get back to you. So lately, when I'm home, I've been turning the answering machine off so the fax will go off in the hope that they would think they have a fax number instead of a 'real' number, but that doesn't seem to be working either. I periodically call the do not call number and put me on it again. They call anyway. Do they not understand that my not answering their call is a NO?! And yes, I did check into reporting them, but you need so much information on them, name, address, bla bla bla, that it would take an hour to do all the paperwork. The one person I traced was calling me from a cell phone in DC, and I couldn't even find anything on the internet about the company she supposedly worked for.

    If I want a medical alert, a home alarm system, 3 French hens, 2 turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree, I'll call a different company, one that doesn't bother me with unsolicited phone calls.



    Tired of Unsolicited Phone Calls

    PS, it does give me a bit of exercise, which may be a good thing, and it does waste their time dialing a call where they won't get a commission.
  • I got online early this morning just long enough between storms, to send an email through the CMS (Central Management System) for my summer online class, to tell all the students that I would be offline during the storms. It's still storming, power went out for a short time, will post when I can plug my DSL back in again, don't want computer electrocuted through our old phone lines.

    More possibly severe weather and flooding still ahead this evening and maybe for a couple more days. Last time, my downstairs flooded. Perhaps I should set up my paints for another painting in the dark session, draw some extra water, pull out the emergency food and manual can opener, flashlights and candles, and since cell phones don't work here, plug in my antique land phone, with a genuine cord, and doesn't require electricity…….oh, and get out a lot of dark chocolate. Ah, the joys of living in the boonies.

    Sorry, this is the first time I have not used my own images in my stories, but I was a helpless pawn when the dude with the horns and forked tail showed up and I was unable to resist his persuasiveness due to lack of sleep.

    Bonus picture of my cell phone.
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