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I once saw on my caller ID that the incoming call was from a construction company. I amswered the phone, "A and D construction, may I help you?" they hung up. that hurt no one, and they were probably off the phone faster then if they ahd started thier script and I had to cut them off.
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It got to the point that the only calls I got on my land line were telemarketing, political, or charity calls. Cancelled the land line and never looked back. haven't had a call from a telemarketer since. Do people still use land lines? I don't think I know anyone these days who has a land line, everyone lives by their cell phones and I use a scanner and the internet to send faxes.
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One thing that does **** me off is this automated dialing device for a collections agency that keeps calling my cell phone. Some chick named Tina gave them the wrong number and I haven't found any way to get back in touch with them to tell them this is the wrong number.
Which begs the question, how would they expect Tina to call and pay her bill?
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On 2012-02-14 17:59, Slide wrote:
It got to the point that the only calls I got on my land line were telemarketing, political, or charity calls. Cancelled the land line and never looked back. haven't had a call from a telemarketer since. Do people still use land lines? I don't think I know anyone these days who has a land line, everyone lives by their cell phones and I use a scanner and the internet to send faxes.


Yup, some of us do actually use land lines. And we DO despise telemarketers interrupting our lives, as you indicated you did when you had YOUR land line. Hence the reason for my original post.

Some of us are actually very fulfilled retirees who aren't on the high wire like some of you younger folks and we still keep our land lines. It's called cheap. And yes, we have cell phones too by golly! But mostly for casual calls while traveling, etc, and with minimal costs and limited minutes of use per month; more than we'll ever use. We don't need to be connected to the world 24/7 and we don't need high cost data charges on special devices that you can phone and text with while you're driving, endangering my life and yours, take pictures with, connect to the Internet, download APPS and any number of things that y'alls do with these things. Don't get me wrong, technology is great and you busy folks need these things; but I don't. Simple as that.
What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

My neighbor rang my doorbell at 2:30 a.m. this morning, can you believe that, 2:30 a.m.!? Lucky for him I was still up playing my drums.
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I simply say: Thank God you're sellinging something! I thought you were another bill collecter!
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"Some of us are actually very fulfilled retirees who aren't on the high wire like some of you younger folks and we still keep our land lines. It's called cheap. And yes, we have cell phones too by golly! But mostly for casual calls while traveling, etc, and with minimal costs and limited minutes of use per month; more than we'll ever use. We don't need to be connected to the world 24/7 and we don't need high cost data charges on special devices that you can phone and text with while you're driving, endangering my life and yours, take pictures with, connect to the Internet, download APPS and any number of things that y'alls do with these things. Don't get me wrong, technology is great and you busy folks need these things; but I don't. Simple as that."

I think my link wasn't right. Here is the link I meant to post: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N2E93VzQSA
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"Some of us are actually very fulfilled retirees who aren't on the high wire like some of you younger folks and we still keep our land lines. It's called cheap. And yes, we have cell phones too by golly! But mostly for casual calls while traveling, etc, and with minimal costs and limited minutes of use per month; more than we'll ever use. We don't need to be connected to the world 24/7 and we don't need high cost data charges on special devices that you can phone and text with while you're driving, endangering my life and yours, take pictures with, connect to the Internet, download APPS and any number of things that y'alls do with these things. Don't get me wrong, technology is great and you busy folks need these things; but I don't. Simple as that."

I think my link wasn't right. Here is the link I meant to post: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N2E93VzQSA



You'll get there one day sonny. I hope you're fortunate enough to be able to retire at fifty-nine like I did.
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Well I'm 58, and an entrepreneur and I never plan on retiring. I'm having too much fun starting businesses. Every day I get up and have an impact on the world. Next week I'm being honored with an industry award and my industry is getting together to throw a birthday bash for me (turn 58 next tuesday).

Never understood the idea of retiring. Retire from what? Having the time of my life?

I actually do feel for people that have worked a job all their life that they hate so much they can't wait to retire. I've always done exactly what I wanted and what I loved. I'll retire when they throw the first spade of dirt on me.
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I deal with telemarketers by pretending that I can't hear them. Every time they try to speak I ask "Hello?", "Anyone there?", "Is this a dirty call?", "At least say something, even if it's filthy!".

They get the message soon enough.
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Well I'm 58, and an entrepreneur and I never plan on retiring. I'm having too much fun starting businesses. Every day I get up and have an impact on the world. Next week I'm being honored with an industry award and my industry is getting together to throw a birthday bash for me (turn 58 next tuesday).

