Phone rings about 9 p.m. I answer and get the “telemarketers’ pause” — that delay you hear in auto-dialed calls. Eventually a voice comes on the line:
Me: No, no Steffen here.
T: Mrs. Breek? [So much for my deep, manly voice.]
T: Well … we’re calling everyone in California to let them know what’s going on. I’m from the U.S. Navy Veterans Association.
Me: We don’t have any money for you. We sent it all to Iraq.
–End of call.–
[Here’s a brief account of someone else’s call with the U.S. Navy Veterans Association, and here’s a Department of Veterans Affair link to info on the group. I’m holding on to that “we sent it to Iraq” line for when the Democrats call next.]