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Journalists [Sep. 30th, 2002|12:17 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
There are two types of journalists:

1) those whom I tolerate.

2) those who call and wake me up at 8:30 am with the same old stupid questions after obviously having done little to no previous research.

But it's all good... I'm glad I got up early. I'm more productive when I don't oversleep.

What really bugs me though is all the sales calls I get... AT&T Long Distance and Meet the Need Foundation just don't give up. Every day it's one of them.

"Hi, this is Karen with Meet the Need Foundat---"

"Hi, this is Brad. You can start by meeting my need and stop calling me every fucking two days. Bye."

I wish. Today was my last friendly hang-up. Next time they'll get that.

I did like the girl calling about windows the other day, though. She had a cute voice:

"Hello, sir, can I ask what type of windows you have?"


*chuckle* "Well, yeah, but are they single pane or double pane?"

"I don't know."

"Well, are they aluminum or wood [somethingsomething]?"

"I don't know."

"Well, what's around them?"



That went on for about 10 minutes before I got bored.

[User Picture]From: muerte
2002-09-30 12:23 pm (UTC)
You know what I'm fucking tired of? Getting ENDLESS letters in the mail offering life insurance, debt consolidation loans, or a new credit card. I must get 3 a day!
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-09-30 12:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, me too. But I only check my postal mail once a week, so that doesn't bother me much.

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[User Picture]From: film_girl
2002-09-30 12:29 pm (UTC)
I love how AT&T calls me and asks if I want to get a package price on my cable and Internet service (the only reason I have AT&T Broadband is because of said package)...I inform the person that I already am with AT&T...they keep pushing. I already have the package price I implore...they keep going. Finally I hang-up.

When the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls asking me to subscribe to the paper - I reply, "unless you're running a special on the New York Times...the answer is now. The AJC sucks."

I too used to be nice...then sales callers got my cell phone number...
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[User Picture]From: xotiffany
2002-09-30 12:34 pm (UTC)
my cell phone has been getting calls like that recently. I just don't answer un-identified calls now.
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[User Picture]From: adman
2002-09-30 12:31 pm (UTC)

A trick I learned and do

If I am not expecting an important call at the time I'll say "Hey hold the line I'll get my Mom" then I put the phone down and take a shower or watch TV. Come back in half a hour and say "Hey are you still there?" .. silance.. :>)

For some reason they take me off their call back list after that treatment..

Just an idea.

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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-09-30 12:37 pm (UTC)

Re: A trick I learned and do

Hahaha... wonderful.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-09-30 12:46 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I'll try it out.
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[User Picture]From: xotiffany
2002-09-30 01:21 pm (UTC)
my mother did that. she still got calls from some companies. but she got them in trouble and they haven't had any trouble since.
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[User Picture]From: shadowsong
2002-09-30 02:50 pm (UTC)
the correct response is, of course, "i don't have windows. i prefer linux."
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