The Phone Book Cometh

We got another phonebook on the porch this morning.  This is the fourth phonebook we’ve gotten in the last two weeks.  It also follows a flurry of phonebook deliveries the first of the year.  Apparently, the annual phone listing updates are now occurring bi-annually, and we’re getting more books, more often – even though we haven’t asked for them, ordered them or even want them.  Mom suggested this would be a good time to weed out the old phone books until Bill reminded her that the ones we have are only two-weeks old since we weeded out then.

“At least we don’t get a lot of door-to-door salesmen here” she continued. ” That’s one of the benefits of living in Sun City.  They just seem to stay away.”

“Oh,” replied Bill.  “I guess you’re not including all the roofing companies that have descended on us like locust since February.”

“Well,” she answered, “besides them we don’t get anyone else.”

“What about all the landscapers” I asked.

“Oh, they just want to trim the trees.  Besides them, we don’t get anyone else.”

“What about the handymen.  I bet Bill and I have turned away a dozen just this year.”

“They just want to paint the house.  That’s how I did it before.  Someone came to the door and offered to paint.”

“OK,” I said, “but our house is newly painted.  And we have new windows.  And we haven’t got trees to trim since we put in the desert landscaping.”

“At least we don’t get a lot of the religious people coming to the door,” she said.  “That’s a good thing.”

“That because you never answer the door, Mom” Bill responded.  “I’ve turned away Mormons, Baptist and last week there was a van full of Jehovah’s Witnesses that swarmed the neighborhood.  But other than that, I guess we don’t get any religious people coming to the door.”

“That’s right,” she answered, somewhat smugly.  “Just like I said.  We don’t have to worry about being bothered by people coming to the door.”

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