We just got a home (land line) phone. We haven’t had one in over 9 months. Suddenly I am reminded why I disliked having one in the first place. In the last 2 months I have talked to more telemarketers and “bill” collectors (I’m not in debt) than ever before.
The other day I answered the phone. It was a guy named Daniel something arather… Didn’t catch the last name. Definatly not from America… The conversation went as follows:
him: "Heelo, this is Daniel … Is Traaayccee … availible?"
me: "No sir, I’m sorry she’s not."
him: "Oh well, I will talk to you then ma’am. I am from an afiliate of dish network. I have a new plan that I think might intrest you…"
He paused and I rudely interuppted him.
“I’m sorry sir, we don’t need any tv providers.”
“You don’t want a television plan?”
“No, you see, we don’t really even have a TV”
“well, we do. But we rarely ever watch it. Maybe once every few months.”
“What?!? You are an American, and you do not watch TV???” You could hear the incredulity in his voice.
“Yes, I am an American and I do not watch tv.”
“oh… well… thank you for your time. I am sorry to bother you…”
This is a real life, true story that happened to me last Tuesday. Is “tv” really synonymous with “American”? What other words are synonymous with “tv” and are therefore associated with us? Man, it bothers me to think that this is the case… What are your thoughts on it?