Posted in Things that piss me off

One Way To Shut Them Up

Tonight the phone rang (yes, my landline phone…I still have one.  It rings more than my cell phone does).

ME:  “Hello?”

I could all ready tell it was someone I didn’t want to talk to, just from the static on the other end and the hesitant pause.

ANONYMOUS FEMALE CALLER:  “May I speak with the woman of the house?”

The “woman of the house”?  Who asks for the “woman of the house” these days?  Then again, I was speaking to her on a landline…

For a moment I almost told the caller to hold while I got my daughter on the phone.  Then I remembered she’s only eleven.

ME:  You’re speaking to her.

ANONYMOUS FEMALE CALLER:  “Hello, I’m so-and-so from such-and-such right-wing political bullshit organization.  We’re calling today to get your opinion on abortion.  Are you pro-life or pro-choice?”

ME:  (without missing a beat):  “Pro-choice.”

There was dead silence on the other end.  Apparently she must have taken me for some gung-ho Republican and was taken aback.

ANONYMOUS FEMALE CALLER:  “Is there another female present who I may speak with?”

A small part of me thought of getting my husband on the phone with his best Mrs. Doubtfire impression.

I thought better of it as I slammed down my landline.



I'm a writer. I'm also a wife and a parent who works too much and lives too little. In addition to writing I also love to read, listen to music, travel, cook, I enjoy looking for bargains at flea markets or thrift stores, Christmas, football and of course writing! How did I come up with the title of my blog? Two things: 1. I live in New England (duh) and 2. Canadian singer Alan Frew once arrogantly told me to "get a New England life"--again--DUH! I already HAVE one!

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