Have you had just a tad too many telemarketing calls lately ? Usually at the dinner hour ? Or perhaps after 8 oclock at night ? I have nothing against someone working for a living, but some of these calls are really an annoyance. In fact, once upon a time, many moons ago, I sold newsprint advertising which involved making cold calls to drum up sales. I know it can be tedious, and you often meet with people picking up the phone who have absolutely no interest in your call. I don’t blame them… but it's a job and someone has to do it to pay their bills, and feed their kids. I try to be polite and simply request to whomever is calling, "Please take me off your list" or "Please place me on your do not call list." Sometimes this works, and sometimes it doesn’t. Nowadays, often you will receive an automated message. The only way to combat that is to promptly hang up and hope that the computer program which dialed you in the first place has a default - abort caller - function after so many attempts. This seems to be the case, but it's admittedly an exercise in patience. The worst of the worst is when you get someone rifling through a sales spiel and they refuse to let you get in a word edgewise to politely request that they discontinue calls. It's also rude when they inquire as to whom they are speaking and you are forced to identify yourself in the sanctity of your own home. They have your name right in front of them all the while. A person could get upset at these minor inconveniences life has to offer, or we can have some fun. This is usually my first line of defense and I never tire of it, it’s really a blast: Pretend you don’t speak English. Make up some language that sounds like half Cambodian and three quarters gibberish. Exclaim loudly in gutteral repetetive sounds. I find that you usually are dropped from the list pretty quick. The other fun counter tele- tactic is , when asked if "Mr So and So" is home, to say, "Just a minute, I'll check" and just leave the phone receiver on the table and go about your business, maybe hang it up an hour later. The really fun one is to ask the telemarketer if its their birthday, and request that you'd like to sing them a song. Ask their opinion on the decimation of non succulent plant life in Sub - Saharan Africa, and ask if it's okay whether you can send them material on the subject. Don't take no for an answer, and by all means have polite, good clean fun.