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March 2007

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Kerflooey - March 7

I wondered what else was going to go kerflooey today after an early-morning power outage. That one lasted a couple of hours, based on how wrong the clock was when power was restored. While there was no power, I did one thing appropriate to do under the circumstances...I went back to sleep.

After I got up and collected my wits, along with some e-mail and some brunch, I went out to run an errand. I left the snail mail to be retrieved on the way back. That turned out to be a very good idea, because there was something in the mail that pissed me off.

It was a letter from a drug company I don't know of, offering to include me (by name) in a clinical trial of a new treatment for a medical condition I don't have. They assured me, in fine print, that they had gotten all my personal information from "publicly available information." I'm thinking phone book.

I've never seen such advertising before. Is this something common that I've just managed to miss? If so, I hope I miss any further such attempts because I think it's a pretty sucktastic recruitment method.

In any case, since I definitely don't have the problem they want to remedy, I will not be taking them up on the offer.

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