WHEW!!! America, you can now reclaim your TVs, Radios and Telephones!

As you all know, I absolutely refuse to be political on the blog.  Totally.  NO politics!

But his isn’t about politics.  This is about peace and quiet. 

Shhhhhh!!!   Seriously.  Hear that? 

That’s the blessed sound of the phone NOT ringing with another auto-dialed call known as a RoboCall.

No matter what your politics, you have to be as tired as I am of the aforementioned robocalls, the pamphlets, the endless ads and yammering about who did what, when where and how and to whom.  Oh.  My.  Gosh. 

Yesterday, well after I went to register my vote, I got – I’m not joking – EIGHTEEN paper flyers about varying issues.  On Voting Day.  That doesn’t count what came in over the weekend.   I could build a house with all the trees those ads axed, and that’s just what came to MY house!

I cannot tell you how annoying it got around here.  I know it must have been worse in the so-called swing states like Ohio, Virginia and Florida.  If the flood of I-hate-X-candidate, and I-endorse-Y-issue were overwhelming HERE, I hate to think about what they were like in states where things were far more contentious.  I stopped answering my phone – even calls from New York! – if I didn’t recognize the number.  If it didn’t have a name I recognized attached to it, I stopped answering it.

And yes, I AM on the do not call list.  Evidently these folks are exempt.  Eeek!

In ignoring the phone, I did miss a few calls from parents of my sons’ friends, and missed a few deals at my local store because I didn’t take a call.   My son missed out on a play-date or two.  But I didn’t care.  I also deleted the messages the minute I figured out they were from someone I didn’t know.

Last night as I wrote this, I put on show tunes, studied swords for a story idea I’m mulling, and sang “Swing Your Razor High, Sweeney!” and “Have a Little Priest” in sheer pique at the blast of pseudo-news that surrounded not only the presidential race, but the local issues.  In my community, there were so many hot-button issues to drive the robo-calls on THOSE issues, much less the presidency, that I really did just HAD to turn it allllll off. 

When my husband came home from work and wanted to turn on the news, I made him shut the door so I couldn’t hear it and put on a DVD of the Avengers.  I turned it up really loud, btw.  I’d rather watch Loki try to blow up the world with alien space goons than deal with the speculation, vitriol and constant overload involved in election results, especially before anything could possibly report in.

PLEASE let me go back to blowing stuff up.  Please let me write.  Or work.  Or whatever it is I do, without the phone ringing incessently!!

*POOF! Wish granted!*

Ahhhhhh!  Quiet!!

Blessed Quiet.  I am so heartily grateful that this election cycle is over!  Hallelujah!!

If you’re in the US, did you get incessant robocalls in your area? Do you hate them as much as I do?

If you’re outside the US, do your elections get this heated and crazy?  Do you get the robocalls where you are?  Are they even legal anywhere but the US?

Did your country cover our election?

Without going into the political views, are you glad it’s over?

And now that there is peace and quiet, what are you going to do with all the spare time you’ll have not tweeting, FB-ing, and watching all the election coverage!?!

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55 thoughts on “WHEW!!! America, you can now reclaim your TVs, Radios and Telephones!

  1. 1
    Helen says:

    Is he coming to my place to visit?

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • 1.1
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Good morning Helen!! (Well, it’s afternoon in Aus, but hey….)

      Glad Jayden and Hayley will have the chook to chase. Now that the election is over, it’ll be good to get back to “normal” news, like what’s going on ’round here, rather than all the craziness.

      And cricket’s starting? Well! I’ll have to get that article back out and see if I can figure that game OUT! Ha!

    • 1.2
      Caren Crane says:

      Helen, enjoy the chook today!

  2. 2
    Fedora says:

    Yes, he is, Helen! He’s also probably enjoying the escape from the election news ;)

    Happy this is over, Jeanne! No more having to avoid certain topics or Facebook :) Yay! And may our nation’s leaders be blessed with wisdom and courage to do what is needed!

    • 2.1
      Jeanne Adams says:

      You said it, Fedora! I try not to post my views anywhere. I figured everyone was getting enough of that from the TV. And there’s always disagreement. I don’t need it on Facebook too! Hahaha!

      Now, back to interesting stuff, like LOLCats! SNORK!

