Friday, July 22, 2005

solicitation

can't believe its friday already. would say that the week has just flown past, but don't want to be a cliche'. have got some kind of pinched nerve in my back, and it is absolutely killing me. it happened yesterday, as i turned quickly to do something. my mom told me to roll around on the floor - did that, but it doesn't seem to have worked...on the plus side, it was fun rolling on the floor - gitanjali thought it was a new game, so she was rolling around as well, and she dragged moo (my husband) in, so all 3 of us were rolling on the floor. now for those of you who don't know, i live in a small flat - so there's not really that much place for 3 people to roll around in, one of whom is a 2 year old, who insisted on going in the opposite direction.

we were solicited by some lady yesterday to buy gitanjali some kind of starter encyclopeadia (with mickey and gang pictures in it) which cost 3k.

i always avoid these things, and run and hide at the first sight of direct sellers, but moo loves the whole shindig. he will just sit there and entertain the salesperson, and he really falls for the whole gig, anybody can sell him anything - which means he actually inspires the poor salesperson to believe that not only has he taken the bait, but that he's going to purchase the most expensive thing on her list with frills and cherries on top...then he will suddenly recall that he has a wife/partner in the office, and he will call me in on the meeting - by this time the salesperson has already mentally spent her commission and thinks i am coming in for a quick intro preliminary to signing the cheque. she/he will inevitably be drooling slightly. never before in their wildest dreams have they met a sucker like moo

i then walk in - they think i look like a pushover. i listen to them v. impatiently, and tell them "no, no - we need to think about this first. we will let you know", and walk off before they have the time to close the mouth (which has fallen open in horror!!!) tsk. tsk.

anyway, i end up doing that all the time, and had to do it again to the poor lady selling this reading set yesterday. felt bad for her, but what to do? sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do...i keep scolding moo and telling him not to do it, but he is like jelly in the hands of salespeople. whenever i let him loose, he comes back buying some idiotic thing, just to make them go away. he went and signed both of us up to be amway dealers, and didn't tell me about it at all - he didn't have the pamphlets, the catalogues, nothing. happily hid it from me - all the while, i was wondering how come i was getting monthly magazines from amway. finally, almost a year later, when we moved office and i was packing things up, i found a whole bunch of amway stuff -which is when he told me he had paid for a one year membership (family membership, mind you) to get the salesguy off his back!!!! AAaaaaaargh!!! never bought a thing while he had the membership...anyway this is typical of him.

so there you have it - i confess i am a squisher of direct selling personnel's commission dreams...altho' if i had the reading set, gitanjali would know that elephants tramp or march, rather than walk...

oh, well. life goes on i guess, or perhaps i should say that it marches on...although this week feels like its been on fastforward...

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