It’s time to discuss a pet peeve!

All right, everyone, it’s time for me to discuss one of my major pet peeves.

What has me so annoyed, you may or may not ask? Well, there are times when I get a call on the phone. When I ask who’s calling, they respond with a first name only. Now, when I say I get a call “on the phone”, I mean on the land line at the house. Those of you who know me know that’s an instant red flag, because NONE of my friends or coworkers know the phone number at the house. Not even Misty knows it. The reason is because ALL of my calls go through my cell phone. So, in other words, this is not someone I know personally.

Anyway, so I ask, “So-and-so who?” Said person then reveals that he or she is in fact with a company or a political campaign. Very sneaky, guys. I can see how this works: the caller is trying to trick the person into taking the call by pretending it’s someone the recipient knows on a first-name basis. I don’t know about anyone else, but being tricked into taking a call by semi-trickery is not something I appreciate, and in fact sours me to whatever you were trying to sell me on in the first place. More to the point, I’d be even more apt to avoid or recommend against it than I might have been.

So, what prompted this rant, you might ask? Well, I got an example of such a call a few minutes ago. If anyone’s wondering, it came from Barack Obama’s campaign, which is heavily working in advance of the primary on Tuesday.

So, congrats guys. You managed to turn me off him even more than I might have been already. You might have said he was for change, but this kind of change into campaign tactics I consider dishonest isn’t a change I consider for the better.