Voice: "May I speak to Mr. [Canoelover] please?"
Voice. "Mr. Canoelover, my name is [Capitalist Dude], calling from [Capitalist Acquisition Group] of [Giant Capitalist Company."
Me: "That's nice."
Voice: [pause]. "Er, we have been retained by an interested party who would like to pursue the goal of acquiring your business, [My Business]."
Me: "I hope you're not on commission. I'm not interested in selling my business at this time."
Voice: "Would you entertain at least a preliminary meeting to..."
Me: "Look, I love my life. I love my business. Why would I sell it? Then I'd become one of those people who sell their businesses and go nuts while their noncompete expires."
Voice: "So you are not interested in selling your business at this time, am I correct?"
Me: "Dude, you are spot-on. Call me in seven years or so."
Voice: "Okay, Mr. Canoelover, I'll convey that to my client."
Me: "I'd appreciate that."