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MARTHA SEZ: Why are we asking you to take the following survey? We already told you.

Hello, welcome to Martha Sez, and thank you for participating in our survey!

This brief survey will take only 2.15 minutes of your time to complete in order that we may better serve you.

It is no use saying that 2.15 minutes, added to the sum of minutes you have already taken filling out all of the other surveys in which you have recently participated, comes out to approximately half your life. Nonsense!

How do we know that it will take you 2.15 minutes? Never you mind.

Yes, yes, you say that every time you make an online purchase, you are requested to rate your experience. And will you take a moment to complete a survey at the end of this telephone call?

Even the United States Postal Service is telling you to go on line and fill out an anonymous questionnaire about the service you just received at your PO, almost like the guys at the top are trying to get postal employees in trouble. Any excuse to get rid of your local branch.

Why is everybody suddenly asking you to complete surveys every time you turn around? Don’t ask us. We don’t know, and we don’t care. We are not the boss of “everybody else.” We are only the boss of ourself. Why are we asking you to take the following survey? We already told you. In order that we may better serve you.

Ready?

Please supply the following information: Name: That was an invalid entry. Try again.

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Email: Repeat email: Nope! emails do not match. Try again.

Email: Invalid. We already have that email address in our system.

Phone number: Someone will be calling you at some point with a secret password which will be valid for only 2.15 minutes.

Rate the following from 1 to 10, with 1 as least satisfied and 10 as most satisfied.

Rate your reaction to Ron Johnson from Wisconsin’s possible accession to the office of president of the United States.

I’ll bet you would have capitalized “president,” above.

Why must public television constantly be holding their stupid fundraisers? No sooner does one end than another one begins, and they just go on and on and on, blah blah blah, I would much rather watch commercials, why can’t they do something like the Geico ads.

Hey, coffee is OK right now according to the food police, it’s even good for you, so enjoy it while you can before it’s bad for you again. Why can men have two glasses of red wine, while women can have only one? And lots of us women are plenty big enough, so don’t tell me it’s about size. You could use bigger glasses, but then they tell you, one glass is measured at between 3 and 5 ounces. Soy is out, and I am waiting for kale for be denounced, but right now, what can we tell you, it is supposed to be good for you. You knew that eggs are OK now, right?

Ethnic or cultural identity (choose one or more):

South Sea Islander Orkney Islander Marijuana entrepreneur (Why are we asking you this question?)*

White guy of indeterminate age Same as 5., only lady instead of guy Irish plus _____ Other I consider one or more of these terms offensive.

Speaking of indeterminate age, how come, in those erectile dysfunction ads, the guy is always at least 30 years older than his girlfriend? (Why are we asking you this question?)*

Personal: List the childhood nickname kids called you behind your back, your kindergarten teacher’s middle name, first pet’s veterinarian, favorite television personality when you were in 4th grade.

Auntie Dee is not a valid response.

What did you want to tell us about Martha Sez?

1. It’s great!

2. Freakin hilarious 3. Thanks for hours of reading fun 4. All of the above 5. Thank you for taking my call.

Almost done! Simply type what you see below: X47($$$!vGT Nope! Try again.

How many of the following pictures contain a 1955 Oldsmobile? No, you can’t enlarge the photographs, just do your best.

Wrong again. Type the following: LSMFT Invalid. Remember, this cryptogram is case sensitive. Try again: 05SoOl0o\OS015i/0\ l I We’re sorry! You have timed out.

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*In order that we may better serve you.

Have a good week.