I would estimate that 2/3 of the calls I get are from people trying to sell me things I neither need nor want. Of those, over half are outsourcing services. Of the remainder, recruiters are over half.
There are also people who call me for their services once a week. There’s one particular outsourcing firm whose name is burned into my brain because of the number of times I’ve been subjected to it. I don’t know how to spell their name, but I can sure pronounce it. There’s also a recruiting firm that I know well, too. Each of these people I have asked to take me off their list, asked to talk to supervisors, talked to supervisors, yelled at them, ranted at them, and finally sworn at them, and yet I still get my weekly call.
As I was doing office stuff a few moments ago, I played a voicemail, and it was from my friends at Hadron Infotech, letting me know about their services just in case I have (a) developed a need I didn’t have last week and (b) forgot their name. (One of my rants included telling them that when I do need such services, they will be the last people I call and sadly for them, I have no trouble remembering their name.)
Since I was doing office stuff, I let the message drone on, and got the litany of things they can do for me including, Java, Jay-mumble-E, Dot-Net, Pee-Haitch-Pee, AJAX, Perl, Ruby on Trains, updating your web site, ….
Wait a minute. Did he say what I thought he said? Ruby on what? I ran over to my computer, backed up the player, and … Yes! Ruby on Trains! How delightful!
I’m still laughing. I hope you are, too. Maybe I’ll get another laugh next week.