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Great Weather for…Soliciting?

Well, must be something about 90+ degree days that brings out the solicitors en masse. The last week or two has been one constant barrage of doorbell ringing, accompanied by the not-so-dulcet tones of two frenzied dachshunds who continue to bark for another three or four minutes after I’ve chased off whoever was at the door to trigger their stubby-legged outrage.

I’m trying to write, here, but instead, find myself under constant assault from people of all ages and clothing tastes, trying to sell me home security systems, cemetery plots, life insurance, flood insurance, frozen steaks in bulk all the way from Omaha, and even salvation, or at least their particular concept of what being saved is all about. Doesn’t matter if I tell them I have my own concept, a freezer full of steak (I wish), all the insurance I need (doubtful), a place in the garden set aside for my eternal rest (ha), and plenty of home security, provided by Ankle Biters, Inc. No matter what I tell them, the hits just keep a-comin’! Finally I got smart, and no one has rung my doorbell since. Could it really have been this simple all along?


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11 thoughts on “Great Weather for…Soliciting?

  1. Reblogged this on Who's Your Granny? and commented:

    Who knew this would work?


  2. So going to copy this – word for word and leave it on my door indefinitely.


    • Ha! I knew it was a good idea! And you just confirmed it. After all, if someone with THREE, count ’em, THREE exclamation points after their blog name likes it, how can it be wrong? 😀

      I’ve had this up for a week, and NO ONE has dared ring that doorbell. I’m quite satisfied with those results. 😉 Great to see you, Robyn!


      • LOL – Need to keep tabs on you more often in a week. You always, always make me smile and/or give me a laugh!


        • You never know what you might find over here, that’s for sure, but I understand. There just aren’t enough hours in the week to write as much as I need to, read as much as I want to, and visit all my blog friends as often as would be good for my soul. Oh, how I wish I never had to sleep! The things I could do with those extra hours! 🙂 Glad I made ya smile! Smilin’ is good for what ails ye!


  3. Well done, you!


    • Thanks, SC! Short and sweet…sort of. 🙂 More to the point, it seems to be working, so far. Fingers crossed! It was getting so bad, I was having to put on actual CLOTHES before noon, in case the doorbell rang! (I’d much rather work in my nightgown through at least 2 cups of Earl Grey!) Sheesh.


  4. Ha HA! I get constant interruptions too, though luckily in my case it is phone calls. Lots of sales men from foreign lands trying to sell me something! Have to say, I just hang up can’t be bothered with it!


    • I hang up on those, too, though some of the recorded ones amaze me. They have built in gaps for you to answer, and then they “guess” what your answer will be and reply. Like this:

      Recording: May I speak to Marcia Meara, please?
      ME: Marcia moved to Jupiter.
      Recording: Hi, Mrs. Meara. I’m calling from So and So.
      ME: I hate So and So. I’d never use one of your products. Not even if you paid me in gold bullion.
      Recording: That’s nice. We are having a sale this week.
      ME: YOU aren’t having anything. YOU are a recording. YOU don’t exist.
      Recording: That’s nice. How many So and So’s do you want to order today? It’s Buy One, Get One Free week.
      ME: I have much better conversations with Siri, you know. Do you want me to introduce you?
      Recording: I’m sorry, I didn’t get the number of So and So’s you wished to purchase.
      ME: Click.

      Sometimes I just need a laugh so badly that even making fun of a recorded sales pitch does the trick.



  5. FUNNY! Well, not the reason you needed to post it, but the sign.


    • Glad it made you laugh, Sue! I was tearing my hair out, and I figured this was better than going after them with a baseball bat! 😯 I’m still astounded that it’s doing the job. Yesterday, I saw two teenage girls knocking on doors, and they started up my drive, then stopped, turned around and headed next door. I guess even from the road, they could see the Do Not Disturb bit. Worked for me! 🙂


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