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The communication tsunami
8/23/2010 7:47:53 PM

The constant demand for attention takes its toll

How does one deal with the communications tsunami? It used to be just papers. Now the internet has joined in, telemarketing buzzes around, and, honestly, when I hear a sound, I donít know whether it is my cell,the telephone, the Skype, the doorbell, the security, the oven timer, my car in the garage or the fire alarm. Wow! Wow! How come I donít have an alarm when my blood pressure rises to critical levels?

And rise it does when I receive solicitations time and again, for one cause or another. Erased messages come back to haunt me,envelopes to contribute to charity multiply during the year, services whom I forbid to call back againdonít spare their mail, concerned bankers extend their offers for loans and the cycle renews with more vigor as we approach the Christmas season.Each solicitor bombards my senses at repeated intervals, unabashedly, as if they are all in competition to place the most calls during the year and chance upon my weakest moment to say yes.I get interesting requests too. The latest one perplexed me. It was a solicitation to designate somebody, from whom medical information could be collected in case I am incapacitated. I could not think of one person, among the crowd I communicate with, who would be a good candidate for such a job.None. This is a sorry state of affairs when the whole world calls on you for help but nobody is out there to extend any.

Necrologists toll alarm bells as well. They have already placed me on their list and send me notes at regular intervals, requesting anything from body parts to permission to burn me to ashes.Will there be anything left for the burial plot after I have gotten rid of all my disposable parts? I also get requestsfor donations from endowment funds or from funeral directors offering contracts.Why donít they check if I have anything to bequest before making assumptions about my wealth?Maybe they are contacting the wrong Terzian? It is such an easy name! Perhaps I should change my name to something unpalatable, like Mary Bitter .

I remember my finance teacher at college whose first lecture was:ďNever use your own capital. Have as much debt as possible. Your lenders will spare no effort in keeping you alive. They want to be paid back.Ē

I find out I am indebted for the wrong reasons.

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More Blogs by Mary Terzian
• Politically Homeless - Thursday, July 30, 2015
• Which language first? - Monday, May 05, 2014
• Hacked but triumphant - Tuesday, January 28, 2014
• Can you Trust your Repairman - Wednesday, September 25, 2013
• Quo Vadis America? - Thursday, August 22, 2013
• Soothing wounds after identity theft - Monday, August 05, 2013
• A very insecure security key - Sunday, January 20, 2013
• 2012 in review - Wednesday, January 02, 2013
• In the Fall of Life - Monday, December 17, 2012
• In the Fall of Life - Monday, December 17, 2012
• Terzian is Winner of Dan Poybnter's 2012 E-book Award in multicultural nonfiction - Saturday, July 14, 2012
• Excerpt from "The Immigrants' Daughter" posted on Australian Website - Tuesday, May 01, 2012
• Chasing the silver linings in my clouds - Monday, March 05, 2012
• Review of 2011 - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
• Thrilling messages - Friday, October 28, 2011
• The Impact of Published Articles on the Writer's Mood. - Wednesday, March 16, 2011
• Ponderings, After Knee Repair - Wednesday, January 26, 2011
• Vacationing joy - Saturday, December 04, 2010
• Rainbows of Happiness - Thursday, September 09, 2010
•  The communication tsunami - Monday, August 23, 2010  

• Alternative hobbies - Sunday, June 20, 2010
• Book Club Meeting - Saturday, April 24, 2010
• Writers' Mood Swings - Saturday, March 27, 2010
• Ethnicity at Risk - Saturday, February 13, 2010
• Web addiction - Wednesday, October 21, 2009
• News - Saturday, July 11, 2009
• Author fulfillment - Monday, April 06, 2009
• Impressions from a trip to India - Tuesday, February 03, 2009
• Stretching the Comfort Zone - Tuesday, October 21, 2008
• Interview - Shobhan Bantwal - Thursday, October 09, 2008
• Traveling abroad - Tuesday, July 22, 2008
• Time to Write - Wednesday, May 28, 2008