Challgren is a travel writer who lives in Thousand Oaks. For more info, visit loveyourvacation.com/acorn. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.Your home phone rings. You check the caller ID but you don’t recognize the number. It’s a local area code, so maybe it’s someone you’d want to speak with. You pick up.
There’s a pause, after which an overly peppy person shares news that should make your day: “Hello, I’m calling to let you know you’ve won a free trip!”
Like most of us, your ske...
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