Monthly Archive: July 2004

Andy Rooney’s tips for telemarketers

Three Little Words That Work !!

(1)The three little words are: “Hold On, Please…”
Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off (instead of hanging-up immediately) would make each telemarketing call so much more time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt.
Then when you eventually hear the phone company’s “beep-beep-beep” tone, you know it’s time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task.
These three little words will help eliminate telephone soliciting.

(2) Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other end?
This is a telemarketing technique where a machine makes phone calls and records the time of day when a person answers the phone.
This technique is used to determine the best time of day for a “real” sales person to call back and get someone at home.
What you can do after answering, if you notice there is no one there, is to immediately start hitting your # button on the phone, 6 or 7 times, as quickly as possible. This confuses the machine that dialed the call and it kicks your number out of their system. Gosh, what a shame not to have your name in their system any longer !!!

(3) Junk Mail Help:
When you get “ads” enclosed with your phone or utility bill, return these “ads” with your payment. Let the sending companies throw their own junk mail away.
When you get those “pre-approved” letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type junk, do not throw away the return envelope.
Most of these come with postage-paid return envelopes, right? It costs them more than the regular 37cents postage “IF” and when they receive them back.
It costs them nothing if you throw them away! The postage was around 50 cents before the last increase and it is according to the weight. In that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little, postage-paid return envelopes.

One of Andy Rooney’s (60 minutes) ideas.

Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express.

Send a pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn’t get anything else that day, then just send them their blank application back!

If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn’t on anything you send them.

You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! It still costs them 37 cents.

The banks and credit card companies are currently getting a lot of their own junk back in the mail, but folks, we need to OVERWHELM them. Let’s let them know what it’s like to get lots of junk mail, and best of all they’re paying for it…Twice!

Let’s help keep our postal service busy since they are saying that e-mail is cutting into their business profits, and that’s why they need to increase postage costs again. You get the idea !

If enough people follow these tips, it will work—- I have been doing this for years, and I get very little junk mail anymore.

Trinoc*coN was fun.  I’ve had MORE fun at a con, but it was good that I went.  My concert went well, and everyone left feeling really good about it.  I missed Aimee terribly though all weekend.

My bus got back to Asheville at 3:20 am.  There were no cabs waiting at the station, which is rare.  I started walking home.  I flagged down two cabs that passed me, but they kept going.  Heck, I couldn’t even get a couple of cop cars that passed me to stop.  My bags were really heavy, it was hard to walk more than a half block without stopping to rest.  And I’m really sore today from that.  But I got home, and I’ve talked with my Aimee on the phone briefly a couple of time.

I need to go pick up the key and security code for Mountainhouse, where we have our NAMI CARE meetings.  I’m glad they trust me with this.-  It will be good to get these meetings going again.

Many thanks to my parents for loaning me the money to go to the con.  I don’t know what I would have done without them.


Getting worried.  I have to go pack for the convention, I leave around 11 am tomorrow.  I haven’t gotten to talk to Aimee much, she has been spending all her time on the phone with me and hasn’t been cleaning her house, so now she and Misty are doing that.  I’m already going to miss her all weekend…

I sent her some songs to keep her company.  She now has two tapes of me singing my songs.  I want my Aimee to love me and be happy doing so.  I need her to come home, but I put too much pressure on her about that already.  She knows where I am and how much I need her.  And I know how much she needs me, and all the things we could do and be together.

In case you haven’t noticed, this guy’s in love.  I LOVE YOU MY AIMEE!!!!

Thanks to my parents, I have the money for my hotel room this weekend.  I heard from the concom, and they only have me scheduled for one concert and no panels.  I hope that changes, I really enjoyed the two panels I was on last year.  Anyhow, I hope it’s as much fun as last year.  I still think Marada may be coming for part of it, don’t know for sure.

I called the manager at Mountainhouse and arranged to meet with him on Monday to get the key and learn how to set the alarm system, so we can go on having NAMI CARE meetings.  Those of you who have been reading for a while know how important that group has been to me; I hope I can keep it going in the beautiful spirit that Chim brought to the group.

I might be overextending myself.  I’m now running two support groups, one meeting weekly and the other twice monthly; getting into NAMI CARE also means two more meetings a month with NAMI, a group I do not see eye-to-eye with.  In addition, I have 4 Yahoogroups and 2 Livewire Forums to run, and post the Hindu lessons (3 of them) daily to another forum on DelphiForums.  Plus my work with the National Homeless Network and CERES.

I’m keeping up with my meditation for now.  For that matter, I should go do that now.


Another dull day.  Not nearly enough time with my Aimee.  Her hubby keeps calling her for hours just to bitch her out.  Now he’s even trying to hook her up with one of his friends.  Of course, I might be misunderstanding that, but I don’t have any fear about Aimee.

OK, I managed to get the money I need for this weekend.  My parents are loaning it to me.  I’ll have to pay it back rather quickly too, but that was my choice.  I’ve borrowed a lot of money from them over the years, and a lot of it did not get paid back, so they’re really doing me a big favor loaning me this now.

I have to call tomorrow to get the key and security code so that I can start holding NAMI CARE meetings at Mountainhouse again.  I don’t think I can manage to have a meeting  tomorrow though.  And I leave Friday morning for Durham.

It’s going to be a long weekend, I’ll hardly ever get to talk to my honey.  But it will be good for me to keep my music “out there”.  I may not write again until I get back.  Hope ya miss me.


My Aimee is asleep now, and as usual I’m listening to her breathe. 

I got a new responsibility today… I’m taking over the NAMI CARE group, at least temporarily.  That means more NAMI meetings though, at least two more a month.  I have to keep this group going, it has been one of my best supports in the past couple of years.  One other person applied for the job, but as far as I know he has only attended two meetings and was disruptive at the last one.

John took me to breakfast and we went to see I, Robot.  It was good, although it was not a plot Asimov would have written.  I think there is plenty in the books to work with, they didn’t have to write a whole new story.  They borrowed most of the characters from the original set of short stories, but I think Susan Calvin should have been more logical and less emotional.

Better go to bed now.



As usual, I’ve been on the phone virtually non-stop with my sweet Aimee.  When I’m not, I miss her terribly.  Like right now.  But I’m going out to breakfast and a movie with John in a few minutes, and have a meeting tonight at 5:30.

Meditation has been going well.  I have revised my page again on my website — am so tired of being pulled this way and that by the two theorists who are my guru and paramguru, so I just took the best of what worked for me and called it my own.  I was supposed to be meditating with no conscious thoughts of anything but the breathing … all the yammering back and forth was impinging on that.  So, a pox on both your houses (I take that out of the Law), I’m going it on my own.  Sure beats giving it up, it’s nice to have a regular regimen of meditation.

OK, gotta get my shoes and socks on.  Probably going to see I, Robot.  After breakfast.

These are for you, Aimee…

And a little piece of my  for my friends… that’s you, Irish…


My honey’s home.  well, back anyway.  I’m really not doing well right now, but it’s probably that I haven’t eaten…

NHN Meeting went well… kinda strange.

Ah well, I’m in love with my Aimee…


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Another Saturday.  Waaaah.  No honey.  Aimee called me this morning to tell me her husband was home.  I hate this married thing, unless it’s me they’re married to… but I’ll cope, it won’t be long now.

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John’s coming over in a bit to take me to breakfast and then we’re going to pick up something he ordered from Sears.

Not much else on the schedule for this weekend.

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