I had a business phone line installed in my home office about 6 months ago. I even angled for a cool number that ends in "00" so it sounds like a legitimate business line (which it is, it just happens to be at my house).
Apparently, they gave me a well trafficked number that has made it's way onto many a bathroom wall, phone directory, billboard and blimp. In addition, my "cool sounding" business number is one digit off many respectable places of business and some not so.
The latest was a call this morning at 6:26AM. Mr. Lee Russell was looking for "Helen". The fact that my last name is "Shellen" only complicated matters. Here are some of my favorites from the past couple of months:
- "I would like to schedule an appointment." "Oh this isn't the Hayward Tanning Salon?"
- "Cardiology please." "Oh this isn't Eden Canyon Hospital?"
- "Yes, we have had a raccoon here for pickup for 2 days and no one has come by yet." "Oh this isn't Animal control?"
- "Julia, por favor. Julia no está allí?"
- ... and many more.
My cell number was once owned by a guy named Dick Barkley. Dick sells air conditioning units and didn't do such a great job of informing folks that his cell number had changed. If I were smarter I would have opened an AC unit installing operation. People call Dick desperate for AC in July and August.
This is why I can't decide if this stuff is a blessing or a curse. Most of it is too funny but if Dick Barkley and I ever meet eye to eye I might ring his neck.