Being in sales for a national consulting company, I make my share of cold calls every day to corporate executives in accounting/finance/IT departments. Thus, when telemarketing companies call me at home, I tend to listen to the pitch even though I usually say no to whatever they’re selling. But lately, I’ve been getting calls from companies that want to do opinion surveys. They usually start off by telling me the name of the firm and then indicating that they’re not selling anything but want to take down the opinions of the household. But they only want to speak the male of the household. Since I’m a single gal with no husband or any real prospects in sight, they usually don’t want to talk to me once I explain. But the next time I get such a call, thinking I’ll put my cat Choo-Choo on the phone. I’ll let him meow into the phone. He is after all, the male of my household.