Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Sure Sign of Spring

Just a little pet peeve of mine: the salespeople who swarm our neighborhood each spring, selling magazine subscriptions. Does this happen in anyone else's neighborhood? For every kid selling candy bars (which we might buy), or lawn specialist hawking chemicals (ain't gonna happen), we get at least ten magazine sellers (stodgy people that we are, we're pre-paid by several years for the only three magazine subscriptions we get: Newsweek, The Funny Times, and Consumer Reports.).

So, the kids and I came up with a little poem, which we posted very conspicuously out front:

Please do not ring, or knock on the door/

You will surely find, as your colleagues before/

That we will not buy, causing you to sadly sigh/

And leave our front door, no richer than before.

It was up there for most of April, and we took it down last Saturday, thinking that maybe the annual onslaught was done... but no! Today they started up again. Any guesses what they were selling?


Rana said...

I used to have a bunch of subscriptions to all kinds of magazines. I only kept two Parenting and Home Education Mag. The rest I go to the library and get. Saves me a ton of money and I can take as many as I like.

Melissa R said...

No, we don't get magazines sales people. We live in RI, perhaps they just don't do that here.

Anonymous said...

I honestly didn't know there was still door to door sales at all anymore. In this day and age?? We live right in the city, but have never had anyone come try to sell us anything but their particular brand of religion. Wow...really learned something new today!

The Stone Age Techie said...

Rana - I LOVE Home Education Mag! My parents gave us a gift subscription because no libraries in our (fairly extensive) system subscribe.

Melissa - maybe we'll move to RI, too, this is one aspect of suburban life in MA that just galls me.

Topsy - Oddly enough, nobody tries to sell us religion here... the Almighty Buck rules up here, I guess :-)