Thursday, September 10, 2009

Writer's Workshop

Mama Kat has some great prompts this week for her Writer's Workshop at

Head on over and pick a prompt to write on.

I picked 2 this week:
5.) Transcribe a recent entertaining conversation you recently had with someone.

We keep getting calls for couple of people who we've never heard of. The calls started 2 weeks ago. These people have been putting our phone number on forms and, if the number of calls from collection agencies is any indication, they owe someone a lot of money. The most recent call was Tuesday.
I answered the phone and a message comes on:
CA (Collection Agency)- Please hold for a very important call...........Bad musak plays.
CA- Yes, hello, is Carl Someone there?
Me- No, there is no one by that name at this number.
CA- Do you know how I can reach him?
Me- No, I've never hear of this person.
CA- Then how did he get your number?
Me- My guess is he must have just given a random number and just to let you know, this is the 3rd call I've gotten this week.
CA- Then you have heard of him before?
Me- No, not until I started getting calls for him. I'm also getting calls for another woman who has given out my phone number as well.
CA- Do they know each other?
Me- Since I've never heard of either of them before I got these phone calls, I have no idea.
CA- So you don't know these people?
Me- NO!!!!!!!
CA- Ok, I'll take your number off of this file then.
Me- Thank you so much.
CA- May I leave my number with you in case he contacts you.
Me- NO! Why would he contact me if he is making up a phone numbner to use to steal money or services he has no intention of paying for. My guess is if he gave a fake number, he gave a fake name and address too!!!!!!!!!!!! He's not going to call me!!!!!!
CA- Fine! and hung up!

What the heck!!! Can you say without a clue?????

1.) What does marriage mean to you?

Marriage to me means a relationship where both people give 110% to the other person. It means putting their needs before your needs, or trying to most of the time, and providing a safe, loving, and supportive place for them to be. If both people in the marriage do this then it is a beautiful thing, with both people getting what they need. The really big problems arise when one person becomes selfish and begins to think of their needs and their needs alone above all else. (Think about the person who prompted this prompt.) When this happens, the marriage relationship falls apart leaving destruction in its wake. I am sure that many will argue with this simplistic view on marital bliss but when I look back over the 28 years that I have been married to my wonderful husband, I can see clearly that the only times we have had problems is when selfish motivations were involved. Selflessness over selfishness is the key to a happy marriage. I also believe that a strong faith in Christ strengthens the commitment to a marriage and the vows until death do you part.

18 comments:

Gigi said...

LOL. Love the conversation; I had one similar not too long ago when someone called me thinking I was a window company. When I told him he had the wrong number he said, but you USED to be a window company? Nope, you have the wrong number. But . . . oh you are NOT a window company? Duh!

mudmama said...

what a great idea, inspiring! Thanks so much for visiting and viewing my trailer, I am getting excited thanks! write on! ;)

Foursons said...

HA! Love the phone conversation! Classic.

And now I need to go see who prompted the marriage prompt so I can get the low-down. Love me some gossip!

Foursons said...

Duh. Jon Gosselin. I don't need to read anything. I GET IT. I'm a little slow today- sorry.

Charlene said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Your conversation is kind of funny but I think I would have lost my patience with that guy. People can be so dumb sometimes!

June Freaking Cleaver said...

I had the exact same experience with numerous calls to our number for some man I'd never heard of before. It's aggravating...but they did eventually stop.

And you're right...marriage isn't 50/50, it's 100/100 (or in your post, 110/110).

minor catastrophes said...

Married 28 years with five kids? Now that is something to be proud of! Your words about selflessness are worth keeping :)

Stopped by from mamakat's!

angie said...

I love your thoughts on marriage, and that sucks about the extra phone calls looking for a debtor. :)

Foursons said...

Wow, thanks for all the comment love you left me on my blog! And double thanks for following! I'm thrilled to have you along for the ride!

Carolina said...

Those bill collectors were calling us, too. And we have been living at this address and have had our current phone number for 22 years. The people who lived here before us were here about 15 years, but the collection agency was looking for the man who lived in this house before that, at least 37 years ago. When I mentioned it to my husband he reminded me he answered a call for the same guy about 10 years ago, so at least the bill collectors haven't been too troublesome.

You can find mr response to Mama Kat HERE).

Carolina said...

Those bill collectors were calling us, too. And we have been living at this address and have had our current phone number for 22 years. The people who lived here before us were here about 15 years, but the collection agency was looking for the man who lived in this house before that, at least 37 years ago. When I mentioned it to my husband he reminded me he answered a call for the same guy about 10 years ago, so at least the bill collectors haven't been too troublesome.

You can find my response to Mama Kat HERE).

Unknown Mami said...

I've had very similar conversations. What I don't understand is why this man keeps giving out my phone #. Couldn't he share the love and give out different #'s.

LinLori said...

Oh, my gosh, the conversation was HILARIOUS! I've so been there, done that. Once with a phone number in WA and again with my new cell phone number!

I also agree about marriage. My husband and I have only been married for four years this November, but I can plainly see the fights we've had have been caused by selfishness.

What a wonderful post - thank you for stopping by my blog, because I'm so glad I found yours!

Suzanne said...

And I love your response to the marriage question. My thoughts exactly!

Cole said...

Growing up our number was one digit different from the local livestock feed store so we got calls all the time asking what the price of grain was or if we had any chickens in stock. It was ridiculous!

I completely agree with you about marriage! Being selfish becomes a habit with so many people and ruins marriages.

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

Great post!!!

Speaking of telephone conversations like that. When telemarketers call here I just break out the pots and pans and start banging them in the phone. YEP, I DO!

CJ Sime said...

Isn't that the worst?! We have a collection agency looking for someone we've never met before.

My favorite line is "So you've heard of him before?"

sidenote: thank you for stopping by my blog!

Michelle said...

That is hilarious. I have the same problem with my phone number, except the person was definitely Spanish speaking, which makes getting off those lists harder. the conversations are at least shorter though! I'm sure you'll be having several more of those conversations yet to come. Good luck!