  3. 3
    Helen says:

    Jeanne

    Here in Australia we don’t get these phone calls but heaps of pamhplets and heaps on the radio and TV and like you I ignore most of it LOL, and am forever grateful when the election is over.

    And yes they have covered your election campain here in Australia as well every news coverage has something about it and all the radio stations as well and so many people have been posting stuff on facebook as well.

    Yep glad it is over and I will get back to quiet reading and here in Oz the first cricket test of the season starts on Friday between South Africa and Australia up in Queensland and I am looking forward to that.

    The GR can spend sometime with Jayden and Hayley this evening as they are here for dinner

    Enjoy your peace and quiet Jeanne
    Have Fun
    Helen

    • 3.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Helen, you’re so lucky not to get the phone calls! I have to say, most of the calls I got were from actual people and most were asking me to help campaign in some way. Those were not as bad, but it’s hard when they call my cell phone and my house and my husband’s cell, each twice a day. Oy!

      Be glad you are not subjected to it, though it sounds like Australia’s elections are no treat!

  4. 4
    Jane says:

    Hi Jeanne,
    I’m so happy that the election is over and I won’t have to those ads that run during my favorite shows. We hardly get any robocalls. I guess we should be thankful for that.

    • 4.1
      Jeanne Adams says:

      I so agree, Jane! I was recording EVERYTHING – even stuff I normally watch right on the time it airs – just so I could fast forward through the commercials! :> So glad I can get back to it in “real time”!

  5. 5
    Mary Preston says:

    Here in Australia the US election got big coverage.

    It’s not as crazy here during an election thank goodness.

    • 5.1
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Mary! I’m so glad ya’ll are spared the nuttiness we go through when your elections come around. :>

      I’m always astounded about the coverage of our politics around the world. I like to turn to BBC News and it was just as full of US Politics as the local news was.

      I guess that’s the global economy!

  6. 6
    Anna Sugden says:

    I’m with you, Jeanne! Thankfully, we only get leaflets and the occasional person knocking on your door – no robocalls. Though we used to get them when we lived in NJ! Even when we explained to various authorities that we weren’t allowed to vote because we weren’t citizens or even residents! *uggh*

    The thing I hate most of all is the nastiness – it’s why I watch very few reality TV shows. I don’t need that kind of bitchiness in my life, you know?!

    Now, if only the hockey stand-off could be fixed!

    • 6.1
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Anna! Amen on the hockey lock out! I SO wish they could get that sorted and get back on the ice. I miss my Caps!

      I’m glad you don’t have the robocalls. Oh, they are SO annoying! Leaflets are bad enough. There were so many this year, just flyer after flyer after flyer. Astonishing.

      The ad agencies and ad sales folks made a MINT in this election cycle. Yikes.

    • 6.2
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Also meant to say that I’m there with you on the nastiness. That tends to make me not want to vote for ANYONE. :>

      I was kinda snickering to myself, thinking, “I should write in Tony Robbins!!”

      Heehee.

    • 6.3
      deelynn says:

      oh Anna…at least you can ignore the phone…people at the door???…..annoying!

      • 6.3.1
        Jeanne Adams says:

        I know! At least you can ignore the phone. I got one or two “issue campaigners” at the door, but they were pretty easy to move along. Glad I didn’t get any hard core folks. :>

  7. 7
    Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    I didn’t get a lot of calls because I had just gotten a new phone number, paper is a whole different ball game though. If they had used prettier colors I could have papered my dining room wall at least. I am really wore out with the ads on tv, if you can’t play nice boys and girls, don’t play at all.

    • 7.1
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Dianna, that is SO right! Its really shameful what people – and I blame the ad people here! – bring in to try and score points on an opponent.

      I loved that the debates had the fact checkers running right along with the debate points. It was almost amusing. And the twitter feeds during the debates were highly entertaining as people made drinking games out of when one candidate would say something over and over. OMGosh. Too funny and one of the only moments of comic relief.

      Except for the Daily Show…SNORK!

