Must be the luckiest person in the world

By PEGGY SIMS,

I must be one of the luckiest people in the whole world.  I have won about six cruises, have several thousands of dollars sitting in a government fund I never claimed, and just yesterday, I was selected to purchase a wide screen television at cost. How about that for good fortune?

But then on the other hand, my computer has been hacked and will completely lock up, my social security card has been compromised in south Texas, and there is more money waiting for me to claim in Bermuda. All they need is my bank account number. The Internal Revenue Service has a Federal Marshall on his way to lock me up because of the taxes I have not paid and my car warranty has expired. I get offers for Medicare help everyday, even though I do not have Medicare and sales people try to sell me health insurance at least three or four times a day. And, most of the time we are speaking with a recording so that when we try to end the call, the voice continues to talk, never hearing our objections. Looks like my good fortune has ended.

My husband and my sons love to bother the callers; I just hang up on them. One called our middle son one day when he was really busy at one of our stores and he, again, could not pass on this opportunity. He told the caller, “Could you hold please?” Then he proceeds to say into the phone as if he is talking to people with him, “Draw a chalk line around the body and for gosh sakes stop the blood from running down the aisle.” Then he goes back to the caller and, to his astonishment, the caller had disconnected. My daughter used to answer and speak in Spanish but now we have so many Spanish speaking callers that they just talk to her. I have counted calls and I have had as many as 16 calls come through in the course of the day.

We had our land line disconnected, thinking this would end some of the calls, but now they have our cell phone numbers and I get several a day on my cell phone.

My mother was somewhat of an easy mark for these calls.  At one time, she had subscriptions to five or six magazines because she had said “yes” at the wrong time. It took us a long time to get her out of those deals.

Calls for donations come in from the Mississippi troopers, firemen, animal rights groups, the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. I even had one that wanted to sell me an oil well in Oklahoma.

With this being an election year, we get a call every day asking us how we are voting, Democrat or Republican. I usually say “independent.”  I do not believe there will ever be an end to these robo calls, so we either learn to deal with them or ignore them.

 Pumpkin Magic Bars

Pulse 1 package of vanilla wafers in a food processor and add ½ cup melted butter, and press into bottom of 9x13 pan.  

Mix:

3 ounces of soft cream cheese

1 can sweet condensed milk

½ t. pumpkin pie spice

1 (15 oz) can of pureed pumpkin

1 cup raisins

1½ cups shredded coconut

1 c. white chocolate chips

1 cup chopped pecans.  

Mix all except coconut, chocolate chips and pecans, and spread in bottom of dish and top with chips, coconut and pecans.  

Bake 55 minutes at 350 degrees.