May 25, 2009 | Last Friday evening, just as I was getting ready to go out for the night, I received a series of phone calls a few minutes apart. Each time CallerID showed CALIFORNIA CALL 760-808-XXXX. Each time when I answered it was an open line: I could hear voices in the background, but there was no response to my Hello. It was not a number that I recognized, and it's my long-standing practice to treat calls like this as nuisance calls, probably telemarketing, and immediately hang up.
Fast forward to this morning. The phone rang and CallerID again showed CALIFORNIA CALL. I answered, and it was my friend Tom. "Oh hi, Paul," he said, "you've been trying to call me?"
Well, no, actually. "You see," explained Tom, "I found several calls on my cell phone, and they were from your number."
Nope, it wasn't me.
Tom said he'd been having trouble with his phone, I said I had also had some strange calls, and we went on to chit-chat a bit, catching up since we hadn't talked in a long while.
After hanging up the phone, I went back into CallerID and checked the number of the calls from last Friday night: they were all Tom's number!
Call back. "Hey, Tom, you remember I told you I had had some strange calls? I just looked at CallerID and it turns out those calls were from your number!" "No way, I didn't call you!"
So, we each reiterated that we had not called the other. Yet— Tom's phone showed calls from me. My phone showed calls from Tom.
Now, there are several ways that a cell phone can call another number without the awareness of its owner, usually involving accidentally pressing Redial or some other keys while the phone is in your pocket. But I can't think of any plausible and probable scenario in which two phones repeatedly call each other on the same night, totally out of the blue.
Weird. As I told Tom, someone must have wanted us to talk.
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