    • 7.2
      Caren Crane says:

      Dianna, I just realized the reason we got fewer robo-calls (though extra helpings of in-person calls) was probably because we changed our number last year. We did it for economic reasons, but it probably spared us lots of grief on the phone! :)

  8. 8
    Mozette says:

    Girl, where didn’t they cover the election??? I mean, we heard about where they were getting their votes, which counties, which states and who would be the best states that would support which one of them… some of the stuff I didn’t understand; but that’s okay, I don’t live there, so I don’t have to.

    But I’m damned proud that Obama won! :D Very happy in fact! Mainly because he’s done so much for your country that is great… and besides, he’s well-spoken, well-read, very sexy-looking and is making something of your country that nobody else will. I hope he gets re-elected again after the next four years. Oh! Also, he’s the only President I have known where I turn up my tv or radio to listen to him speak… I love his voice!

    In Australia, I get downright sick to to death of the political back-stabbing our politicians do to each other. Each of them tell us that their opponent is pretty much the devil, will run us broke, will destroy us all and eventually be the most dreadful thing to ever run our state/country… when in reality THEY ALL ARE!

    Sorry, I hate elections and I hate voting. Some years are worse than others and I end up drawing in a square, writing ‘Mickey Mouse’ next to it and ticking the box… it’s just better that way.

    • 8.1
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Mozette! I’m LOL about Mickey Mouse. Politics is obviously the same everywhere. I was just on my coffee run and made the mistake of turning on the talk radio show.

      The interesting thing is that in Virginia, the two former governors ran against one another for the seat in congress. This morning, the winner, called his former opponent a “fine man, and a true asset to Virginia” – hmmmmm. Change of tune.

      I will give him his props, however, in that he said all along that his opponent had done good things for the state. That was one of the few “non-attack” campaigns that won, though.

    • 8.2
      Caren Crane says:

      Mozette, I am tempted to do the same thing with some of our local elections. I would love to write in a box for NO OF THE ABOVE. Wasn’t that in a Richard Prior movie from long alo? :)

  9. 9
    Heathercm2001 says:

    So happy it’s over! I’m in Northeast Ohio and this year was ridiculous! I received a ton of stuff in the mail, at least 4 phone calls a day (from actual people, not robo calls), multiple emails a day, etc. The one that bugged me most was Facebook. Boy oh boy, did I bite my tongue. Ignorant comments about the election from ”friends.” Goodness! Thankfully it is over. Now we will all be bombarded with Holiday commercials and music…lol.

    • 9.1
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Oh, Heather, you poor woman! I swear, Ohio was a nightmare wasn’t it? Our Ohio Bandit, Donna can sympathise, I know.

      My biggest LOL over the campaign frenzy there was when Bill Clinton kept calling it Pennsylvania. SNORK!!! Get a grip, Bill!

      Of course I think all the candidates got a kick out of the “O-H!” and the crowd response of “I -O!” Sigh. It’s the little things. Hahaha!! It just doesn’t work in the other four letter states, does it? “I-O!” “W-A!” Just doesn’t have that same ring. SNORK!!!

    • 9.2

      Heather –

      I can commiserate. Clicked over to Facebook yesterday to escape all the politics – and my feed was ALL political rhetoric. I was tempted to delete the sender but then realized it was my sister perpetuating the stuff. Sigh. Glad it’s all over.

  10. 10
    Jeanne Adams says:

    Just read that we’ll have more women heading to our Congress than ever before and that NH elected a female governor, and their congresspeople are both women.

    Bully for us! Grins.

    Wonder if they read romance?

  11. 11
    deelynn says:

    TGIF…Thank God It’s Finished!

    I detest politics…it seems to bring out the worst in people.

  12. 12
    Caren Crane says:

    Jeanne, I am seriously looking forward to some peace and quiet. Since NC was a battleground state even in the LAST election, we have been bombarded – hard – since last fall with election materials and ads.

    There was a local candidate for the NC House of Representatives here whose campaign sent mailers EVERY DAY for the past 2 months. Every day! Worse, she claimed to be a member of my church – I’ve been a member for 12 years and have never seen her face! – and a Girl Scout volunteer – I was a leader and admin team member for the past 14 years and never saw her face! – and had no way to complain about what were, if not outright LIES, at least serious stretches of the truth.

    I have refused to listen to the news for months now and have limited my reading to non-political issues. I am so happy the robo-calls have ended and the mailers will stop coming now. I am reclaiming my mailbox!!

