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?