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OT - "Survey Sez!" - OT

BotchBotch Posts: 6,868
Whilst recovering at home from the dressing-down by General Anesthesia this afternoon, the phone rang.  Guy asked me if I had some time to do a political survey, and for once I did.  Not the best-written questions for a "verbal" survey, like "what are the top 3 reasons for not voting libertarian out of the following 8:  blabla, bla bla bla, etc.  I answered as best I could.  It soon became apparent that this survey was written by/for the republicans, to see why some wouldn't vote for them, and perhaps modify their platform.  
At the end of the survey I was asked to elaborate on one question, and I said, "Sir, believe it or not I'm a registered republican, voted for Reagan and the first Bush, and I hope all my answers give you republicans something to chew on.  This IS a survey being conducted by the republicans, yes?"  He told me he worked for an independent survey company, and that he was never told who paid for any given survey.  That I found pretty interesting, at least someone is trying to get some unbiased information; good on them.
I'm also surprised about the number of phone solicitations I received this election cycle: three.  There were some dial-tones on my answering machine over the past month, so that may've been a few more, but just not much activity at all.  A friend of mine in Georgia got 15 (which she hung up on) in a three-minute period!! (must've been suppertime).  Utard is one of the top-red states in the nation (its either us or Wyoming) so maybe they're concentrating on "fertile ground".  
Hope most of you voted :tongue: and have a fun-filled evening!  
 
 
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,745
    i stopped answering the phone between 5 and 6 pm a month ago, ive never had that many calls. theres no reason to call a republican in massachusetts during midterms =)
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 5,480
    i stopped answering the phone between 5 and 6 pm a month ago, ive never had that many calls. theres no reason to call a republican in massachusetts during midterms =)
    Weird tho that Mass has a Republican Governor - what's that all about?
    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,745
    edited November 7
    HeavyG said:
    i stopped answering the phone between 5 and 6 pm a month ago, ive never had that many calls. theres no reason to call a republican in massachusetts during midterms =)
    Weird tho that Mass has a Republican Governor - what's that all about?
    rino governor, avoided talking about warren the whole campaign  and did not back the republican running against her. only republican on the ticket i did not vote for. mass almost always votes for a republican governor and democrat mayors
  • GrillSgtGrillSgt Posts: 2,248
    Before I got the Robokiller app I never answered a call that wasn't in my address book. At home our landline is hooked directly to the answering machine, no ring.
    Woodford & Barren Co. KY

    LBGE, XLBGE, Smobot, 2 Weber Genesis, Weber 22" kettle

    I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize

  • Landline, answering machine? what the heck are those?
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 17,958
    Landline, answering machine? what the heck are those?
    That's the communications technology of the future...
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,745
    Landline, answering machine? what the heck are those?
    the landline is new technology that keeps one from wandering to far away from the beer fridge. 
  • GrillSgtGrillSgt Posts: 2,248
    It’s the bundle baby. 
    Woodford & Barren Co. KY

    LBGE, XLBGE, Smobot, 2 Weber Genesis, Weber 22" kettle

    I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,745
    darn geeks changed the landlines from copper to fiber optics, now when the power goes out you lose the phone as well. bunch of boneheads
  • blastingblasting Posts: 5,932
    lousubcap said:just
    Landline, answering machine? what the heck are those?
    That's the communications technology of the future...

    My house doesn't have a single phone jack.  I might be in trouble once this future tech comes into play.

    Phoenix 
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 5,480
    darn geeks changed the landlines from copper to fiber optics, now when the power goes out you lose the phone as well. bunch of boneheads
    If you have a UPS for the "network box" it will provide power for x number of hours so you can still make phone calls.
    When I switched to FIOS I had no choice but to switch my landline to the fiber connection also. Wasn't thrilled about that but hey...I still have my cell phone as backup. :)
    Wondering what the data shows as to the age threshold for homes that still use landlines. I'm in the 60+ bracket and all my friends are too and we all still have landlines.
    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,745
    HeavyG said:
    darn geeks changed the landlines from copper to fiber optics, now when the power goes out you lose the phone as well. bunch of boneheads
    If you have a UPS for the "network box" it will provide power for x number of hours so you can still make phone calls.
    When I switched to FIOS I had no choice but to switch my landline to the fiber connection also. Wasn't thrilled about that but hey...I still have my cell phone as backup. :)
    Wondering what the data shows as to the age threshold for homes that still use landlines. I'm in the 60+ bracket and all my friends are too and we all still have landlines.
    i get about 20 minutes in an outage before it runs outa juice.  i have 2 shops about 500 yards from each other, separate buildings. ones copper, the others fiber now, cant transfer lines, page etc  cell phones dont work in one building and the high frequency generated from my work distorts all this new technology, im buying old phones off ebay
  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 1,567
    edited November 8
    Bunch of Amateurs. The way you handle this is when they call, you answer. Then once they start asking questions tell them to hold on you will be right back. Set the phone down and go do something. Come back 5min later and if they are still there say a sentence or 2 then tell them to hold on again. Come back 5min later and if they are still there ,rinse and repeat. They will get the idea eventually except they will be the ones on hold for 15-20min. Works every time for me. Either that or start a conversation about clipping your toenails or changing your colostomy bags. Adopting fake accents is also fun.

