Photo-A-Day #1928

One of the sunflowers in the side yard has now started to bloom. There are a few about ready to go but this was the first.

Today after work I had a conference call with all the speakers and organizers of the Modern Media Man Summit. During the call I learned a great deal about what is going to happen during the event. There is actually something really, really huge happening for people who purchase VIP tickets to the event. A major guest will soon be announced. However, just announced to everyone was the addition of the Platinum Sponsor: Chevrolet. I for one hope that they will have some of their cars on hand for test drives. I really, really hope that the Chevy Volt will be on hand and also the Camaro. It might be the Transformers fanboy in me, but I am so excited every time I see one on the road.

Photo Information

Date Taken: July 19, 2010
Camera: Nikon Corporation (Aff Link)
Model: NIKON D80 (My Flickr)
ISO: 400
Exposure: 1/30sec
Aperture: 6.3
Focal Length: 250mm
Flash Used: No
Mode: Aperture w/MF
Lens: Sigma 18-250mm

So, tonight I was washing the dishes as Allison was giving Eva a bath. The phone rang. I wiped off my gloved hands and picked up the phone. Long pause and then some telemarketer starts their script. I immediately break in on his talk and say, “We have asked you to stop calling us”. He said, “No, give me a minute”, and kept on with his script. I said again, “Take us off your list, stop calling us!” I then hung up. I am so sick of people calling and asking us to be part of a survey or donate to this cause or that one. Who actually wants to get these calls and who actually thinks it is a god idea to donate to some random phone caller.

Well, Allison and I watched a little Warehouse 13 on the DVR (great show on SyFy) and then we went to bed.

Midnight comes around and the phone rings, it wakes us both out of a sound sleep. Allison got to the phone. “Hello, we have asked you to stop calling us. It is midnight. Stop calling us.” On the other end of the line the guy says, “What if I don’t?” Allison hangs up the phone and gets back into bed. She tells me what he said.

The phone rings again. I get it. The person introduces himself as Aaron something. He asks if we want to take a survey. I tell him, “We have asked you to stop calling us, please stop.” He says, “And what if I don’t?” in a dead calm voice. I was rattled. I asked to talk to his manager. He said, “I am the manager”. I ask, “Why won’t you take us off your list?” He says, “Because you were rude to me.” I am irate. “How do you sleep at night!?” He says, “Because this amuses me.” I ask again, “Please do not call again.” He says, “And what if I do?” I said, “I will report this” He says, “To who and what will they do?” I say, “Probably nothing” and then I hang up. I get back into bed seething. My mind is reeling from the conversation and I cannot sleep, I grab my phone and tweet.


Telemarketer with a personal grudge kept our numberf and decided to call us at home, at midnight. So angry right now. No caller id either.

From @BenSpark via clp.ly

 

I am so sickened by this. I am on edge because the phone could ring anytime. We have no control in this at all. This guy can call every single night, every hour on the hour at anytime and there is nothing we can do about this save changing our number or finally getting rid of the useless home phone. The home phone is pretty much a direct line to every scumbag telemarketer out there.

The phone is pretty much irritation that we pay for every month. We pay for the aggravation of telemarketers, survey people and anyone asking for a handout. I really want to rip them all out of the wall and throw them in a wood chipper.

I also refuse to pay extra anymore for caller id, I got rid of that when we started getting focused on paying off debt. But caller ID would just tell me the call was unknown and I wouldn’t pick it up, that won’t prevent calls from coming in at all hours. If there was some way to say that all unknown callers would not be able to call from 6:30pm to 10:00am or something, that is service I would pay for. I’d also pay for one that sends an air horn through the phone to any telemarketer.

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8 Responses to “Sunfire Sunflower”

  1. Hmmm, since I’m pretty sure the caller is breaking some sort of FCC laws, you may want to call the phone company and let them know what happened. They may just offer to change your number, but they may have other avenues as well.

    Perhaps you could ask your friendly neighborhood state policeman about what steps you would take pursue this further.
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  2. Eddie says:

    Dude… Yes, police. They can easily review phone records and see who called and where to serve a restraining order.

    I haven’t had a land line since 1999 and don’t regret it one bit. Occasionally my mobile number gets on lists, but I just politely ask them to remove me and I double check the national do-not-call registry since it periodically expires.
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    • Drew says:

      Eddie,

      I did some research on this the other day. I have to put a trace on the call each time the person calls as well as start a case with the local police. For now I’ve turned off the phones in the back part of the house and will do the ignore thing for a week and a half and see if this was a one time thing and if the guy got his jollies with that 1st call.

  3. Deborah says:

    First, I love the color of that sunflower. So sorry you’re have trouble with the pesky caller. Hope you catch him and he gets fined big time.
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    • Drew says:

      Deborah,

      We will see if we end up catching him. I’m not sure he’ll keep calling, but I’m turning the ringer off for the next few days to see if he gets bored

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