At the request of Susanne (and because I am lacking in other ideas or the time to prepare them), I am submitting this as my Works for me Wednesday. So--mind you Wednesday readers that it was written on Monday, before election day, but the tip is still a goodie. See Shannon for some more timely tips, and go back next week for the Christmas edition!
In the last week, I've received phone calls from Laura Bush (two in fact), Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Tom Ridge. I did like hearing from the First Lady of the United States, but I hung up on the rest.
Of course they were all recordings, just reminding me to get out and vote tomorrow.
Here's a neat tip that I learned from my mother-in-law that has spared me much sparring from telemarketers (yes, we have caller ID, and I don't always answer an unidentified call, but either our phone or our service doesn't always pick it up, and often calls from friends come in as "no data" as well, so I often risk it). If you pick up the phone and there is silence, hang up right away! It's usually an auto dialer for telemarketers and someone will pick it up as soon as they hear that someone has answered it.
So, if you call my house, and don't speak up right away, and you happen to come up as "no data" on my caller ID, I just might hang up on you. Please call back, and speak up quickly.