Some things catch your attention with their absurdity.

Let’s consider a few examples.

Is it our optimistic nature, or are we gullible enough to believe in that mythical space known as downtime? It is a time after the political campaigns are over, folks voted, and the search for lost or misplaced votes ended. Ideally, the candidates’ signs will no longer clutter the land, and our mailboxes will not overflow with the pre-turkey stuffings of political mailers.

We hate to be the one to burst your bubble, cupcake, but it never ends. Yesterday, a cardboard mailer appeared in our mailbox from a Senator-elect in our state. We do not know who he is and could care less, but anything politically related has no business in our mail so soon after the mid-term elections.

This particular fellow invited an intimate group, probably everyone on his mailing list, to a fundraiser at the end of November. RSVP requested. Well, we hate to disappoint the guy, but we are not interested. We need our money for more important things, like Christmas shopping.

We should count ourselves lucky that the personal, robo telephone calls from politicians and their minions have slowed to a trickle. But, the sales and charity donation calls continue. As a matter of fact, the begging telephone calls ramp up as the holidays loom on the horizon.

The sales calls know no season and never let up. One call pops up every month, and voicemail records every breathless word.

“Hello, my name is Sarah. Are you suffering from chronic pain? Blah, blah, and blah.”

If we were to answer the phone and reply, it would be something like “If you must know, we suffer from excruciating pain in the patootie caused by chronic sales calls.”

Some “lucky” folks receive calls from the “IRS,” which may fill them with dread. While discussing such calls with lawyers from an international law firm, we learned the lawyers get the same calls. Their advice, ignore such calls because the big bad government guys do not call. They prefer to write scary, threatening letters or break down your front door in the middle of the night for maximum effect.

We noticed a couple of social media annoyances. One is from Facebook. “A lot has happened on Facebook since you last logged on.” Our response is a smirk and a snarky “Do I care?”

Since this writer is technologically challenged and more or less proud of it, a new wrinkle in the form of a puzzling weekly message popped up on her iPhone. “Your screen activity time this week is 6 minutes.” Another one showed an increase of 11 minutes. Go, girl!

At first, we thought they wanted to encourage more usage. On the contrary, the message reminds people to put down the phone and connect to the humans in the room. Good luck with that. The young adults and teens mired in the muck on their cell phones lost the ability to converse in coherent sentences without emojis.

Insurance commercials are puzzling. All insurance company advertisements promise you a savings of anywhere from $400 to $500 or more if you switch to them. There are only a couple of companies who prefer to raise their rates each year and do not make that promise.

Of course, some folks enjoy the thrill of saving pennies here and there. But consider this.

Since nearly all of the insurance companies make similar promises, we have one response. Compared to the brain damage and paperwork involved, if your company does a good job and the rates are comparable, why bother to switch?

The final example comes from a recent visit to an honest to goodness, brick, and mortar shopping mall.

One store caught our son’s attention with it’s Store Closing signs plastered on every window and door. “Let’s check out their selection of Craftsman tools.”

As we wandered the aisles, this writer noticed signs near high-dollar items: “6 months financing available.”

Why would you consider a financing offer from a store that is closing?







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