Lately I get more and more unwelcome telephone calls from all kind of shops or statistical enquiries. They propose me wine , furniture, leather sofas and recliners or other stuff of course always the best and cheapest and on top of that I am always invited to go there to get gifts for free ! Unfortunately I don't need so said free gifts, therefore our house is still without leather furniture and we don't have a wine cellar either.
Sometimes I am also asked to answer questions for such and such polls, how many dogs or cats I have, if I am married, single, or having a partnership, if we own a house or not or if we want to participate for the government to find out how much a retired couple spends per months for living.
Of course these phone calls arrive always when you just turn your spaghettis around your fork and you have the mouth full, when you stand half naked and freezing in your room to get dressed or when you are just watching a crime story on TV. We don't have a display to tell us who is calling, so I always answer the phone, I could let run it through the answering machine, but for some unknown reason, Mr. G. hates this invention and hurries wherever he is to breathless pick up the phone. Then of course I get angry because he is unable to get rid of these people and starts endless conversations, while I in the background shout : hang on !!
Now I found a solution to get rid of them very quickly and even by being polite !
Last time just during an exciting murder story on TV the phone rang. I pushed the TV button on "pause" and answered
- Aaaallo (that's french)
- Mrs Jones ?
- No I am sorry Mrs. Jones is gone out
- Aw, may I talk to Mr. Jones then ?
- No, I am sorry he is not in either, I am only the housekeeper.
A little silence, and then the man hang up !
Satisfied I returned to my murders and Mr. G. wondered where our housekeeper was.
"Please hold while we bring you the complete works of Johan Sebastian Bach"
That's also a possiblity !