i just got ambushed at my own front door--one of the perils of being home during the day.
ding dong (dogs bark furiously and then start wagging their tails as i open the door)
kind, middle aged (wait--older, i'm middle aged and he was at least 10 yrs older than me) man standing there w/ a clip board.
he: hello--do you have time to answer four questions for a brief economic survey?
me: (four questions? sure) sure
he: have you been affected by the economy?
me: laughing, uh yes, that's why i'm home during the day
he: you lost your job?
me: (he's not taking any notes, wait, who did he say was conducting this survey?) yes, uh, who is conducting this survey?
he: it's just a local, independent survey. has the new president's plan helped you?
me: uh, no, i'm middle class, i haven't seen any benefits from the package.
he: has anyone bailed you out?
me: (laughing, but still wondering who the hell this guy is) uh, no
and here's the ambush------
he: yes, you have been bailed out by jesus christ.
me: (oh holy hell, it's a jehovah's witness (no offense to any readers who might be jws but you have to admit they get a bad rap))
then he goes on quickly to tell me how jesus died for my sins and something about heaven and yada yada the bible says this (i'm smiling and thinking dammit, why doesn't the phone ring to save me???) he asks me questions about my beliefs and faith which catch me off guard and i fumble around and make up some nice platitudes to soothe him. then he asks a question i can totally answer---are you a member of a local church? ah, yes, i say, and name the church we are members of an occasionally attend. he tells me he's from xyz big local baptist church (again, no offense if your baptist) and leaves it at that.