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09.27.06 -- EDITORIAL: Is Cliff stalking you, too?

Is Cliff Stearns stalking you, too?

By CHER PHILLIPS

Earlier tonight at this reporter's house:

Ring. Ring.

ME: "Hello?"

CLIFF: EERIE CRACKLE, THEN SILENCE (First sign that it's HIM. Kinda like that movie "The Ring" and "The Ring, Two." Scary stuff.) "Hello, this is Cliff Stearns. I'm sorry I missed you..."

I pull the phone away from my ear and look at the cradle. Missed me? I'm right here. I hang up. Then, I think I should call my neighbor and tease her, asking if she gave Cliff Stearns my number. See, he called her last night. It's bad enough that Katherine Harris somehow got my e-mail address. Her press releases have this desperate quality to them that I'm drawn to skim in the same way that I can't look away from a car crash.

So, I pick up the phone to make that call. And Cliff is still there, talking away.
I hang up again.
No good. He's STILL there. I push the disconnect button, twice more.
No giving up for Cliff. That boy just keeps talking -- even his recordings. I'm beginning to wonder if I'll have to yank my phone out of the wall and use my cell phone when Cliff finally hangs up so I can punch in my neighbor's phone number.

Ring. Ring.

HER: I hear her pick up but she says nothing. Silence.

ME: After a minute, "Heeeellooooo."

HER: "Whew. I thought you were Cliff Stearns. He's called here every night this week."


True story.
I surfed his web site. I googled the guy. No where could I find a direct, simple way to e-mail the guy to leave me be. I finally had to put my number on the DO NOT CALL REGISTRY.

Tell me McIntosh, is Cliff Stearns stalking you, too? And how did you get rid of him? Inquiring minds want to know. Shoot. I want to know. Because even with the registry, he's got 30 days before he HAS to follow the no-call law. Let's have a contest. Whoever has the most Cliff calls wins a Get-out-of-Code-Enforcement-jail-free card!

Don't forget McIntosh Town Council has a budget hearing Thursday night at 6 p.m., followed by a meeting in which they're going to discuss the citizen boards, a guaranteed barn burner.

posted by Cher @ 8:43 PM,

3 Comments:

At   September 27, 2006 11:53 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

I like Cliff Stearns.

 
At   September 28, 2006 6:38 AM     ,    Blogger Cher    said...

I might have, too, if he'd drop the annoying calling campaign.

 
At   September 28, 2006 5:16 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

Funny story. I've been receiving these calls too.

 

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