I should have known to do this sooner. A half hour later, the telephone calls started coming in. Insurance companies. Several, in quick succession. I was, I regret to say, a little angrier with each caller. Then I came down to my office and found a dozen emails, all wanting to persuade me to change my car insurance plan. I responded to each with a curt note, requesting removal from their email lists; but I have to say I have little confidence in their compliance with my request. I'm anticipating a further squall, and perhaps weeks or months of spam.
My fault, okay. A bit of greed involved, honestly, which got me just hooked enough to lower my defenses. Checking back on the page, however (hours later, now, I discover not greatly to my surprise that I'm still the "millionth visitor") I can still find no way out of the trap without shutting down the browser. This sales tactic is dishonest to say the least, if not outright abusive.
This is the second time something similar has happened to me. The first, as I recall, a while ago, came with the offer of a free I-Pad. What a chump! I bought into it, and brought well-deserved misery upon myself. And, needless to add, no I-Pad. It should have been adequate warning. But no, I got suckered in again. There's something to be learned here about my instinctive, human greed. It's not that I'm unaware of it: I watch it coming up, I know in my heart that I'm about to make a fool of myself and that I'll have to pay for it. (This is called "karma", no?) But then I go right ahead and chase after my illusory desire. Next time, I tell myself, take a breath... and head for the exit button before it's too late.
There may be a Santa Claus, Veronica. But there's no free lunch.