Last month, World Vital Records called me just to say hi. The lady was very nice, and she asked how my research was going. I answered all her questions. Fine. No, I don't have any brick walls right now, etc.
At that point, she must have looked at my profile on her screen and seen that I had written an article for them in the past. She then tried to sell me a copy of "Google Your Family Tree". I again said no thanks, as my master's degree in that area would suffice.
I was very polite. The lady was just doing her job, and doing it quite well in my opinion. She tried to help me, plug items and engage me in basic genealogy banter, but no sale on my end. Finally, she said thank you and that was the end of the call. I figured more information would go on my customer profile and since I wasn't buying, I'd never hear from them again.
Fast forward a few weeks to the present. One afternoon, I'm chatting online with Holly (aka awesome boss lady). At the same time, there is a massive thunderstorm and my pool is about to overflow, there's a lake in the backyard and clogged drains. For a good 20 minutes, I run between the chat inside and the pool outside. I'm juggling both these things and my son's need for attention when the phone rings...
...it's World Vital Records and they want to know how my research is going. Talk about timing!
The lady (again...polished, professional and polite) began the script, but I couldn't do it. I just asked to be taken off the call list.
I don't remember giving them my phone number, but I must have. I don't remember requesting to be called, but there is probably a box online I forgot to check somewhere.
I won't knock World Vital Records for the attempted pitch (which led to a strikeout) or the kind lady for just doing a job. It's just that I don't like telemarketing. Not even in genealogy.