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How To Play Election Dodgeball

We all know there’s another election just around the corner. Oh, how glad we will be once it’s over. Every day we are bombarded with ads, promises, debates and more promises. Then there’s the leaflets which end up in your letterbox or get shoved in your face at the train station each morning. This one is particularly annoying me as I’m a target audience. Let’s face it, I have to catch the train to get to work. They know this, so it’s become hard to escape the leaflet shoving political people.

Damn Election

Damn Election

I’ve become fed up and decided to devise some simple strategies to help you dodge the leaflet shoving political people and stay sane through this election. These simple strategies build on each other to create an almighty powerful dodgeball! Try these:-

  1. Don’t make eye contact

This one is simple but so effective. Don’t look them in the eye. Keep your eyes down. Focus on something else and you’ll be okay. I find the phone to be your best distracter. Keep looking at it, tweeting, texting or facebooking as it all helps to keep you focused on something other than the leaflet shovers.

Don't Look

Don’t Look

2. Keep your hands full

You may think this is silly but it works. Trust me, Labor and Liberal alternate each day at the station, so I’ve had plenty of practice. I find a coffee in one hand and bag in the other does the trick. I can’t take their leaflet and if you combine this one with number 1, then presto, avoidance is easy.

3. Fake a phone call

Love this one. Stick headphones in, phone in hand, coffee in other hand and talk away. Add a bit of anger and frustration through your voice in the fake phone call. They won’t come near an angry woman who’s having a bit of drama in her life. It’s like they sense the bitchenator lights and save their leaflet for another suspect.

4. Do the sidestep

This one can be a bit tricky and you need to be careful. A few little sidesteps, coffee in one hand, phone in the other, a few choice words to the fake phone call and you know, they’ve completely missed you.

5. Announce you’re voting for the other team

It’s obvious. A little crazy but very powerful. We like crazy and powerful. As the leaflet shovers approach and just as they are about to hand you a leaflet, proudly announce you vote for the other party. Bingo. Off they go to someone else. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

We Know Its Coming

We Know Its Coming

Okay, so there’s plenty of other things you can be doing to avoid the crazy leaflet shovers during this election but I hope I’ve helped you out with a few simply tricks.

Don’t forget, combine a few as a layering approach always works best.

So tell me, how will you avoid the leaflet shovers this election?

Jen xoxo

Coffee Customer Capers

In case you aren’t aware, I love my coffee. Just to refresh you, a skim, vanilla latte from my coffee shop, The Coffee Emporium, is the best way to start my day. If ever we are meeting up, one of these and I’m quite content. I may even ask you for another one, a committed customer indeed I am.

Now, coffee aside, The Coffee Emporium is a seven day operation. With shifts and rosters, this means there are different baristas across the week. Naturally, they all know me and know what I have. I joke I am their best customer. However, if they had to rely on me to keep their business going, sadly, it wouldn’t. Such a committed customer as I, the staff even get worried if I am not in every day. The other week I didn’t come in on a Saturday and they were asking a friend about me.

Jen's Favourite Coffee

Jen’s Favourite Coffee

Some know my name and some give me a nickname. The Thursday night, Saturday and Sunday Barista calls me ‘Skim Lady’. I don’t mind it at all. Of course, I told him I would prefer if it was ‘Skinny Lady’ however that is a work in progress.

On chatting with the weekend Barista, it seems he has nicknames for other customers. My girlfriend who comes in is called ‘Skim Lady’s Friend’. There is ‘Lactose Free’ lady, ‘Extra Hot’ man, ‘DL’ man (as he looks like Darren Lockyer, an ex-Brisbane Broncos footballer) and ‘Weekend’ man. All references to how we like our coffee, how we look, although ‘weekend’ man only visits the shop, naturally, on the weekend.

I felt it was only fitting I return the favour to the weekend Barista and give him a nickname. It’s taken me quite a while however I have come up with a nickname for him. Yes, it’s none other than ‘Barista Boy’. There was some debate around ‘Coffee King’ however I much prefer ‘Barista Boy’.

Do you of any shops you visit that have a nickname for you?? Or do the shops you frequent simply call you by your name?

Jen xoxo

Linking up with Kirsty of My Home Truths for another week of I Must Confess. Congrats on the big more Kirsty!!