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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / They've Got My Number

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Southern Calif

Oct 4th, 2017 07:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Every year at around this time, some landlord in Anaheim, land of Disney and low rent districts, gets an apartment vacancy. And every year for some reason, he puts MY phone number on the sign outside the apartment house.

Apparently he's offering a great deal for the area, because the calls start coming in. Most callers speak only broken English, but I have been able to establish that there is no manager of the apartment building ........ just a sign with my phone number.

It was a relief when I got Caller ID a couple of years ago. I could more or less screen the calls.

But last month I had my "gnarly VW crash", so I've been getting calls from insurance adjusters, medical personnel and lawyers.
Thus, a Hispanic name on on my Caller ID doesn't necessarily indicate an apartment hunter. And a fragmentary block of letters might be an insurance company.

Some of them are call-backs I have been anxiously awaiting. So ..... I'm back where I started, fielding calls about a two bedroom unit 20 miles from me. Do I allow pets? How much is my security deposit?

Is the landlord dyslexic? Senile? Is this cosmic Karma for some past indiscretion of mine? If things go as per normal, the calls will stop in about two weeks. Only to begin again next year.

Oh well .... I guess it's better than some vigilante getting the wrong address off a sex offender registry, and painting "PERVERT" on my garage door in the middle of the night.

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Staten Island, NY

Godzilla the Thread Killa
Oct 4th, 2017 07:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had the issue years ago, my number had previously belonged to a party supply company. I would frequently get calls very early in the morning (I was in school at the time, so "early" is relative"), waking me up.

I eventually started messing with the people, pretending to take orders, being rude and then playing the part of the "manager" when they asked to speak to him, etc.

Not necessarily the most mature way to handle things, but I'm not necessarily the most mature person and certainly was not at age 18-19 when this was happening.

After about 2 months, when I finally realized this was never going to end, I called the phone company and got a new number, putting an end to the fun.

But the new number came with an issue too. "Michelle" would call, always during the day when I was out, and leave these long winded messages about how it had been so long but she still thinks about me, I should call her back and we should try hanging out again, etc.

Those calls happened every few months for about THREE YEARS, and she never left a number and it was the days before caller ID was prevalent.

Finally, one day, I was home when Michelle called and I had to break the news to her that she had been calling the wrong number and leaving messages for three years. She was mortified, but she stopped calling. I told her she seemed nice and she should forget about that dude who never called her back.

Really I was thinking she was a borderline psycho for continuing to call.

None of this is helpful to your situation at all, sometimes I just tell stories.

If they ask if you accept pets, say sure, only if they do as well. Building has a monkey infestation.

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Rafe Hollister is a friend of mine
Oct 4th, 2017 08:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I lived in Nashville back in the late 80s, a story came out in the Nashville paper about how the frontman for Paul Revere and the Raiders had moved to town.
My roommate at the time had the same name but his last name was spelled differently. The landline was in his name.
The phone started ringing nonstop and yes, he often pretended to be that Mark and sometimes talk with female admirers for 20 or 30 minutes.
He got lots of very interesting offers from the women callers but thought they'd figure it out very quick if he actually met up with them.

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Bakersfield, CA

Getting old is not for sissies!
Oct 4th, 2017 04:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Years ago a golf course in the Long Beach CA area changed their number to one very close to that of friends of mine (who had had their number for years). My friends would constantly get requests for tee times despite their complaints to course management.

Friends finally solved the problem by simply assigning tee times themselves. Didn’t take the course management long to change their number after that. ;o)

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the downtime
Oct 5th, 2017 05:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

mfitz804, that is a GREAT story. There are many many ways something like that could turn out.

I already have half the screenplay for the film written. Working title: Hi...it's Michelle.

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Southern Calif

Oct 5th, 2017 06:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Alternate screen play titles:

Michelle at the Sound of the Beep

Psycho Ward Pay Phone

What's Beep Got to Do With It?

These Beeps Are Made for Walking

Rolling in the Beep

In the end the protagonist changes his number, but to his horror, the phone company gives him

Which unleashes a whole new set of psychos

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the downtime
Oct 5th, 2017 06:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

LOL! I'll send this to my pal Tony Gayton.

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