September 14, 2005

Tales from the new house...

So when you move you expect to get some mail from the previous residents, right? The junk mail you toss, the catalogs you keep and look through, the bills and letters you mark to be forwarded.

But you don't expect phone calls. Usually the phone company keeps a number dormant for at least 6 months before reassigning it. In the the last 3 days we've had at least 4 "wrong number" calls, 3 of them in the SAME DAY for a guy named Matt, one for a chick named Brenna.....

Either that or Matt is giving out our number at a gay bar.....

Posted by caltechgirl at September 14, 2005 08:07 PM | TrackBack

When I first got my new cell phone two years ago, I got call after call for "Tawana". I think she might have been a lady of the evening from the calls. And the calls from her creditors, and then the calls from federal prison. Fun!

Posted by: Ith at September 14, 2005 08:19 PM

Ugh. So annoying. I've had this problem with my 2 of my last 3 numbers. With our number here it took well over a year before we quit getting them. Whoever it was that had it didn't like to pay his bills, apparently. Silly person. I had a similar problem in Pensacola but it was much shorter-lived.

The number I had in Fresno last kept getting bombarded by, of all things, a mortgage guy and a school. Both had the wrong number for different people and the calls were always when I was at work. I resorted to an answering machine message that said, "Hi. You have reached *number*. Mr. X doesn't live here. In fact, I've never even heard of him. I'm sorry, but you have the wrong number." (Or something close to that, Jay would remember.) Anyway, much fun was had by all and that cleared it up pretty quick. :)

Posted by: Deb at September 14, 2005 09:02 PM

Yep, same thing here. We've had our number for almost a year, and still sometimes we get requests to talk to "Mrs McGee".

Posted by: Amanda at September 15, 2005 02:25 AM

I get collect phone calls from Chico State Prison. I once had 40 messages in one day on my answering machine.

I could have them blocked, but what about when I actually know someone in prison?

Posted by: Bill at September 15, 2005 06:18 AM

When I was growing up, we would occasionally get calls for "Latisha". This went on well after we were in the house for five years.

As for the mail, I still occasionally get the last people's mail, and they moved out in 1999! I think people often don't bother to change their mailing addy so they can avoid the bills.

After I leave my current apt, the next people are going to hate me. I get tons of junk mail, and I suspect a good chunk of it will be their problem.

Posted by: Ben at September 18, 2005 08:44 PM