I know that many people no longer have land lines but we still do. The only phone that shows the Caller ID has bit the dust and I'm lost without it! Not only am I hooked to the wall when talking on the phone, but I have to answer without knowing who is calling!
Back in the dark ages, before any form of Caller ID, we'd be plagued with weird phone calls. Hooligans would call after midnight to ask if our fridge was running. We got calls from an irate man demanding to talk to the sheriff whose last name is the same as ours. Solicitors would call all hours of the day, hoping to sell a magazine, tickets to the circus, or a freezer full of food. And of course, there were the obscene phone calls.
In the early 80s, I got calls frequently from a man who would ask strange questions that usually started with, "Have you ever...?", or "Would you like to...?", or "What if I...?" It was maddening. Many times I called the operator to see if there was anything we could do to prevent him from calling. Nothing was done about it. I banned the kids from answering the phone, hoping to prevent them from hearing his lewd, demented remarks. One evening, after a period of several weeks, with no phone calls from my friend, the phone rang. Camille, who was 7 years old at the time, answered it. I could tell by the confused look on her face that she wasn't talking to Grandma. I immediately grabbed the phone from her, put it to my ear and heard his voice. Completely frustrated and enraged that he'd talk to my daughter, I said in a threatening tone, "We are having your number traced! Don't you EVER call again!" I slammed down the phone, then turned to Camille who had a scared and bewildered look on her face. With my heart racing I asked, "Honey, what did he say?"
In a sheepish voice, she answered, "He asked, 'Does your mom have big BOOTS?'"
Hmmmm! He must have been a shoe salesman! Anyone who knows me or who have followed my blog for any length of time, know that I DO indeed have big boots. Size 11 to be exact! (As for what he really asked...I'll leave it at that)
I'm going out NOW to buy a phone with a Caller ID display!
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