Calling about services

The phone rings. The woman on the line wants to speak to Mr. Estrin or Mrs. Estrin.

I consider explaining that my wife decided to keep her name, but it doesn’t matter; the telemarketer continues.

“Mr. Estrin,” she says. “I’m just calling to see if we can offer you any services, any services at all.”

“Can you be more specific?”

“Sorry, I mean contracting services.”

“Contracting?”

“Yes, like home contractors, you know what I mean?”

“Not really. I don’t even know who you are.”

“Oh. I forgot to say, I’m calling from Home Depot.”

“I’ve heard of Home Depot!”

“That’s great!”

“But I don’t need a contractor.”

“But we have a lot of services to offer.”

“Ok, but I’m the do-not-call list, so I don’t really care.”

“Oh… I guess I better go.”

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