I was sitting here at my desk last night not doing anything useful, just fiddlin’ around as Hubby calls it, and the ‘phone rang. I hate talking on the phone but I knew Hubby was in his easy chair watching sitcoms so–since I was sitting right next to to it–I lifted the receiver to my ear. A perky young voice explained that she was conducting a survey of some kind–she explained it but I only half-listened–and at the end of the explanation she said she was hoping to get a wide range of public opinion and would I like to share mine on a variety of subjects? or something similar. It wasn’t a recording, there was a real person on the other end of the line.
Opinions? Well . . . usually when these types of calls come in I feel like they must be important research, otherwise why would they be doing it, right ?! so I’ve always said yes and been sorry later. Often the questions are worded in such a way that if you tell the truth–such as the recorded one I participated in a couple years back–it makes you sound like a baby killer, but to answer the way they obviously want you to, you’d be lying. It’s not a yes and no answer in these situations. (What I did was answer truthfully–since it was recorded–that I was FOR abortion*, and then I laughed maniacally so they’d never call me again.)
So, it’s the end of the day when my energy is lagging way behind anyway, and before I knew what was what I heard myself say, “well, to tell you the truth I don’t actually don’t have many personal opinions . . .” and while I was floundering around trying to think what else I could add (since I was sure that was ME who’d answered), I heard a giggle and then she said, “. . . so you’d rather not take part in the survey then?”
“Nah, not really!” Now I could have added, “at least not at this time of day” but I didn’t. She thanked me for my honesty and then hung up. I felt my face absolutely beaming! Who knew it could be so easy to opt out of these surveys? I never did. Now I think I’ve created a monster and I can only warn telephone solicitors from here on out, “Don’t call me. I’ll call you when I have opinions worth talking to a stranger about.”
*Of course there’s a lot more to the story than “yes or no”, if you really want my opinion just ask, because in fact I have very definite opinions about a lot of things.