When, pray tell, did it become so taxing to make a phone call, that the whole world has had to go to automated calling?!? How many automated calls do you get a day? I get them from the doctors office, confirming appointments, I get them from the drug store telling me my prescriptions are due to be refilled, I get them from political groups asking me to join their cause, I get them from the politicians themselves asking me to vote for them, I get them from churches telling me to bring my children to VBS, I get them from credit card companies telling me my bill is past due…and I don’t even have their card!!! I get them from my college asking me to help send some one’s else’s child to college. Yeah, right. And, then I find myself wasting a perfectly good ‘mad’, because there is no one on the other end to be mad at….only a machine.

No. No, that is not a picture of me. But, it is possible that I have a somewhat similar look on my face when I get the 5th phone call in a day asking me to vote for so and so for Governor! Or Commissioner. Or Judge.

Today…yes, today, SUNDAY, I have received 5 calls asking for my vote. I just hang up. But, it’s not like I’m being rude or anything…it’s just a machine!!! If they don’t care enough to ask for my vote in person…I don’t care enough to vote for them.

And, polls. Do you get phone calls asking your opinion about people running for some office? I had one of these the other day. It was from a real person. The man asked who I was going to vote for for something. I told him, and he wanted to know why I was not going to vote for his candidate. I told him it was because I had heard that his candidate hired people to make annoying phone calls to voters in the state where they asked silly and annoying questions. He thanked me and hug up.

This just happened…I promise…just now as I am writing this. In the spirit of full disclosure, it is now Monday afternoon now. My phone just rang. It.was.from.a.candidate. This is the first one that used his name on the caller ID. He has quite a funky name to be running for an office…his name is Young B**zer! Those ** are o’s. Can you imagine saying Governor B**zer? I mean, he may be a fine person, and this is in no way saying anything about him as a person. But, I’d say he has at least one strike against him before he even starts. Just my opinion.

I have caller ID. If I do not know the name…I will not answer. If it says ‘private number’, I will not answer. If it is from another area code, with no name, I will not answer. If it is just a bunch of letters, I will not answer. But, you? I’ll always take a call from you……….as long as you don’t ask me who I’m voting for!!!




  1. Tonja I agree with you. I seldom answer the phone these days. It is very annoying. I especially dislike the automated systems when I have to call the bank, insurance, etc.
    They never understand me, can you imagine! It's not like I have a foreign accent like most of the callers today have!! I'm orginally from Chicago so I do have that accent. I have learned that often if you press 0 you can bypass the computer person.

  2. I hate those calls!!! You would think they could take a break on Sunday! I hang up on real people too if I don't have my glasses on and answer by mistake. Those people are telemarketers and could probably care less about their "cause".

  3. Since we have gone to cell phones only, I have finally been relieved from all those annoyances. The last few months that we had a house phone I decided that the majority of the calls were of the nature you described, and it was crazy for us to pay for them to have that access to us. I had no problem at all just cutting in the minute I realized the nature of the call and saying, "I'm sorry, I'm not interested." And then hanging up before they could reply. Just thinking about it is making me feel annoyed all over again!

  4. I don't like those automated phone messages either. Funny post.

    You must not have gotten my message. I promise it was me. I was hoping to grab a coffee or lunch when I drove through Dothan on my way to my nephews graduation this weekend. I never heard from you so I just kept driving.

    Maybe next time.


  5. I do the same thing, if I don't know the #, I don't answer the phone. I have to talk too much on the phone at work, I don't want to at home.

  6. Beautiful and interesting post. This Truecaller App is best for identify any unknown caller

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