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Episode 15: Sorry, Wrong Number

2016-05-03 | 🔗

Sometimes in life, it's better not to stick to the script.

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much the reviews, raw, pretty much five star, very flattering New York times- calls at best seller. I'm think it make a dandy Christmas present people still say dandy anymore. I don't know, but your copy awaits at micro dotcom, Slash book. This is the way I heard John was having a rough evening. He'd been hung up on hundred times less than three hours, it's hard not to take that kind of rejection. Personally even when you're working under an assumed name as the phone rang in his head said John wondered how it had come to this a talented musician. He left Kentucky love, songs and sing power ballads with his rock band. Now he was staring at a telemarketing script. A clunky met of words and sentences he'd never use in real life, but
nevertheless required to recite word for word his musings were interrupted by an elderly voice. On the other end of the line, hello John cleared his throat and started reading hello, this is John Quatermain calling from LOS Angeles California. I'm calling this evening to inform you that you ve been selected to win a free trip to Tahiti or a beautiful grandfather clock made of the finest. Would and assembled by genuine craftsmen? How does that sound, John, waited for the cursing and click that usually followed his introduction Jim, but the elderly gentleman was still on the line while that sounds delightful young man. I've always wanted to go to Tahiti. What do I have to do so startled was by the prospect of making an actual sale. He very nearly fell off his chair,
to Haiti is a tropical paradise, unlike any place on earth, and we'll be happy to send you on an all expense, paid visit or forward your home address. The aforementioned grandfather clock. All you have to do is agreed to purchase a gross of ballpoint pens. How does that sound? Well, that sounds like a lot of pens, young man, but if it gets me to Tahiti, let's do it John couldn't leave it. He grabbed the order form and prepared to write up his very first sale as a professional. Tell a marketer, but the old man had questions. Tell me something son. How long will I get to stay in to Haiti is this a cruise or will you fly me? They're John knew that everyone who bought the pens got the clock, John also knew the clock was made of cork and press would had held together with clean, x and spit,
but hey for ninety nine dollars. A hundred and forty four pens wasn't a bad deal right. John referred back to a script well, Sir He read, it really all depends on the lock of the draw. You could win the trip to Tahiti or you could, when the clock, the old man paused. On the other end of the line and John held his breath, while son I'm on a fixed income, you see but tell me if I buy two grosses of pens, Well, that improve my chances of going to Tahiti their men decisions in life that don't feel significant at the time. But when added up turn you into the person, you are John to his credit Go through with the sale, he told the old man. The whole thing was a scam. Then he quit the telemarketing business and redoubled his efforts to become a rock star which, in spite of his best efforts, did not
PAN out John and his band open for the remains Ikey pop and the talking heads, but that's as far as they are if John really wanted to be famous he'd, have to try something different but, as it turns out not entirely new, remember the script. The John hated so much as a telemarketing well scripts were not. The enemy. After all, and the endless rejection he experienced on the telephone that prepared him for the rejection, every actor experiences in the course of any successful career and yes, Johns career turned out to be quite the success. Thanks to the many scripts, the John brought to life, it started with a small parts in occur,
be script about a place called ELM Street and lead to a string of films that have so far grossed over three billion dollars worldwide. Which is why today, John, can play his music whenever it suits him and live like the rock star, he always thought he was not bad for a former salesman, who never sold a single pen and something to think about, next time. Your phone rings in the middle of dinner, who knows whose, we on the other end, it could be a pen salesman or it might be the next Johnny Depp anyway. That's the way I heard it.
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