Saturday, February 13, 2010

Yes, I'm alive...

It has been somewhat crazy around here. Nothing terribly out of the ordinary, but some of this I brought upon myself.

Still dismantling the couch. I had to let my hands heal up a bit before I could start again. And my arms.

I went for bloodwork (which I do every three months) and my veins were most uncooperative. Four jabs - both hands and both arms. They finally found a vein really deep in my left arm. If you can get the needle in and get it to STAY in, the blood virtually gushes in to the tube. But getting to it is the big thing. I even drank lots of water the previous couple of days... So I had achy arms and hands for a couple of days too.

I got a 7 day pass to a local women-only gym - and haven't found the time to even go for FREE. They're pressing me to sign up, which isn't going to happen since I can't even get there once in a week's time.

The scammers have found me. Not sure, but I think entering for the Publisher's Clearing House or voting for a friend's baby on line did it. Suddenly I am beseiged by junk email and some phone number in New Jersey keeps calling me. I listened to their pitch once (they would send me free information on applying for government grants - ALL I have to do is give them my credit card number so they could ship it to me), asked them for all of their information (which I wrote down) then declined their offer. Went on line to check them out. According to them, their address is in Utah. Then why are they calling from New Jersey? Their website doesn't exist. Their physical address exists, but not the suite. I went to Snopes.com and found them there under Scams. Yep. And they don't take no for an answer.

So yesterday, when they began their day of 30 phone calls, I picked up the phone, waited until I heard someone asking for me, then I screamed into the mouthpiece. They didn't call again until evening. Then I blew a whistle into the mouthpiece. I do that every time they call. So far today, they've called three times. I imagine someone's going to get tired of having their ears blasted and they'll quit calling. I always wait until a person speaks before I let 'em have it.

If only I could do that to the Police Benevolent Society or the Fraternal Order of Police or the Highway Patrol people when they call...

7 comments:

Ari_1965 said...

Ooh, four jabs. That beats my iron shot in the tush.

I am so sorry about the phone calls. How nerve wracking and annoying.

Anonymous said...

good idea the whistle. Never thought of it. I just don't answer when it is an 800 number or unknown. Love caller idea.

Stephanie

joangee said...

Sorry to hear of your phone probs.
Wish you had a govt site like we have. Can report nuisance calls n if they persist they get fined.

Hope they stop calling you.

Sayre said...

I did finally think to visit the Do-Not-Call Registry. We are registered, but apparently whatever I did online constituted an invitation to call, so I had to specifically tell the callers "Do Not Call this NUMBER". Then any call after that can be logged, with the caller facing repercussions. So the next time New Jersey called, I told them not to call again, the man said "thank you, Ma'am" and I haven't heard from them since. Phew! Of course, part of me is hoping they DO call so that I can report them for all the irritation of the last two days...

Sandcastle Momma said...

We're on the Do Not Call registry too but still seem to get a lot of calls that supposedly we opted into. I love the whistle idea!

Anonymous said...

You can blow a whistle in the ear of the FHP and the FOP and the PBA with impunity!

dad

SophieMae said...

Whenever we start getting several calls a day from the same number, I make a point of throwing out the H(arrassment) word. We don't get nearly as many spam/scam calls now.

Did y'all see the snow up there? Duller saw it, I think it was Friday afternoon. Then we all saw it down here that night.