Here is my first guest post from a long time friend of mine: Stephen Tarleton.
We go all the way back to our undergrad days at #NCSU, the #wolfpack! Between us, many, many, many homework assignments were completed and many, many EE exams were finished. We are the classic GenX guys who grew up on the Atari 2600, sitcoms like Love Boat with amazing intro theme songs, no seatbelt laws, no stupid protective gear when skateboarding, no smartphones, and barely starting to email. What is really great is that the internet has enabled us to stay in contact. The internet makes distances virtual and the world flat. And now we've adopted the social media habits and work style of the Millennials. Because if you don't adapt in this world, you're a fossil who will be #obsoletized.
My wife, @arryinseattle even had a chance to meet him because her co-founder @christiegettler lived near Austin. Arry was visiting Christie, and we thought there might be some insights into the Austin startup scene that could be helpful to GiftStarter. Ever heard of a little festival known as SXSW? Funny how a multi-decade friendship found a way back into my life.
The longer you go in this world, the longer I know that it's the high quality relationships that will come back around.
So here it is. His write-up is definitely in the #LMAO category because we've all gotten these telemarketing calls.
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"I buy a new Kia every week..."
Had a very strange call with a telemarketer yesterday. It was an autodialer message from a 512 number made to sound like it was your credit card company. At the end it said "press 9 to speak to a representative to lower your credit card rate". I pressed 9, was connected to a rep, and asked to be removed from their list citing this is a cell number and I'm on the do-not-call list.
The guy got belligerent, cussed at me, and said he was going to cancel my credit card. It probably did not help that I kept referring to him as "ma'am".
We went back and forth a while around him not actually having the ability to cancel my credit card, and me asking if he was proud of himself for harassing people on a daily basis, when the following exchange occurred:
Him: I make $75k a month and drive a Porsche.
Me: We both know that's not true. You make half that a year and drive a Kia.
Him: I buy a new Kia every week!
Me: What?!! Unless you're LaBron James that makes no sense.
Him: LaBron James wishes he was me!
Me: Before I can address that, we need to go back to the Kia's. Why do you need a new Kia every week? Do you keep spilling your Taco Bell in it? Oh, or is it Abry's. That Arb-B-Q sauce is hard to get out of nylon.
Him: [starts laughing] [hangs up]
My name is Dae Yu.