I finally got to put my brilliant plan into action!
Late last year, I stopped passively accepting unsolicited visitors wasting my time with their agendas. I've agendas of my own to spare. So I prepared myself with my own favourite causes' pamphlets near the door.
Just like the watched pot or toaster, unsolicited botherers stayed away in droves for months. I can't complain about that.
Success at last!
Today I finally got my first pair of Jehovah's Witnesses inviting me to a special event. While it was gratifying to watch them wander around our front garden until discovering we don't have a front door, it was even more fun to accept their pamphlet and hand them mine in return.
"For me?" said one, puzzled. But they took them. I enjoyed the irony, even if they didn't.
This was far more satisfying than keeping my hands to my sides and repeating "Not interested!" until they look ready to have the door closed on them.
And unlike me, they probably don't have anywhere quick to deposit the unwanted pamphlet. They might even read it while awaiting their next victim.
But wait, there's more
I could do the same thing with unsolicited phone calls! How long do you think even the most persistent would last if I started asking for donations from them to my favourite organisations?
Remember, it's all for a worthy cause...