I really feel sorry for the folks who work at any kind of telemarketing or telephone research. Trying to find people willing to participate must be a drag. One of the reason I know this is true, is because when you answer the phone, they let go with a very fast and rather garbled spiel, hoping to get out a lot of information before the callee hangs up! Often it leads to some real confusion.
Case in point:
(Last night. Telephone ringing.)
ME: (Not sure what I was hearing) Excuse me?
CALLER: Hello mynameisJohn and I'mcallingonbehalf ofthe...(mumblemumble)....ResearchInstitue. I'mconductinga surveyon...(mumblemumble)...MayIask forafewminutes ofyourtime?
ME: (Still not sure of what he was saying) I'm sorry, but what firm are you from?
ME: (Interrupting) Did you say the "Sexual" Research Institute?
CALLER: Oh no, no, no! No, ma'am. The "CENTRAL" Research Institute!
ME: Oh! Well, darn, now I don't know if I should be relieved or disappointed!! (laughing!)
CALLER: (Whoop of laughter!) I'm sorry (giggling) for the confusion. (still giggling). Would you be able to spare a few minutes?
ME: (Laughing too) Oh Sure, have at it!
CALLER: First question: How often would you say you voted in the Republican Primary Election? Always, Frequently, Occasionally, or Never?
ME: NEVER!! (Me, a Republican??? Ha!)
CALLER: Thank you for your time! (Hang up.)
Well, phooey! I probably would have had a better time with a Sexual Survey!!