I just got a phone call from our U.S. Senator who is up for reelection. I got one from his wife the other day. Of course, the messages were recorded...but both times I was greeted by name. It's interesting to hear a recorded message say, "Hello, Smith family!" And I'm not talking some sort of computer generated voice. It didn't even sound like "Smith" was inserted in the sentence; it sounded like Mr. and Mrs. Senator had actually taken the time to record all three words in sequence. "Hello, Smith family!"
Now, our last name isn't Smith, but we do have a very common surname. I'm thinking maybe they just did recordings with, say, the 100 most common surnames in the state, and used a general, unpersonalized message for the rest of our state residents unlucky enough to have unique last names.
Have you experienced this? And if so, is your last name common or uncommon? Are you a Smith or a Wiggenbottom?