The conversations are real, only the names have been changed…
Telemarketer: Hello, this is Jamie with Satellite TV company. Do you currently have cable or satellite?
Me: We don’t watch TV. We think it’s evil and keep it in the basement, to protect the children.
Telemarketer: Really ?!?
Me: Actually, our TV is in the basement, we only use it to watch movies on the weekend.
Telemarketer: I don’t really watch TV that much either.
Me: Kind of ironic, being that you work for Satellite TV company.
Telemarketer: Yeah. It’s a job.
Telemarketer: Hello, this is Jenny with (consulting company, that I can’t remember the name of), I know your time is valuable, and you are busy with many IT projects, so I’ll get to the point…
Me: Actually, I was reading web comics.
Telemarketer: (tells me about her companies services, what they can offer, etc.)
Me: Well, I’m a one man IT shop, with no help and no budget. I can’t even buy a replacement hard drive without approval. I don’t think there is anything your company can do for me.
Telemarketer: Oh. What web comic were you reading?
Me: Userfriendly.org. It’s about a small ISP in Canada.
Telemarketer: xkcd.com, science and geek humor.
She was right, XKCD is quite good. You know, I think that’s the only time I’ve wanted telemarketer to call back (so I could thank her).