I think that before we go through another election cycle our home phone will be history.
Today, election day, when the voting from this household is already done, we have received 8 phone calls. That makes the combined calls from yesterday and today 25 calls. Most of them are from the Republicans. I am not a republican.....I am a thinking person who reads broadly, pays attention, and often splits the ticket.
The creepiest calls by far have been the pre-recorded messages done by Clint Eastwood and Pat Boone. Really?! I wondered if they had to exhume Pat Boone to do the message, but I refused to stoop to googling that. How old do they think I am?!
And Clint Eastwood.....I just sat the phone on a kitchen chair and walked out. I'm told he likes to talk to empty chairs.
Caller ID used to be a great help, but somehow they have tricked the system and I get voicemails of busy signals and obnoxious noises if I don't pick up.
Sometimes (well really, most of the time) I pick up and hit "end call". Then Thursday, while I was trying to cut out a pattern for a jacket in some very nice wool (it is Wovember after all....and yes, that does count as fiber content in this post.) I took three such phone calls in succession before I could even put the phone down.
Exactly where is the borderline between campaigning and harassment?
This afternoon I had to leave the house after the 7th phone call. I ran to the LYS and picked up the holiday issue of VK just so I could read the article by Barbara Kingsolver. She has a new book out and I'm on the waiting list at the library.
When I walked in the door from that errand the phone was ringing. Caller ID: Private Name; Private Number. at 4:20 PM. on election day. Call number 8.
I'm hanging onto the edge by my fingernails for the next 3 hrs. 40 min...Unless they are stupid enough to run robo calls after the polls close. Which is a distinct possibility. They were dumb enough to publicly say, "Then we just flip the Etch-A-Sketch." (one among many offensive quotes from the past 6 months.)