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The 24 Hour Camping Adventure

What have I been up to, no one asks? Well, here you go:

This past weekend, I set out on a journey with some of my favourite people in the world. We went camping.

I had never been! Can you believe that? I think was the only person in our group who had never slept in a tent or even been to a campsite. I had to scrounge for sleeping bags and a spot in a tent off a friend in exchange for a ride up in my car. Thank god for that.

After the two hour drive to the park, we finally found our campsite. We only had to turn the car around twice, which was not bad since it allowed us to stumble upon this turtle:

It was huge and it snapped at us! Still awesome, though.

The rest of our day included struggling with camping equipment, checking out the “beach” (all rocks, no sand. Who needs sand, really?), and fending off the two middle-aged creepy guys who overstayed their invite for a quick game of beer pong on our campsite. I still don’t understand that entire situation.

This tent actually stumped the other experienced campers, it’s just a weird one!

Tents should really come with instructions.

Shallow, freezing, rocky water? Not a problem.

That beautiful gatorade bottle makes a cameo in 90% of the weekend’s pictures

We then headed out to the marsh to see if we could find another turtle. No luck, but there were some huge cranes flying overhead which were kind of neat.

did actually have friends with me on this trip! I just didn’t want to post any pictures of them without permission (since getting dolled up and going camping isn’t something we do) and sometimes I just get the urge to post something quickly.

Then we packed up and were on our way home by 11am on Sunday. A good weekend overall, but a few lessons learned:

Look up nearby hangover food places before hand. It was a 40 minute drive to the nearest one, but man that glorious Harveys in Port Hope more than made up for the long drive. You guys are awesome. That is all.

Oh and also, wear shoes, not sandals! Trust me on this one. The mosquito bites and the inevitably dirty feet aren’t worth showing off your cute and comfy Birkenstocks.

Do Not Call Me!

I had alluded to this in my previous post. My home phone number is on the Do Not Call list. It’s worked out pretty well, except for this one company of bastards. If you Google “air duct cleaning telemarkers,” you’ll find messages from other people, mostly from Ontario. These people are awful. They have thick accents, call daily, and hang up on you when you mention the Do Not Call list. I’ve read posts from people who have had the telemarketers end a call with “thanks babe, love you.” What the fuck?

Actually, if you want to know how frustrated these callers are making us, just read through the comments here.

I don’t even know why I am making this into a mini war. I just really don’t like it when people think they can do whatever they want, especially when it comes down to customer service, if you can even call it that.

My previous attempts to get them to stop have been simple.

“Actually we’re on the Do Not Call–” and he’d hang up.
“Could you please tell me the procedure you have when you find out someone is on the DNC list?” silence and a *click*

I have Googled all the different numbers that have shown up on the caller ID. They’re all dead. Fakes. Contacted some “Rogers Helps” accounts on Twitter, since I figured the phone company would at least be able to prevent people calling out from fake numbers. They were no help.

Today I tried to get a little more info:
(This was originally supposed to be some sort of diary-like post, so ignore the awkward tense change here)

April 26th, 12:30pm

Sounded like the same guy with the most unintelligible accent. I asked him to clarify the name of the company before he started with his 5-minute long speech in some sort of weird pseudo-English. “Air duct cleaning,” I’m told again. I asked him where it’s located. “Anywhere in the Scarborough area we come to you.” That’s not what I asked. I asked him for an address, he mentioned something about Scarborough again. I then asked for a phone number where I can contact the company directly, since I “needed to go.” He refused to tell me anything, we bantered back and forth for a few minutes to the likes of:

“Tell me how many bedrooms the house has and I’ll tell you that”
“Are you listening to me? Answer my question.”
“How many bedrooms?”
“What is the address of the company? I just want to make sure it’s the one I’m thinking of.”
“How many bedrooms do you have?”
“Answer my question.”

etc. etc.

I eventually was sick of hearing his stupid voice and hung up.

Who hires these imbeciles?

Oh but wait! All my Googling led me to a phone number. 416-900-2930. I typed it into the yellowpages.ca, making sure it wasn’t a fake number or a number stolen from some innocent civilian.

It came up with some awful skeleton site for “air duct cleaning.” I called it.
A meek, quiet, male’s voice answered. I asked him 4 times if this was the Air Duct company. He finally said it was, and I asked him if they’d called me many times over the past few weeks. He didn’t answer and sounded confused by my question. So I asked him in simpler terms, “Do you use telemarketers?”

“Yes,” he replied, after trying to play dumb and avoid the question.

I went off. I told him to never call again, that we were on the Do Not Call list. He provided some weak excuse about their computer systems (which I had read about on the message boards and was expecting), I cut him off and told him it didn’t matter, because the DNCL is there for a reason and they need to figure it out.

He told me he was “taking my number off the list.” Ha. Ok, sure.

Just for extra measure I reminded him that I now had his phone number, and I threatened to harass the number daily if the calls didn’t stop. (Okay, maybe I actually said I’d “harass the crap out of this number.” Pure class.)

And I will. Oh, boy. I will.

Some other great suggestions I found included: sending them to a made-up address in the middle of no where and keeping an air horn or whistle by the phone to use when they call.

“Fuck youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!”

Does anyone else have any other suggestions? Call the number above if you’ve been bugged by these people. Just do it. If you’re feeling like being a little mean, just go ahead. These people have no right to harass us daily.

I’ve reported them to the DNCL complaints thing multiple times. I doubt they do anything with that, to be honest.

Disclaimer: 99.99% of the time, I am courteous. Any other telemarketer gets a quick “sorry we’re actually on the DNCL!” and he or she usually apologizes and hangs up. Simple. They’re just doing a job, and they most likely don’t enjoy it. These guys, however, have been so awful to so many people they deserve everything they get. It’s clearly some sort of scam. Any reputable company would happily provide you with the address, phone number,  or *actual* company name (Air Duct Cleaning? Seriously?) as soon as you wanted to know.

It’s now been over a week, and I haven’t gotten any calls back. Well, maybe I’ll have some fun with them if they try it again…