Saturday, June 04, 2011

Phone Calls from the 4th Dimension

A few days ago:

Blue Oyster Cult's Don't Fear the Reaper rings out clearly as my phone lights up. I reach out and pick it up, not recognizing the number and hoping that I don't have to be rude to someone trying to convince me to buy insurance I don't need. 

Rovanski: Terra! You were looking for me? I saw a missed call from you.
Me: Oh. No, no.. I wasn't looking for you
Rovanski: Oh, you probably wrongly called me then. Bye.
Me: Bye.

Strange. Rovanski's number was not in my phone, and yet he received a call (which he missed) from my number even though I was conscious and my phone was with me all the time. Besides, I don't really call people on their mobile phones unless it is an emergency and only after I've exhausted attempts at all other forms of communication. I thought it was just a one time thing, but I was clearly mistaken.

A few days later:

The phone rings again, and it's Rovanski again although I still didn't recognise the number as I haven't added it into my phonebook. Yet.

Rovanski: Hey, you called me three times earlier today? Anything?
Me: No, I didn't call you. Are you sure it's my number? 
Rovanski: I'm calling you back using the number that I missed the call from. Check back your outgoing calls.
Me: Your number's not there. It's really weird. I should talk to (insert stupid service provider's name here)

I haven't actually spoken to the service provider because I don't really know how to explain what is going on without sounding like a moron as it would imply that there's a duplicate of my number running around making calls to unsuspecting people who are not even in my phone book.

Photo flicked off interwebin. 


  1. Happens to me too. I get calls from clients asking me if I missed called them. Makes if seem like I'm too cheapskate to pay for calls.

  2. I wanted to comment on your previous post on the resurrection of your blog but couldn't find the link. So, here - welcome back, Terra Shield!

    This sounds odd. Maybe someone's fooling around, or some sort of mobile phone scam?

  3. Thanks, LMC. It's good to be back. Funny how I realised that i wasn't over blogging only after I had pulled the old blog down!

    As for the phone, I don't really know the issue yet, and Rovanski hasn't called again to ask if I called him, so for the moment all is good. Still need to get the bottom of this, though. Will let you know if/when I find out.


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