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Libris Craft
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Talk to a Telemarketer by Libris Craft

August 28th, 2012 12:28 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: Try to find out what their name is, where they're from, what sort of problems they're having in their life. Get to know them, if you can. Enjoy the telemarketing experience as a way to communicate with someone, rather than being annoyed by it.

This was either the second, or third task that I signed up for, and it sat forlornly in my list of tasks for months. I don't have a land-line phone, and I'd registered my phone on the do-not-call list years ago. Telemarketers are few and far between. However, the idea of making an effort to make a connection to a stranger doing a thankless job appealed to me. So I signed up.

And my phone ringing became much more exciting. I would answer numbers I didn't recognize hoping to have my moment. One called, about a month in, but I was driving, and couldn't talk. Another time, it was a robot. I considered talking to the robot, but I couldn't seem to make a connection.

Finally, on Thursday, my phone rang. I was in bed (I'd been sick all day, and refused to get out of bed to answer the phone, so I moved it to my nightstand,) curled up with a favorite book. The worst of the illness was past, and I had a cup of tea.

I didn't even look, to see who it was, I just answered it. I started to smile, as the young man on the other end of phone began to tell me about the wonderful travel deals he wanted to offer me. I let him finish his introduction, and then I asked how he was doing. He seemed very surprised that I asked. He said he was doing fine, and asked me how I was. I told him about my book, and my tea, and that he had caught me at a good time. He told me some more about the travel deal, and I asked him what else was going on in his life. He told me it was really strange that I was asking that, and I confessed that it was part of a "real life scavenger hunt" (my second favorite explanation for SF0 after "art project"). So we talked.

Kalab lives in Springfield, Missouri. He grew up in a small town nearby, and as soon as he finishes his general education requirements, he plans to transfer into a program in Ethobotany. He told me he was fascinated in the interactions over time between people, plants, and the environment. He has a kind-of girlfriend, who he is not sure if he wants to date, or if he wants to date at all.

We had a lovely conversation, and while I didn't buy his travel deal, I think our conversation might have been the highlight of his evening.

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posted by Kattapa on August 29th, 2012 2:41 AM

It's absolutely great that you did this, you probably made someone's day. (Or at least given him a very interesting experience.)

By the way, "art project" is usually also my super summary explanation for anything weird.

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posted by Amoeba Man on August 29th, 2012 4:54 AM

Mine too!

And good work on the task. I'd do this if I ever got a call from a telemarketer. But I only get robots. Also, good to hear that this young fella has plans to go into environmental science. We need people like that- even if they are telemarketers :)