December 12, 2008

Don't Let Paul Tell You

I sometimes get very strange messages on my voice mail at work. I thought I'd share the latest one with you.

This one sounds like someone dialed my number by accident, and didn't realize their voice was being recorded. in fact, I don't think they know they made a call at all.

In the background you can hear what sounds like a party. From the discussion, it seems to be a Christmas tree decorating party. It's all very hard to make out, but a (drunk?) girl is talking about being criticized by Paul for her choice of which ornaments to put where. And then someone else (loudly) gives us some philosophical advice about decorating a Christmas tree.

See how much of the background talking you can make out.

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Posted by James at December 12, 2008 9:21 AM
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Anyone else get strange messages on their voicemail now and again?

Posted by: James at December 12, 2008 1:50 PM

Sounds like someone has you on speed dial and the right buttons got pushed while the phone was in his pocket. I briefly (very briefly) had a cell phone that didn't have a protected keypad, it was a loaner from T-mobile, it got knocked around in my bag and called my home phone.

Posted by: Julie at December 12, 2008 1:52 PM

I don't recognize the voices and I can't imagine why anyone would have my office number on speed dial.

Maybe it was a redial?

Posted by: James at December 12, 2008 2:42 PM

Maybe a redial. Or maybe, possibly, the keypad is worse than any I've ever seen, and you were dialed randomly by a jumpy cat.

At a previous address, I used to occasionally come home to phone messages that sounded like someone from United (or was it American) Airlines answering the phone. "Hello? Hello?"

If I call my house from the office and hang up just before the answering machine kicks in, sometimes I end up with a weird dead air message, like maybe my office phone doesn't release the line right away when I hang up. Annoying.

By the way, if anyone wants to put on lots of weight, may I recommend the eggnog pancakes from IHOP? They are insanely delicious.

Posted by: Julie at December 12, 2008 3:07 PM

Anyone else get strange messages on their voicemail now and again?

Why yes, I had my fair share at one company. Let me share with you this little gem.

When I worked for a branch of Houghton Mifflin (HMI), I routinely received calls for Habit Management Institute (HMI), a methadone clinic.

One morning, I came in to find a voicemail that featured a rather high-pitched, whiny-voiced man saying this:

"Hello? Hello m'am? You said you was gonna pick me up a the train station." (He elongated the word "train" and put an extra whine into it.)

Truly the best of the weird. I have always wished that I had been able to save that one.

Posted by: Patti M. at December 12, 2008 8:21 PM

Oh - well I think I've mentioned before that I once had a message from "Aunt Minnie" who would be waiting for me to pick her up after church.

I wouldn't call it a strange message; it was just a wrong number. This was before I had Caller ID, and she didn't leave a number, so I had no way to let Aunt Minnie know that no one was going to be picking her up. For all I know, she could still be waiting.

Posted by: Julie at December 12, 2008 8:57 PM

That sounds like a ghost story.

"And to this day, they say if you stand near the church door on a moonlit night, you can see Aunt Minnie clicking her rosary beads and waiting for her ride home."

Posted by: Patti M. at December 13, 2008 8:01 AM

I get weird calls a lot, although many years ago I had an answering machine message that made me quite sad. It was from a young lady calling to tell some other young lady that she had a wonderful time the night before. She concluded the message with "I love you, and I hope you call me soon."

It was a heartfelt message delivered to the wrong number. She didn't leave her number so I couldn't call her back--and I had no idea if she had been seduced and given a random phone number. The upside is she never called back to my knowledge, so I figure it was simply a wrong number as opposed to her having been misled. But I wonder about her from time to time, wondering if she ever got back in touch with the person she had fallen in love with.

Posted by: Chuck S at December 15, 2008 4:08 PM

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