I just received a phone call asking me to participate in a television research study where tomorrow evening I'd have to watch a local WB affiliate's re-run of Everybody Loves Raymond and then be available to answer questions about the experience the following night. I ended up declining, despite the tempting $250 prize drawing among the 300 participants, simply because I couldn't be sure that the thing would sufficiently lodge in my mind that I'd remember to do it. I don't want to waste anybody's time. I assume they would probably want to see if I ran off and bought everything advertised on the show. I was tempted, if that was the case, just to participate so as to confuse the resulting numbers with my general non-materialism.