Monday, March 31, 2008

An unexpected elderly friend

It appears that we at a boy, a girl and a pug have horrible luck when it comes to having a home phone number. When we first moved into our house I debated on maybe just using our cell phones instead, but we decided to go ahead with it more for peace of mind incase boy's work couldn't reach him or a family member in an emergency. And so far I believe the only people that call us on this number are my parents, boy's parents and Barack Obama. And something tells me after November he will not be calling for anymore pre-recorded conversations.

We began with our first phone number and with in hours of plugging in the phone we realized that the previous phone number owners did not like to pay their bills. Now not only is it bad that we'd get calls consistently throughout the day but more so the fact that when they'd ask to speak to Mr. Marshall (the previous owner) and we'd reply you have the wrong number they'd get really ticked and reply "Yeah right!!". It was a no win situtation and after 9 months of unsuccessfully trying to convince collectors that I was not in fact Mrs. Marshall and if I an extra grand laying around I'd be sure to give it to them so they'd quit calling, I requested a new number.

And with that number came Judy. Oh sweet Judy. Judy is an elderly lady who is in a desperate attempt to talk with Lynn. I kid you not that we receive at least 8 calls a week that go something like this.

Me: Hello?
Judy: Lynn!!!!
Me: No Judy it's me.
Judy: Oh no I've done it again.

And after wishing her well and reminding her to hit the 1 instead of the 8 I become very aware that we will repeat this same conversation shortly. It's sort of like the movie "Groundhog Day"...only worse.

10 comments:

Allikaye's Mama said...

Funny! I had a wrong number from an elderly lady once who asked if she could schedule a mammagram! But it wasn't a recurring thing like yours! That's great!

Tam said...

awwww...that's actually kind of cute! i can almost hear her shaky old voice. and of course i hear you being just as sweet as pie to her. right?

=)

S2 said...

We must be on the same list because Obama calls here frequently as well, which is really rather pleasant since he's so busy these days.

CUTE doggy!

Julia said...

Tea just came out my nose while reading that. Funny!

The Roaming Southerner said...

That is hilarious...have had the same dilemma when move from place to place...
oh! I tagged you for a MeMe on my blog

The Ames Family said...

I used to work at an OB/Gyn Clinic that had a similar number to a trashy motel in town. One day, a dude called asking if we had "hourly rates" for our rooms. I thought.. 'Why are they wanting hourly rates on an exam room?! That's kind of strange... Do we DO that?!' After asking our office manager she said to give him the number to the "Red Bud". I have also been called on my cell phone numerous times by a guy... He leaves a message on MY voicemail saying, "Hey Frank... I'm really needing you to return that trailer!"

Erin said...

That is so great! That story put a big smile on my face.

Page said...

Such a sweet old lady! Do you have caller id?? I, too, debate about getting rid of our home phone line since we get telemarketers ALL THE TIME.

thecheekofgod said...

There's a band I used to listen to quite a bit called Chagall Guevara. On their only album, released a long time ago, there's a song called "The Wrong George." It's an answering machine recording of a conversation between a member of the band and this little old lady looking for George. She's really confused, has a hard time hearing, and the guy is too nice to just tell her off and hang up. They get into his family history as he tries to convince her that he never lived in this certain area and she's genuinely flummoxed that he's not the right George. It's a jewel and came to mind after reading your post.

You should invite her over for coffee. Maybe she's an awesome cook and will bring cookies! Or maybe she'd be willing to dogsit pug? Who knows?

Joel, Dot and Judah said...

Oh, no. I feel so sorry for people like this. I want to cry for her. :)
I just have a cell b/c the only people who called our home was telemarketers. I love it.