Oct. 12, 2009
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
I have to give props to the Phoenix Ryder truck local franchisee who somehow managed to send a telemarketing pitch from his Phoenix operation to my apartment in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh.
Bear in mind that I don’t have a Saudi driver’s license and I would be dead meat within minutes if I tried to actually negotiate what is loosely called traffic here — it’s more like a carnival Dodgem Car ride.
Nevertheless the gentleman reached across North America, the Atlantic Ocean, a goodly part of Europe and the Arabian Peninsula to touch my VoIP phone. He seemed to think I needed a truck.
Well, I could use a truck, in fact. But I think I’ll stick to cabs and the jitney buses that blur down the streets at a cost of a mere 2 riyals (about 50 cents).
In case “VoIP” is new to you, I’ll just say that it’s essentially a matter of using your computer to make telephone calls via the Internet. As it happens, I set mine up with a 602 area code, which is how the Ryder guy mistakenly (one hopes) called me and left a message on my VoIP voice mail.
All I can do for you, Mr. Ryder Truck Man, is quote the Dead: Keep on truckin.’