Apologies to Readers & Book Lovers. This is my first diary since moving to DK4. It might be slightly off-topic, but my next diary (Coming Soon!) will focus on the process of becoming a newly published author. I should have that diary ready within the week. In the meantime...
My friends at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) called while I was home eating lunch. I was quite happy with the outcome.
My office is only 7 miles from my house. Because my office and my house are in very rural, south Alabama, the only real traffic is log trucks, foresters, and farmers. It takes 10 minutes to make it home for a warm lunch with the family. I had just stepped in the door and was getting ready to eat a bowl of soup when the phone rang. The caller ID listed "NRCC". Because I send them money on a regular basis, I knew what the initials stood for.
I answered the phone. The man on the other end identified himself as representing the NRCC and said he was conducting a brief survey. I was happy to participate.
True to his word, the survey consisted of one question, "Do you want your Congressional leaders to focus on ending wasteful government spending? Or, would you prefer Congress to focus on ending the job-killing, healthcare-destroying, Obamacare?"
Hummm. I asked him to repeat the question while I considered my reply. Before he finished reading the question, I decided to go with option #1 - "ending wasteful government spending." After all, I was all in favor of "Obamacare" and I would like us to save the hundreds of billions we are pissing away in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After I told the caller "I'll go with option #1" he replied "I couldn't agree with you more! Now, would you please consider a gift of $75.00 to assist the NRCC is moving forward our agenda?"
My answer "No."
He continued, "I certainly understand. Would you consider a modest gift of $25.00 today?"
My answer, "No."
He didn't give up. "We certainly understand, and we would be appreciative of any amount that you could contribute today. Can we put you down for some lesser amount?"
Now we were talking. "Sure, I normally give two cents in this situation."
I'll give him credit. He laughed. Then he asked "Will you be paying by Visa, Master Card, or American Express?"
"I prefer cash or check. Can you mail me the pledge form?"
He got my address. He'll enter my information in to computer. They'll print some papers, mail it to me with a postage paid return envelope. I'll fill out their asinine survey. Tell them to go fu** themselves, and include my two cents. If they are true to form, in a few weeks I'll get a "Thank You" letter for my generous donation and they will request an additional donation. Will I send it? Hell yeah! I've got a whole roll of pennies to work through in 2012!