Cold Calling At Its Finest

Dovetailing nicely with David’s post about Prop 8, I recently received a phone call:

Me: Hello?

Woman: Yes, I’m a neighbor of yours here in Anaheim Hills, and I was calling to ask if we can count on your vote for Proposition 8.

Me: (suddenly scared of my neighbors) What exactly is the wording on this proposition?

Woman: It is an amendment to California’s state constitution to make sure that marriage stays between a man and a woman only.

Me: No.

Her: What?

Me: No, I will not vote in favor of that.

Her: Uh, what about your husband?

Me: No, he won’t either. 

Her: Uh, ok, uh, let me just look through my paperwork here (sounds of shuffling) I just started doing this, so I’m a little new.

Her: Oh, yes, uh, it says here that gay people would be allowed to adopt a child from a Church-based institution, and that institution wouldn’t be able to do a thing to stop it!

Me: I think that if a child has an opportunity to be adopted by a loving, stable family, I’m all for it.

Her: (click)

Yup, she hung up on me.

I was annoyed.

Not because she hung up on me, but because I hadn’t yet gotten to the part about Mary Cheney being gay and having a baby, and how did she feel about that? I was curious. In a neighborly way and all.

Dang.  I knew I should have thrown that out there sooner.

5 Comments so far

  1. stunder on October 7th, 2008 @ 10:38 am

    Mine went more like this…

    Ring Ring…

    Me: Hello

    Caller: I was calling to ask if we can count on your vote for Proposition 8.

    Me: No…

    Caller: Why will you not be supporting it.

    Me: You called me and asked me to support it. I did not ask for your call and I could go either way on the bill (even though I planned on a NO vote I just wanted to make them mad). Your call just made up my mind and I am now 100% against it.


  2. Maria (ocmaria) on October 7th, 2008 @ 11:01 am

    Dangit, where’s MY phonecall??!

  3. Gina (oc_gina) on October 7th, 2008 @ 11:07 am

    Ack, stunder, you left us hanging! I need to know the ending!

  4. jupiter on October 7th, 2008 @ 9:32 pm

    We don’t answer our phone–they get screened through the answering machine–so, no call for me. However, there was a group of people at the corner of Alicia and Muirlands (Mission Viejo) that had Pro Proposition 8 signs. I was confused because one of the signs said something like "parents choice" (or something to that effect). I thought to myself, "WTF, I thought Prop 8 was the anti gay marriage proposition–what the heck does parent’s choice have to do with gay marriage?!?!? Prop 8 must be something else that I hadn’t heard about yet (at about 6:00 p.m. on November 4 with a scotch and my California Voters Handbook to read, decide and then vote in the time allotted) I think I understand now. We’ve got a month to go and I’m already highly annoyed.

    Have you read about this: (
    The first part of the story is here: (

  5. frazgo on October 9th, 2008 @ 11:43 am

    Great post.
    I hate their presumption they can call and expect us to agree. Ha.
    I actually miss the days my kids were toddlers. I’d get those inane calls and turn the phone over to them and the caller would be stuck with their cute-as-all-hell "hi" over and over and over. If they hung up I didn’t just to keep their line tied up.

    I’m a stinker that way.

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