On any given day, I receive marketing calls from local businesses with whom I have no relationship - meaning, under the law, that I've never dealt with them. When I answer the phone (most calls go to voice mail), and they start their speil, I stop them and ask, "Excuse me, but I'm on the Do Not Call List. Are you aware that you are violating federal law?" They hang up in a hurry - like I don't know the phone number they used to call me, or even their company name.
Now, add to those unlawful calls the robocalls that are now the majority of the phone calls coming into my home. Congress made sure that political calls were exempt from the law that prohibits sales and marketing calls. They wanted to make sure they could intrude on us any time they wanted. I think most Americans think that's intrusive.
Some of these calls are coming in with the organization listed on my caller ID. I know not to answer them. Others are coming from polling companies. I know not to answer them. Most marketing calls come in as "Unavailable." I answer very few of them, but occasionally I get curious.
I'm currently getting about 15-20 unwanted calls/day. It's out of control. Add to the phone calls the relentless political ads that run when I'm tying to watch the news, and I've had it. Do they really think I'm stupid - that I believe the falsehoods being spouted in those television spots? That I don't know better? Could this election season please end? I want my quiet life back. Am I the only one getting grumpy about this?
A deviously divine mix of function, flame, and form, Le Métier de Beauté [I fixed their online name error] introduces the newest Holiday Kaleidoscope Lip Kit, "Bauhaus," exclusively for Neiman Marcus online. Each distinctive hue blends together effortlessly for a dimensional pout, mirroring the bold Bauhaus notion of combining unique parts for a collective whole. Lips will be left with a total package, mixing statement and sophistication.
The shades, from top to bottom, are:
- Linaire - a lustrous gold-infused rose petal,
- Criterion - a gilded amber-peach,
- Esthetique - a shimmering vintage rose,
- "Shilhouette" - a Cimmerian cloak of sheer amethyst, with a name that is probably spelled incorrectly.
Let's talk about your week of beauty. It's time for the Friday Forum, our open chat. I love this part of our week. Have you selected your favorite holiday collection - and purchased a few new treasures? What new products did you discover this week? Did you find any deals you couldn't resist? Are you using a fabulous product and want to sing its praises? Did you find a beauty product disappointing? Do you have a question others might be able to answer? Want to talk about skin care? What's new in your life? Just use the comments. Don't be shy. Just make sure to ask any question you might have over the weekend. By early the next week, most (not all) readers will have moved on.
Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencils are some of the best eyeliners on the market. This week, I've got the latest boxed set to give away. To enter, just comment at this giveaway contest link by midnight tomorrow, October 20.
Update: I saw this heartwarming rescue of a baby elephant on the news this morning. Watch this video if you love elephants and want to see a happy ending.
Photos courtesy of moneytalksnews.com and Neiman Marcus