Never understood the idea of retiring. Retire from what? Having the time of my life?

I actually do feel for people that have worked a job all their life that they hate so much they can't wait to retire. I've always done exactly what I wanted and what I loved. I'll retire when they throw the first spade of dirt on me.


Touchy touchy! Must have struck a nerve. Don't feel sorry for me Sonny. I loved my work but after thirty very successful years in management and reaching the executive ranks for a major, major corporation, I decided it was time to enjoy my freedom and wanderlust while I was still young enough to do it. I sincerely I hope you're having as much fun enjoying your passions (I know, I know, your work is your passion) as I am with mine (too varied and probably boring to you), living a life of leisure and not having anyone to answer to. Ahhh, life is good.
What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

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We agree there. I've been my own boss since August of 2000. Nothing like it. I also play music live a couple of nights a week, so work is not the only passion. And for course card magic is its own passion.

I was never one for the corporate life. I only worked at one large corporation and never loved the bureaucracy.
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Corporate life is about competence and politics. Unfortunately sometimes incompetents get promoted for political reasons but competent folks also get promoted for the right reasons as well. Just like in real politics. I was in the latter. I was able to adapt, play the game and I was very good at what I did. Still, at 59, having lived in Europe, Asia and much of the US and having a very good run, I had a wonderful opportunity to retire with full benefits for life (because I WAS good at what I did). I seized the moment. Never looked back and wouldn't change a thing.

I also admire entrepreueurs. It takes guts and risk-taking to do what you do, especially when making the transition in midlife. I congratulate you and all the other entrepreneurs out there for becoming your own bosses. I can imigine the thrill of that. But do think of retiring one day, no matter how much you love your work. There's a whole world out there waiting for you. Smile
What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

My neighbor rang my doorbell at 2:30 a.m. this morning, can you believe that, 2:30 a.m.!? Lucky for him I was still up playing my drums.
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As a performer and a writer I could never even imagine retiring. What I do I don't consider to be a job. It's who I am.
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Thanks Bob1Dog. I got a lot of that out of my system earlier: during my 20's I played music professionally in places like Austin Tx and traveled to France just to write for 6 months (the great american novel). My 30's I came to New York to be a painter and had some one man shows in the east village. Got involved in 3d animation on the ground floor and became a well known writer on 3d especially when 3d technologies came to the web. That let me travel to Japan, Australia, Brazil, Holland, Sweden to speak around the world. For a while I designed video games for a living. My first company I started in 1993 and we put a deal together with Microsoft but it fell through and the company failed. In 1999 I tried again and was successful enough with a nonprofit that I could quit my day job. August of 2000 I started an internet company right after the internet bust but the business thrived. Next business I raised 8 million bucks (my first VC backed company) and the company is still the leader in its space. Been at it ever since. In the last year and a half I've launched 4 websites and will be launching 2 more this year. I look at business like an art project. Like Mr. Cassidy, it is who I am and the thought of retiring is not something I would entertain. I've had an amazing life, did everything I wanted, and I have no regrets. While never a star, I've had success being a musician, a writer, an artist and a business person. It has been a very well lived life.
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Slide, you're having an impressive run as well. You the entrepreneur and me the corporate hack. Two fullfilling lives a hundred eighty degrees apart. Magic has always been an interest of mine from the time I was an adolescent. But I didn't have the time or make the time to practice at it. Now I perform magic for kids and I'm having the time of my life. The charm ia that I don't need the money and much of my work is for those who can't pay for it. At 64, it doesn't get much better than that. That's what I am. That's the beauty of life, we can be whatever we want to be, all we have to do is do it... if we really want to.
What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

My neighbor rang my doorbell at 2:30 a.m. this morning, can you believe that, 2:30 a.m.!? Lucky for him I was still up playing my drums.
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Nursing homes appreciate volunteer entertainment as well, FYI.
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I know, I do them too. I performed for my 88-year-old mother and all the residents on her floor in 2010 when she was in a nursing home. She had never seen me perform before. After she passed away, I did two more shows for them and one of them combined a kid's show for the kids that were doing projects with the seniors on the same day. It was wonderful with the kids and the seniors in the same room. Like I said, it just doesn't get better than that.
What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

My neighbor rang my doorbell at 2:30 a.m. this morning, can you believe that, 2:30 a.m.!? Lucky for him I was still up playing my drums.
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Right on.
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So Bob1, I have to ask. When you were working at that corporation, I assume it had a sales team. Did they do cold calls?
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