    Rockwall, Tx    LBGE, 36" Stainless Blackstone Griddle, Contemplating which size Egg to get next. Cast Iron Hoarder.

    "You may all go to Hell and I will go to Texas"- Davy Crockett

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,745
    Bunch of Amateurs. The way you handle this is when they call, you answer. Then once they start asking questions tell them to hold on you will be right back. Set the phone down and go do something. Come back 5min later and if they are still there say a sentence or 2 then tell them to hold on again. Come back 5min later and if they are still there ,rinse and repeat. They will get the idea eventually except they will be the ones on hold for 15-20min. Works every time for me. Either that or start a conversation about clipping your toenails or changing your colostomy bags. Adopting fake accents is also fun.
    they will just sell your name and number to 10 other calling groups to pester you ;)
  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 1,567
    edited November 8
    Bunch of Amateurs. The way you handle this is when they call, you answer. Then once they start asking questions tell them to hold on you will be right back. Set the phone down and go do something. Come back 5min later and if they are still there say a sentence or 2 then tell them to hold on again. Come back 5min later and if they are still there ,rinse and repeat. They will get the idea eventually except they will be the ones on hold for 15-20min. Works every time for me. Either that or start a conversation about clipping your toenails or changing your colostomy bags. Adopting fake accents is also fun.
    they will just sell your name and number to 10 other calling groups to pester you ;)
    And that's when the real fun begins.....Suddenly I feel as though I suffer from tourette's...

    Rockwall, Tx    LBGE, 36" Stainless Blackstone Griddle, Contemplating which size Egg to get next. Cast Iron Hoarder.

    "You may all go to Hell and I will go to Texas"- Davy Crockett

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,745
    Bunch of Amateurs. The way you handle this is when they call, you answer. Then once they start asking questions tell them to hold on you will be right back. Set the phone down and go do something. Come back 5min later and if they are still there say a sentence or 2 then tell them to hold on again. Come back 5min later and if they are still there ,rinse and repeat. They will get the idea eventually except they will be the ones on hold for 15-20min. Works every time for me. Either that or start a conversation about clipping your toenails or changing your colostomy bags. Adopting fake accents is also fun.
    they will just sell your name and number to 10 other calling groups to pester you ;)
    And that's when the real fun begins.....Suddenly I feel as though I suffer from tourette's...
    as i type this theres one on my phone on caller id ringing away LOL
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 17,958
    The calls have gone way down since Tues but I have had 4 today.  It has been several years since one was answered but they are friggin persistent. 
    Best one I have had was when my land-line got a call from my spoofed cell phone.  Both phones were next to each other and it was before any day drinkin had begun. 
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 1,567
    Bunch of Amateurs. The way you handle this is when they call, you answer. Then once they start asking questions tell them to hold on you will be right back. Set the phone down and go do something. Come back 5min later and if they are still there say a sentence or 2 then tell them to hold on again. Come back 5min later and if they are still there ,rinse and repeat. They will get the idea eventually except they will be the ones on hold for 15-20min. Works every time for me. Either that or start a conversation about clipping your toenails or changing your colostomy bags. Adopting fake accents is also fun.
    they will just sell your name and number to 10 other calling groups to pester you ;)

    I haven't noticed that yet, hold on i'm getting a cal......

    Rockwall, Tx    LBGE, 36" Stainless Blackstone Griddle, Contemplating which size Egg to get next. Cast Iron Hoarder.

