I’ve attracted a lot of pretend followers. Bloggers who aren’t there at all. Blogs that haven’t been filled in yet or blogs that are trying to sell me something. I try to visit the blog behind each new like or follow. It is so disappointing to get there to find nothing.
Along those same lines, we got a call tonight from someone wanting to sell us something. It drives my husband crazy that I talk to the telemarketeers and pollsters. I can’t help myself. So I’m listening to a rather long recorded message, thinking I’ll press numbers until I opt out or talk to someone but NO. I get another recording in the world’s worst sales pitch with the option to leave a message, so I do. “Hi, this is Elroy Jones from Happy Trails Residential Facility. I don’t know how you got our number but I’d really appreciate it if you’d take it off your calling list. I can’t leave the residents in the evening. Between collecting dinner trays and passing medications there isn’t time to answer the phone but I have to answer it in case there’s an emergency. I’m sure you understand how busy it is around here, and once I get poor Claudia settled in for the evening it’s very disruptive because she really does not like the phone and she yells, sometimes she screams. The other thing is sometimes the floors are slippery around here, you know incontinence, and if I’m running for the phone, and slip and fall, and break the other hip well, I don’t know what we’d do then…” I usually talk until I run out of recording.
As you can imagine, I am just about killing myself wanting to laugh because I think I’m so gut busting funny. I figure I’m just giving them a taste of their own medicine plus I like to imagine that whoever hears it first will tell someone else in the office on Monday morning- “Hey Joe, you gotta hear this!” My husband is not as easily amused as I am.
Which brings us to my final thought for the evening. I once worked in a hospital setting in the administrative offices. We had a terrific Director of Nursing. A caring, compassionate, wildly irreverent woman, whom I just loved. Healthcare attracts it’s share of lunatics and drug addicts (not me!) and they could be trying, especially when they called repeatedly. I like to talk, so I was elected to field the difficult phone calls. The Director of Nursing had a situation that required my talents. I took the call and listened and talked while she stood by. When the phone call concluded and I got the, obviously fried out of her gourd, nurse off the phone, the Director looked at me and said, “It should be alarming to me to observe the ease with which you lie.”
You can understand why I am disappointed when I travel to find a blog of nothing; all that opportunity wasted.