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Hard Things
Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently?

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From: rhodielady_47 Date: May 18th, 2016 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
The only thing I'm really proud of this week has been my self-restraint during several "windows calls" and these nuts trying to do public opinion surveys--right when I'm trying to cook supper.
I still wonder how I've managed not to rip the house phone right out of the wall!
kyleri From: kyleri Date: May 18th, 2016 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are days I wish we'd gone right from telegraphs to texting. :/
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 18th, 2016 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)


I loathe phones. I always have. They've gone from emotionally unpleasant, to reception so bad I can barely understand the words, to actively stabbing me in the ears. >_<

I have zero interest in texting on phones either. My preferred mode of long-distance communication is email. I love email! We can talk as long as we want, and it leaves a written record in case we need to revisit the discussion later. :D And I'm typing on a regular keyboard.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: May 18th, 2016 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Amen to that!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 18th, 2016 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)


I wish that bothering people over the phone like that was illegal. The only reason it's legal is because people with money want to do it to people who can't stop them. Supposedly there are no-call lists but companies often ignore those.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: May 18th, 2016 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *hugs*

The crooks don't pay any attention to the no-call lists either. We regularly get calls from what's known as the "Indian IRS" who pretend to be with the real IRS.
I begin to understand why so many people are having the house phones taken out of their houses.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 18th, 2016 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *hugs*


A linguist friend pointed out another dangerous effect: if most or all of a person's experiences with Indian-accented English have been with telephone harassers or unhelpful customer service lines, what's going to happen when they go to the emergency room and the nurses/doctors have that same accent and cultural pattern? Bad things happen.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: May 18th, 2016 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *hugs*

You are absolutely right.
johnpalmer From: johnpalmer Date: June 6th, 2016 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *hugs*

From my understanding, most of the calls you get today aren't phone calls but are dialed using Skype-style technology. Because the criminals aren't on physical phone lines themselves, the relevant regulations re: do not call are probably not sufficient to outlaw the DNC violation.

Now, I do agree that telemarketing's win with regulators, saying that their right to pester you is more important than your right to do with your own property as you please, was a big sign of change in the US - a time when a great annoyance won regardless of the court of public opinion because they had money (and not that much, relatively speaking - not like oil or tobacco).
filkferengi From: filkferengi Date: May 24th, 2016 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've begun excavating & cataloging the larger size anthologies. Listing all the authors is a major pain in the urs [to quote Bill Sutton's song "Stray Dog Man"], but will be very useful later. Sometimes I even remember to dust before cataloging [to minimize coughing & sneezing; being bronchitis-prone is a legacy of my beloved-but-smoking mom].
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 25th, 2016 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)


Good luck with that. Books are awesome.
filkferengi From: filkferengi Date: May 25th, 2016 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

Yeah, but my house habitually runneth over with awesome I'll never get around to reading. As one gets older, one counts opportunity costs. Say a book takes a day to read. Then it takes a second day to get caught up on what I got behind on while reading. There's so much groovy stuff online, I don't read nearly the number of physical books I used to.
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