Voting with me feet

Itís Election Day everywhere, and I am heartily sick of political advertising. On the plus side, itís chased me out into the shop.

We donít watch a lot of live broadcast TV, preferring to record and watch later without commercials, but we always watch both the local and national news live each night.† For the past three months, the political ads have been relentless. And relentlessly offensive. Not much you can do about that other than wait past the first Tuesday in November. Then theyíre all gone and the return of relentlessly offensive prescription drug ads will be a welcome relief.

All that isnít a problem when Iím trying to work, since I donít watch TV during the day. I listen to the radio, but its satellite radio with no commercials of any kind, much less insipid political spots. But the latest trend in political advertising is to have moronic robots calling your house so you can hear the moronic recorded message of whatever moronic candidate has paid for that currently popular invade-your-privacy-whether-you-like-it-or-not advertising ploy.

For the last two days the calls have been incessant. I got more than 30 yesterday. As I write this at about 10:00 in the morning, the phone has already rung seven times. My plans today were to continue with an editing project thatís up against deadline, but I simply canít work with the phone constantly ringing. Nor am I one of those people who can simply turn off the phone or ignore it. One ring breaks my concentration.

So Iím shuffling my work schedule. First, Iím going to walk down to my polling place and vote, and then Iím voting with my feet and walking out to the shop till the polls close.† I have a phone out there, too, but I rarely hear it ring. And when Iím in the shop Iím usually so immersed in what Iím doing that I have no problem shutting that phone off.

Donít bother calling me today.† I wonít be answering.

Till next time,



  • Alan Young says:

    We went to all cell phones @ 4 years or so ago. Since then I haven’t a single telemarketer,political call etc…

  • A.J. Hamler says:

    Ya know, Alan, I’d do that if it weren’t for the fact that my cell phone is always — always! — in the other room. Or, more accurately, it seems to be one of those models that only rings once I’ve walked out of the room it happens to be in. In the meantime, we’ve been on the No-Call list for years, and it works pretty well… except for those knucklehead politicians.

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