    Looking forward to nothing more challenging than a sneak preview showing of Lincoln tonight with Daniel Day-Lewis. I am psyched about that!

    Also, my husband and I are leaving Sunday for a trip to Grand Cayman Island to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. I am so looking forward to the peace and quiet. Especially since I’ll have to listen to the grousing from Republican family members at Thanksgiving shortly after our return…

    • 12.1

      LOL Caren – I was looking forward to my recent trip to Charlotte to speak to Carolina Romance Writers, thinking that I’d be escaping the constant political bombardment that we get in Ohio. However, the moment I turned on the tv in the hotel room I realized – NC is a swing state as well! It was if I never left Ohio as far as the commercials were concerned. Glad I didn’t have much occasion to watch tv while there.

      • 12.1.1
        Caren Crane says:

        Poor Donna! There has been no break in NC for at least a year, sadly. It has just ramped up to insufferable levels in the past few months. I am looking forward to Grand Cayman, where hopefully NO ONE will want to talk politics! :)

        • 12.1.1.1
          Jeanne Adams says:

          Hey Caren! I know what you mean about Thanksgiving! We’re a “split family” in that regard. We usually do the agree-to-disagree bit and just don’t talk politics (or religions!) at Thanksgiving. We’d thankfully rather celebrate our successes and joys instead of the divisions.

          At least for the meal! Ha! I will not say the same about the football.

      • 12.1.2
        Jeanne Adams says:

        Oh, Donna! That was “frying pan to fire” wasn’t it?

        How did your talk go?

  13. 13

    Jeanne –

    This was the first morning in months that I wasn’t awakened by a political robocall. Yesterday, on top of the calls and mail – I had two real-live people at different times come to my front door concerned about whether my son had voted. They could care less about me :-). The really sad thing is that I thought the doorbell ringing was a sign that the UPS guy had brought me treats. I was the only one home so I had to make the mad dash to the door to discover – a political volunteer. What a disappointment!

    This isn’t the first time someone has come to the door to talk to my son about his political views. Four adults live in this house, but only one under 30 and that’s the one everyone is interested in.
    Geez…..

    • 13.1
      Jeanne Adams says:

      OMGosh, Donna! I didn’t realize everyone was pushing the under-30 vote so hard. Wow. We got calls for my DH’s long-dead parents as well. (I guess that’s the over-the-hill crowd?) If the dead care about the election, I’m sure they would have been happy to chat, but since I couldn’t raise them – harhar – to get to the phone, I told the callers they no longer lived here.

      Heehee. Allll true!

  14. 14
    Connie Fischer says:

    Sad, but Im glad it’s over. Now, I hope to have more time to read. Sigh….thank goodness.

    • 14.1
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Connie! Selfishly, I’m glad you’ll have more time to read. Ha!

      Seriously though, it’s amazing how much mental energy those calls/reports/mailers sap, isn’t it? Arrrgh.

  15. 15

    Jeanne, we were in line to vote yesterday at 6:30 am and walked out about 7:25. So the four robocalls that came in before 6 pm were, you know, POINTLESS! Besides which, I long go adopted your policy of not recognizing calls I don’t answer. If I’m a room without caller ID on the phone, I pick it up and say nothing. It’s your voice that triggers the robot. After a few seconds, a person will usually notice the ringing has stopped and say “hello?” Still, I say “hello,” and if I don’t get an immediate response, I hang up. I do this with commercial solicitation robocalls, which flood in, in defiance of the Do Not Call list.

    Yes, political campaigns and charities are exempt, and don’t I wish they were not! Now there are all these recorded commercial messages, and there’s no one to you can tell, “take me off your list!” or “We’re on the Do Not all list” unless you listen to the whole [unprintable] recording, and I am just SOOOO not going to do that.

    So I will be revising my ms. and avoiding the usual robocalls while enjoying the absence of the “extra” election-related ones.

