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The Trouble With Business Cards

The Trouble with Business Cards - My phone is ringing. I pick it up, but check the call ID before I answer it. It says private. That usually means work of some sort, so I press the button and say, "Hi, this is Ben, how can I help you," in a tone that D most recently called my Professional-Trustworthy-Worth-the-Money-You're-About-to-Give-Me-Tone. It takes me back, that tone. Takes me back to when I used to work in a cinema as a projectionist and I would have to answer the phone during busy periods. Projectionists are, really, people with a lot of spare time between sessions. At any rate, here I am, at nine o'clock at night, and I am using this tone, and then a voice says,

"Is this Ben?"

"Yeah, this is." I am mentally preparing myself for work thoughts. It's nine at night--people don't usually call then, but everyone is different. "What can I do for you."

"This is Ben, yes?" The voice is female, but that doesn't mean anything. "I'm looking for Ben."

"That's me. Who am I speaking to?"

"Could you tell me how old you are?"

I pause.

"I just--I want to know your age, that's all," she says.

That's a weird work related question, I think. "How about you tell me who you are, first."

She says, "Just tell me how old you are?"

L told me, recently, that April Fools Day ends at midday. I'd never heard that before--I figured it was a free for all the entire day. I figure a lot of people don't know the half a day rule, either. I say, "How old do you think I am?"

"Mid-twentiesh."

"There you go. Now, where'd you get this number from?"

"You have a sexy voice," the girl says. Her english sounds a little broken--I'm thinking Asian, but really, who knows. "Do you know that?"

"Seriously, where'd you get this number?"

"The internet. I got it off the internet. You must be very popular."

"Yeah, I'm so popular that complete strangers ring me up in the night to ask my age and tell me what a sexy voice I have. Now, who are you?"

"I'm sorry. I don't mean to upset you." There is a pause and I try to think of something I can say, but this isn't going to way of usual prank calls, wherein they continue to ask questions, and I get weirder and weirder, until I finally push the gross out button and they hang up. Everyone needs a hobby. She says, "I'm very sorry--look I didn't mean to cause... I'll go now. I'm sorry."

And the line goes dead.

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benpeek
Apr. 2nd, 2007 07:46 am (UTC)
yet, this remains the nicest conversation i've had with a girl for weeks ;)
shadowsandice
Apr. 2nd, 2007 08:05 am (UTC)
Eeeeehehehehe. Hehehe. Heh.
benpeek
Apr. 2nd, 2007 10:03 am (UTC)
laugh it up :P
crookfactory
Apr. 2nd, 2007 11:38 am (UTC)
Y'know you can make a story out of this.

Business card wise, can you put a post up of your card? I'm tempted to get one myself but the site didn't give me a preview of how my details would look like.
benpeek
Apr. 2nd, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
as you go further into the design it shows you, but in the morning i might photo one. they're basically little tags--half the size of a normal business card. i dig 'em. they're different. if i take a photo, though, i'll email it to you rather than glog up here.

of course, right now, i am in the middle of coming down with something--so tomorrow i expect to be filled with illness. might take me a few days.
stevenagy
Apr. 2nd, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
Such is the life of a Ditmar nominee. :-)
benpeek
Apr. 2nd, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
yeah, it's all fast cars and money.
bodhichitta0
Apr. 2nd, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
Ben it was me! I'd forgotten how old you were! That was a U.S. Midwestern accent NOT Asian. I never figured you blog about it. I'm like, so embarrassed.

:-p
porphyre
Apr. 2nd, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
MYSTERY SOLVED!!

I wish my anonymous weirdies could be solved so easily. COngratulations to the both of you on a lovely realization.

benpeek
Apr. 2nd, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
if that were true... it would be even MORE weirder! after all, she would have been calling at three in the morning. perhaps after waking up, and thinking, ohmygod, i must call ben internationally to know his age!
bodhichitta0
Apr. 2nd, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was given Ben sh*t. :-)

bodhichitta0
Apr. 2nd, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
er, giving. Tired. Didn't sleep well last night. Because I was calling Ben. KIDDING. KIDDING!
benpeek
Apr. 2nd, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
pfft. i can spot a midwestern accent miles away. you lie :P
bodhichitta0
Apr. 2nd, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
How did you EVER see through my wily story, you sleuth you? :-)
benpeek
Apr. 3rd, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
it's my obvious genius at work ;)
ex_chrisbil
Apr. 2nd, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
Well, you've officially had more romance than me this year.
benpeek
Apr. 2nd, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
yeah, it's a good year for me...
ex_chrisbil
Apr. 2nd, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
... and your cell phone provider!
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