I am usually able to avoid telemarketers quite successfully with my handy dandy call display dealie. If I don't recognize a number, I don't answer the phone. But lately, I have been picking up when it says "unknown caller" because it's usually Superstar using a calling card. This time, however, it was not:
Savia: (seductively) Hello.
Telemarketer: Hello, is this Savia?
Savia: (not so seductively) Yes.
Telemarketer: This is Doubleday Book Club calling. You were a member of our club a few years ago and left your account in good standing, so we would like to offer you the opportunity to come back. We will send you your first book, Step on a Crack by James Patterson for only one dollar. How does that sound? Have you read any other books by James Patterson?
Savia: (thinking fast) I only read post-colonial literature.
Savia: Post-colonial literature. It's all I read. I find it fascinating to look at the lingering effects of colonialism on modern society. Do you have any books that would fit into that genre?
Savia: I really don't have time to read popular books because I just love post-colonial literature that much, so if you don't carry it then I'm really not interested.
Telemarketer: Okay, then...uh...have a nice day.
Works like a charm every time.