A little vent about phones

Even though I'm not one to make New Years resolutions, last year I decided that I was going to see the positive side in all things. You know, the "everthing happens for a reason" thing? Well, that was last year and this is a new year.

As most of you know, my father in law lives with us and has for 10 years. He's 85 years old. I've come to the conclusion that the older they get, the more they revert back to childhood. I take the man to the grocery store twice a week. Sometimes, he only buys two little containers of yogurt, sometimes, he walks out with more food than me. During the holidays, he decided to purchase some retardedly expensive fruit from one of those catalog places. You know, because they don't sell grapefruit and oranges and pears at the grocery store. :rolling eyes: And because he's 85 years old, he does it the old fashioned way... he fills out the order form and mails it in with a check.

These people decided that they should call him EVERY DAY on the phone to see if he needs to place another order. EVERY.FREAKIN.DAY.

Yesterday, I was awoken from a sorely needed nap by a call that showed up on the caller id from Louisiana. They didn't leave a message, so I googled the number. Apparently it is a company selling funeral services. Umm, I'll let ya know when I need those kind of services and chances are, I won't be calling Louisiana.

Dinner time is a favorite time for solicitors to call asking for donations. That's fun. NOT.

Point is, the telphone has become a source of irritation and stress for me. So you know what I did? I turned it OFF. Yep, I sure did. Talked to my phone company and said STOP THE MADNESS! So they did! What a beautiful thing! Knowing that I won't be sitting on the toilet and having the phone ringing and me trying to hurry up to answer is a beautiful, beautiful thing. :-D

There are so many positives in this decision, not the least of which is I save $50. a month not to be annoyed! Just think! That's $50. I can spend on scrappy supplies!!! LOL

So, in the words of Jimmy Buffett, if the phone doesn't ring, it's me. LOL


  1. LOL! what a great idea! $50 a month saved, and no more annoying calls!

  2. We don't have a home phone either! Everyone who calls us calls us on our cells. Only telemarketers call us on our home phone.

  3. We don't have a home phone, also you might want to get on the DO NOT CALL LIST, we did and it worked great when we DID have a phone...

  4. Yep, we are on the "Do Not Call List", too. It worked wonders! We still have one fax machine that tries to fax us every once in a while, but that's it.

  5. great decision! i did notice a difference initially with the "do not call list" we are on, but i am seeing another upswing of telephone calls again! yay for you!

  6. We too, are on the DO NOT CALL list, you do need to re-subscribe to it every five years though, ridiculous as that is~

    Suzanne, I am constantly learning new stuff from you, you can Google phone numbers??!!?? Yippee, thanks for the tip!