You know how you can kind of tell when a phone number is residential or business? Well, ours seems to follow the more business style formula, a fact I kind of noticed when the delightful cable company assigned it to us. No worries I said, at least it will be easy to remember.
Well, since our arrival here I receive on the order of 4-10 phone calls a day that are not for anyone, or business entity, that lives here. Here is a run-down of phone numbers that are eerily close to ours.
1. Local AAA- Our numbers differ by one digit. Did you know AAA is available 24 hours? We are not.
2. Sentara Health Care
3. The Yoga Studio That Often Prints Our Number as The POC For Yoga Seminars
4. Dominion Virginia Billing Dept. - Man, this one gets so many friendly people calling. I mean who isn’t in a good mood when they have to call and argue about their power bill?
5. The Carter Family- Yup, not a single one of them lives here.
6. Mrs. Kona- She lives in NY. I am married to man named Kona, but that is not my name, and odds are, if you don’t know that, you don’t need to be calling me.
7. Maintenance/IT Dept- Some guy called like 12 times in a week because “This is the number he always dials and he needs to get a work order done right now.” Sorry buddy.
The best part about this situation is just how polite everyone is. Has the convention of identifying oneself gone completely out of style. Most of these calls open with “I need a tow,” “I am not paying this bill” or “My oxygen delivery is late.” Never mind that the phone has not been answered in a manner that indicates a place of business. I am tempted to just play along. “No problem sir, consider that bill paid/ your oxygen will be there in 45 minutes/ just wait by the car.” That is just the kind of behavior that will tip my Karmic scales one notch too many. Suddenly my hand-basket is jet propelled…
See many more great lists at abdpbt.com where one strives to fight Listless Mondays.