    "You may all go to Hell and I will go to Texas"- Davy Crockett

  • BotchBotch Posts: 6,868
    Damn you guys, you turn my carefully-honed political bait into a treatise on electronic communications.  
    I'm done here, Peace Out!!  
     
     
     
     
    :tongue:
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    Live fast, die young, and leave a well-marbled corpse.  
     
    Ogden, Utard.  
  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 17,073
    Too honed.  Be more aggressive 
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
    LBGE, MM, BS (Blackstone and the other kind)
    One sorry Labrador

    My chili did not suck. My wings either. 
  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 17,073
    On your next forum.  Bye bye. 
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
    LBGE, MM, BS (Blackstone and the other kind)
    One sorry Labrador

    My chili did not suck. My wings either. 
  • GrillSgtGrillSgt Posts: 2,248
    Bunch of Amateurs. The way you handle this is when they call, you answer. Then once they start asking questions tell them to hold on you will be right back. Set the phone down and go do something. Come back 5min later and if they are still there say a sentence or 2 then tell them to hold on again. Come back 5min later and if they are still there ,rinse and repeat. They will get the idea eventually except they will be the ones on hold for 15-20min. Works every time for me. Either that or start a conversation about clipping your toenails or changing your colostomy bags. Adopting fake accents is also fun.
    99% are recordings. 
    Woodford & Barren Co. KY

    LBGE, XLBGE, Smobot, 2 Weber Genesis, Weber 22" kettle

    I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize

  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 1,567
    edited November 9
    GrillSgt said:
    Bunch of Amateurs. The way you handle this is when they call, you answer. Then once they start asking questions tell them to hold on you will be right back. Set the phone down and go do something. Come back 5min later and if they are still there say a sentence or 2 then tell them to hold on again. Come back 5min later and if they are still there ,rinse and repeat. They will get the idea eventually except they will be the ones on hold for 15-20min. Works every time for me. Either that or start a conversation about clipping your toenails or changing your colostomy bags. Adopting fake accents is also fun.
    99% are recordings. 
    Ohhh that’s why they didn’t answer back......

    Rockwall, Tx    LBGE, 36" Stainless Blackstone Griddle, Contemplating which size Egg to get next. Cast Iron Hoarder.

    "You may all go to Hell and I will go to Texas"- Davy Crockett

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 28,179
    What?!  My vehicle's factory warranty is about to run out?!  How did you know?

    (I have only bought used cars with no warranty for the past 27 years)...
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 11,765
    Bunch of Amateurs. The way you handle this is when they call, you answer. Then once they start asking questions tell them to hold on you will be right back. Set the phone down and go do something. Come back 5min later and if they are still there say a sentence or 2 then tell them to hold on again. Come back 5min later and if they are still there ,rinse and repeat. They will get the idea eventually except they will be the ones on hold for 15-20min. Works every time for me. Either that or start a conversation about clipping your toenails or changing your colostomy bags. Adopting fake accents is also fun.
    When I’m in the mood to answer one of these calls, I usually go with heavy breathing , no words, or “what are you wearing right now??” Sometimes both, if I’m really bored. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,745
    theres a handyman recording i get once a month, no idea how long the recording is as it always fills the machine.  carpet steaming, deck cleaning, power wash driveway cleaning and sealing, fence repair, fence painting, window installs chimney sweeping....it goes on and on

    ive recorded it and passed it along =)
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,745
    atleast the random email spam isnt that bad, as of right now i have 73,503 un opened emails in my acct =)
  • YnoYno Posts: 125
    I had DSL a while back, so I had a landline with an answering machine. When I went to cable (way higher speed!) I got rid of the landline. I have a Google Voice number that I give out freely, and hardly ever check.

    My cell phone is set to no default ring, and all my contacts have a custom ringtone. If my phone rings, I know it is someone in my contact list. Anyone else, every few days I go in and block any number that has called.

    Lots of people I know have been getting calls that leave a voicemail in Chinese or some Oriental language. Those are annoying.
    XL BGE in San Jose, CA. Also a Pit Barrel Cooker, a Cal Flame P4 gasser, and lots of toys including the first ever Flame Boss 300 in the wild.
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 6,843
    When a human calls I like to ask for his/her full name and social security number so I can report him/her to the FCC because we are on the no call list.  That usually ends the call pretty quickly.

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 13,517
    Someone needs to get the Trumpster fired up over these robo calls. Surely that would get bipartisan support. 
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