But, of course, politicians don't know that I've voted. And as a result, continue to call me to tell me about their candidate. Tomorrow this will end and I'm disappointed by it. No, really. I am. I decided a few weeks back to make a game out of this. Here's how a recent conversation went:
mjh: HelloEventually, he hung up on me.
politico: Hi, I'm calling for the campaign of XXX and I'd like to encourage you to vote for XXX.
mjh: Oh. Ok. Tell me about XXX.
[blathering on about garbage][blather blather]
mjh: Wow. That's really interesting. Hey, how are you doing? You know I've read that the job that you have can be really stressful, calling people and trying to get them to listen to you about a candidate that you believe in.
politico: uh... yeah it can be, but [not even skipping a beat] I will feel a lot better when XXX is elected. He believes in a lot of things that I think will make life better for all of us. [blather blather]
mjh: Yeah. Ok. So anyway, considering how stressful your job is, how are you doing life insurance wise? I'm a life insurance salesman, and I'll bet you really don't have enough.
politico: I'm doing quite fine life insurance wise
mjh: [interrupting for the first time] Do you have whole or term life?
politico: I want to focus on XXX [blather blather]
mjh: [interrupting again] I understand but really, would your family be covered in unfortunate event that stress of this job got to you?
Another caller was persistent enough to talk to me for 30 minutes. At which point, I told her that I had voted earlier in the week, but that I was so lonely and it was really nice to talk to someone, especially a woman who seemed interested in me. I asked for her number. She hung up.
Is this mean? Yes. Do I care? Not so much. My wife, who is by far, the nicer of the two of us is even getting in on the game. Basically whenever someone calls and I'm home, she just stops them and says, "Actually I think my husband would like to talk to you." She then hands me the phone knowing full well that I intend to play with them. So if it's got her endorsement, there's really a limit on how evil it can be. My goal is twofold:
- First and foremost: have fun at the expense of a pest.
- Keep the pest on the line as long as possible so that they won't pester someone else.