The man who says to me down the phone ‘we have heard that you or a member of your family have been involved in a minor traffic accident’ phoned agin today. Sunday. The last time he phoned I was angry and said ‘No. You are lying.’ and ‘Fuck off!’ and slammed the phone down. The poor guy rang back immediately and said ‘you motherfucker’ to me before slamming down his phone or clicking it off on his switchoard or whatever. I felt bad afterwards. Poor guy. It wasn’t his fault he had to lie. So this time I didn’t want to be so brusque. When he said the time-worn words ‘we have heard that you or a member of your family have been involved in a minor traffic accident’ I said ‘Oh? Which member of my family is that? He said he didn’t have that information. Anyway, I ended up using the word ‘lie’ after which he changed his tack uselessly and said ‘perhaps it had been a household accident?’ ‘No,’ I said. ‘No accidents. I and no member of my imaginary family have ever had any accidents.’ End of conversation.
He’ll phone again in acouple of weeks. I need to try another tack. It is a strain on my inventiveness.