  16. 16
    EC Spurlock says:

    I am breathing a sigh of relief this morning, along with the rest of you! We had a new person challenging the incumbent (who has had the seat for at least 12 years) for state senate for our district, and we got a letter/pamphlet/call from him EVERY DAY; once a personal visit (but luckily we were out!) I could have told him it was a waste of time as he was way out of his demographic to start with, and I wouldn’t have voted for him just because he was way too aggressive and obviously had way too much money if he was throwing it away like that. (Not to mention that he was campaigning on eliminating or putting restrictions on a lot of programs people in this district rely on.) Toward the end the incumbent threw some mud that apparently hit a sore spot because the challenger got very whiny after that and kept sending out these “I didn’t do it! Really!” letters. Not somebody I’d want in public office.

    I have also heard from friends overseas that US elections are watched intently around the world, not so much for the economy as to get an idea of what foreign relations will be like and how the administration will want to be perceived. Guess it’s helpful to know whether any new wars will get started…

    And I’m with Anna, it’s especially annoying when politics (and money) interferes with our favorite sports! Here’s hoping the hockey lockout gets resolved soon too!

    • 16.1
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey EC! I’m right there with you on wanting the lockout to end. :> And when the candidates for any office start getting whiny I get REALLY annoyed. I expect that from a 5 year old, not a grown person who made their own choices along the way. Stand for ‘em. Ha!

  17. 17
    catslady says:

    Yes, I am glad it’s over. But I am guilty because I thought it was such an important election that I couldn’t help myself from posting some things on my FB page. I got 9 calls the day before the election and 5 on the same day. We were able to walk in and walk out with no wait which was nice. The people that try to change your mind before you walk in got my husbands wrath by saying “If you don’t know by now who you are voting for, you shouldn’t be voting” lol. I also think we wore out the mute button on our remote lol.

    • 17.1
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Hahahah! I’m right there too, in both that I wore out my Mute button, and the people at the tables outside the voting precincts. I have this path into the high school where I vote, and I look neither right nor left and just walk right past those folks. :>

      Such a relief that they can’t accost you unless you’re walking near them and there IS a path in that lets you avoid them. :>

  18. 18
    Pat Cochran says:

    I’m with “Amy”! She’s a 4 or 5 y/o who was
    videotaped during a tearful session which
    ended up on the news. Poor baby was so
    tired of “Rock Obama” ( her pronuncia-
    tion) and “Mitt Romney” on the TV! LOL.
    I was ready to join her in a bout of tears!

    I so think there should be a major change
    in the election process! Campaigns only
    6 months, severe limits on mailings and
    telephone contact and term limits so
    at least there will a change of faces
    every so many years!

    Pat C.

    • 18.1
      Jeanne Adams says:

      “Rock” Obama! That’s hysterical!

      I’m right there with her, poor baby. I’m with you too on the No Mailings or Ads Before 6 Months Before the Election! Urg. This started last year and I’m worn out with it.

  19. 19
    Louisa says:

    Two things I never discuss in public – religion and politics. I’m definitely glad it is over, but I am also glad we live in a country where the outcome is always in question and where we can be divided on issues without taking up arms against each other. So many people lamented the division of counties, states and the country – red on one side and blue on the other, but I tend to see the whole picture. In this country we CAN agree to disagree. We can be blue OR red or no color at all and we don’t risk being thrown in jail or worse disappearing in the middle of the night, never to be seen again. Lest we forget, this country was founded by a bunch of dissenters. We don’t all have to see things the same way. We have the RIGHT to see things our own way and in our own time. I may not agree with my neighbors’ politics or my coworkers’ politics or even my family’s politics, but I will defend to the death their right to have opinions and beliefs different from my own. Yes, I am glad it is over. I hate the commercials, the pamphlets the &&^%^%$ robocalls! I hate the amount of money spent on these campaigns when the money could be used to do so much good. But, I am glad I live in a country with a system that allows us to agree to disagree.

    • 19.1
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Hear, hear! Well said, Louisa! I’m right there with you. I’m SO glad we have real discourse and even when and where I don’t agree, or roll my eyes (as is my girl-given privledge!) at some of the things some of these guys say, I’m glad they CAN say it.

      Still glad to be done with the robocalls though! Hahahah! And even as I lament all the money spent and trees pulped for pamphlets, I recognize that ad-writers and pamphlet makers have to work too, and they just got a HUGE boost in their personal economies from this madness. Grins.

      Raising a glass of tea to our founding dissenters, and to ALL WHO VOTED regardless of for whom you voted. :> WE ROCK!!!