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Another Joe Story

Another Joe Story

*Warning! Before proceeding, beware that this is a continued rant.

We have caller ID back on our land line. Perhaps because I called the company complaining about how high our bill was on a service we didn’t really need or use, but had to have bundled with our internet costs so we could even afford that. Caller ID was the little incentive we were given to placate – that and a tiny discount of $6.00 less per month on our bill –I’ll try not to spend that all in one placemaybe I should have asked for it to be retroactive. I’ll wait them out a few months and then call back. It always depends on who you get on the other end.

With caller ID activated I can now see who I’m not answering to. H, on the other hand, tends to answer all calls no matter what the display reads, thinking one may be important. I tell him they will leave a message if it’s important…and sometimes they will leave one if it’s not.

I’ve come to realize ID doesn’t live up to its original purpose. Most of the numbers lighting up our handset are from our area code and more often than not they actually show up with a name or even a business attached, trying to convince us that an old friend or business may be trying to get in touch.

I voiced my concern about this deceitfulness one day and my daughter mentioned to me that she recently had a ten-minute phone conversation about phone spoofing with someone she didn’t even know. Her call went something like this:



Caller…..Hi. I just missed a call from this number.

Jessie…..From this number? I didn’t call you. Are you sure?

Caller…..Ooohhh. They’ve got your number.

The caller went on to explain how telemarketers use this spoofing technique.

Evidently, it’s called spoofing when a caller has the ability of having a different number show up, on your caller ID, other than from the number he’s actually calling from. I’m not sure exactly how this is done and I don’t see any need to learn that talent, however, you can read about it here.

You can block those numbers till the cows come home, but there is always a new number available. Joe has a multitude of alias’s but the bottom line is – on the other end of the line, it’s always Joe. He/she peddles anything from medical equipment, to extended car warranties, to free cruises for you and yours. Right now we are being bombarded with offers of a second mortgage on our home – a home we don’t even have a first mortgage on. Running a close second is an extended warranty on a vehicle that is no longer in our possession.

Joe first showed up a couple of years ago in my most widely read story – A Telemarketer Nightmare. And then later he appeared in When Is Free, Free? If he is being paid for each and every connection he makes he is well on his way to wealthy. Evidently, he’s not ready for retirement anytime soon.

I often wonder what these people are really like who have jobs as telemarketers and do they make enough money out of being rude and obnoxious to live on? Is there not a better job for them out there somewhere instead of one that rudely interrupts people’s lives with empty promises and useless junk?

Tsk…tsk…tsk…tsk. Will Joe ever learn to take no as an answer?



History Lessons and Rose Colored Glasses

History Lessons and Rose Colored Glasses

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award was established in 1954 to honor books published in the U.S. that have a big impact on children’s literature. What an honor this must have been to Laura and her family! Having passed away in 1957, she is not around to witness the horror of what is going on in the world today concerning this award and other choice pieces of history.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was the first recipient of this award and her name has now been striped from the award and as the first recipient. The Association for Library Service to Children says the award will now be known as the Children’s Literature Legacy Award.

Of the many articles I have read of this decision, it was made based on the fact that most critics say her books include stereotypical and reductive depictions of Native Americans and people of color.

I grew up reading the beloved stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Many of you did. Did you feel insulted by the content? Not me. I believe this feeling of books or statues or whatever else can be picked at as causing insult is just a way of others having their voices heard.  Then the media takes it and runs with it and there you have it! Mayhem.

Are we going to ban the Little House books from our children’s reading lists? Will the famed Little House on the Prairie tv series reruns now be cancelled?

Will Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn be struck from history? Will Hemingway’s books be banned from libraries because of some of his beliefs? We’ve already started removing statues and crosses from public properties because someone, somewhere was insulted.

Who are these people who demand these decisions about our history  be changed or hidden away? Do they want to view our world through rose-colored glasses? If we had known then what we know now history would have been different. But we didn’t, so they aren’t, and no amount of erasing history will change the past, present, or future for our children. History cannot be swept under the rug or hidden like a skeleton in the closet. It is what it is.

The Little House books were published between 1932 and 1943 and were based on Wilder’s childhood in a settler and pioneer family. People thought differently. They lived differently. We have learned from our parents past mistakes as will our children learn from ours. Lets not make cutting history from the record books be one of our mistakes.

Here are a few links on articles written about this sad decision. Google Laura Ingalls Wilder in the news for more.

Read about Wilder’s life and accomplishments here.


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