Have you ever received a phone call from an unfamiliar number? You probably do the same thing I do, which is let it go to voice mail and see who it was that wanted to contact me. A few weeks ago I made the mistake of inquiring about purchasing a new car online. I have probably received fifty phone calls and just as many e-mails with offers of great deals. I know not to answer because the numbers are all unfamiliar, and all from just outside of my normal calling area. You see, my phone tells me where the call is coming from, even if I don’t have this particular person’s information stored. I seldom answer, even if I do know who it is…just because I prefer to know what’s needed first, and being ready before I talk to the individual that wants to talk with me. There have been two instances where I have gone ahead and answered the phone instead though.
Don’t Answer When I Call
The first time it happened was a few weeks after I started talking with Kessabug. It was a Friday afternoon and I had just finished copying and folding all of that week’s Church bulletins. I had just turned onto the main road and was on my way to Wal-Mart. (Forgive me. I’m a small town boy.) The phone vibrated in my pocket so I instinctively reached for it and looked at the screen. It was a call from the Dallas area. I answered it, but I don’t know why. After saying hello the first thing I heard was “Oh crap!” I let out a little chuckle and said hello again. She explained that she didn’t expect me to answer because she knew that I don’t keep but 300 hundred minutes on my phone for calls. She wanted me to have her other number if her cell phone went dead. It was cute and funny – a very nice “first memory”.
Who’s Making Me Buzz?
The most recent time came this past Friday. I was sitting in my newly purchased bean bag chair, watching Kelly & Michael when the phone vibrated. I was already holding it, I like to keep up with the Facebook and the Twitter and the WordPress, if I can. It takes a couple of vibrations before the screen lights up, so I was playing the game is this a text, Facebook notice, Twitter notice, WordPress notice? After two vibrations the screen finally lit up, and it showed me something a bit peculiar. The number was a bit unusual. XX-XX-XXX-XXXX. I had never seen a phone number…with the numbers this way. I know, technically it’s the right amount of numbers, just a little different. The Country of origin underneath gave it all away though.
The Call Answered From Halfway Around the World
Under the number, in big letters, it read Afghanistan. Now, I’m pretty sure I only know one, maybe two people that happen to be in Afghanistan right now, so I answered. It was Bruddah. He wanted my Gmail so he could copy me on an e-mail that he was sending our Lodge. I told him my address and disclosed some recent news about myself. He had to run off to a meeting, but promised to call me back. About an hour later I again saw a call coming from Afghanistan. We talked for over an hour. I told him about my adventures in Austin and Dallas, and he told me about his shenanigans overseas. (Those will come in a later post.) The important thing was, he’s doing better. The work load has slowed down, and he’s gotten used to it. He’s starting to actually have a bit of fun, which makes me feel better about all the fun I’ve been having the last few weeks.
Have you ever received a pleasant surprise phone call like the ones listed above?
How do you protect yourself from the phone calls you don’t want to answer?