Monday, April 27, 2015

Caribbean Cruise Call

Plus exotic ports of call!
  Yeah, sure there are ...

I frequently receive that phone call with the recorded female voice telling me I have just won a fantastic prize.

You’ve probably received it also.

"Hello!  I am happy to tell you that you have been selected to receive an all-expenses paid two week cruise to the Caribbean!"

Here we go again! What's the catch?

"There is no catch.  You'll chart a course from New York City aboard a luxury liner that makes the Queen Mary 2 look like the Wreck of the Hesperus.

Do they think I was born yesterday?  Not that I wouldn't prefer to have been born yesterday, I'd still have puberty to look forward to.

"We do not think you were born yesterday.  Aboard ship you'll enjoy four star dining, three Olympic size swimming pools, a Robert Trent Jones Championship Golf Course, and private Observatory with the ship's resident physicist Neil deGrassse Tyson. 

If I'd really won such a prize like this, wouldn't an actual person be handling the call, not a programmed voice? I'll bet there's an ocean of hidden charges!
"There is no ocean of hidden charges. But there are exotic ports of call like the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Kitts, St. Martins, Barbados, and more, many featuring nude beaches, favorite playgrounds of supermodels from around the world.
That's when I always slam the phone down in disgust.

Gotta get myself on the No-Call List!

A couple of weeks ago I ran into my friend Farbman at the bank.  He looked tanned and rested.

"Farbman! You look great!"

“I just got back from an all-expenses paid Caribbean cruise!"

"Wait ... you mean ... the all-expenses paid trip from the phone call?"

"Sure, got the call last month.  Fantastic food, great islands, met the Yankees. That Neil deGrasse Tyson is such a card!"

"But ... but it all sounds so bogus."

"It's made to sound that way. It's paid for by a billionaire who loves trusting, positive, non-judgmental people. If you listen to the message right up to the part about supermodels, a live person comes on and signs you right up!"   

"But that's the point when I cut off!"

"Yeah, he doesn't want any negative, doubting, impatient jerks ruining the trip."

“But, but, but ...”

"If you're lucky enough to get the call, Perry, hang on for dear life! Oh, those topless beaches are incredible!"

Since then I haven't received the call.  Though I pretty much don't leave the house waiting for it.

Is there such a thing as a "Please Call List?"



Russell said...

Unfortunately, Connie usually answers the phone at our house and always hangs up when they get to the topless and nude beaches part too. It's too bad. I bet her and Neil deGrasse Tyson would hit it off real well.

Perry Block said...

Farbman said he had a wonderful time hanging with her on the last cruise!

Russell said...

And she told me she was going to some boring sewing seminar in Nebraska. Imagine that.