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March 24, 2008
Get Yourself Educated
For the past two weeks I had noticed a number of calls on my mobile phone's missed calls list from the +95 country code. The caller never left a message. On few occasions I was lucky enough to catch the phone in time to pickup but the caller would always hang up immediately. I searched the Internet and discovered that +95 belonged to the country of Myanmar.
My mind began to race. Who could it be? Who do I know in Myanmar? Was one of my friends being held hostage? Was Aung San Suu Kyi trying to reach out to me?
Last Tuesday morning I was lucky enough to catch the phone on the first ring and talk to a live person, "hello Mr. Hewsney, I am just calling to check..." It was the unmistakable opening of a telemarketing call.
I cut off the drawling southern voice of the woman on the other end of the phone, "excuse me, but where are you calling from?"
"What?"I repeated myself, "where are you calling from, my phone is telling me that you are calling from the +95 country code which is the country of Myanmar. Are you in a call center on the other side of the world?" If so, I was going to commend her on her incredible American accent!
"What? No, I am calling from the Yew-nite-ted states of America..."
I cut her off again, "well I've been getting calls from mysterious numbers starting with International code +95 all week long and I thought somebody was trying to reach me from Asia, Myanmar specifically. You know, perhaps your firm's telephone dialer is misconfigured..."
She cut me off this time, "what? where?" Now the surprise—she raised her voice from calm tones to a full scaled yell, "I AM IN DEERFIELD BEACH FLOOR-I-DAH, GET YOURSELF EDUCATED!"
And then she hung up.
Posted by jordanh at March 24, 2008 9:53 PM |
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