Fortunately, they assured us they were expecting more of a crowd later. But we quite enjoyed our very quiet dinner.
Unfortunately, that was not the case when we had lunch with friends from Pennsylvania a few days later at another local eatery. There we encountered a large table of people who talked so loudly and laughed so hysterically that it was nearly impossible to carry on a conversation. We were appalled. Our friends pronounced the group to be boorish. We thought them to be just plain rude. In retrospect we should have probably asked to be moved. But we didn’t. As a result, although we had very good food and very good service, we found the ambiance to be less than pleasant.
Finally, it has been become obvious to us, not only from a marked increase in calls, but also from conversation with friends, that telemarketing calls are on the rise. And there seems to be much concern, as we move into the fall campaign season, that such unwanted calls will only increase. We have discovered over the years that being on the federal “Do Not Call List” has been very helpful. Even so, the number of unwanted calls that we are receiving of late has definitely increased. However, we hasten to point out that there are steps which can be taken that will reduce the number of calls received.
If not registered with the “Do Not Call List,” do so ASAP. Signing up online can be done by visiting the website: https://www.donotcall.gov. For those without internet access, it is also possible to register by calling 1-888-382-1222.
Also, it should be noted that if an unwanted telephone call is received, it is often possible to indicate to the caller that you wish to be removed from their list. We have discovered that some calls actually, at the very end, provide an opportunity to be removed. And, if that is not the case, anyone who has caller ID can call the number back. When we have done so, we have, in all the cases, been given an opportunity to be removed from the caller’s list. And although it seems to be an ongoing, and very annoying, battle, we do think using all of these options has help reduce the number of unwanted calls that we receive.
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