Thursday, January 12, 2012

DAY 113 (7 Things about me you might not know week)

I apologize for my absence yesterday. Kicking a cold's butt.

Continuing on the them "7 things you might not know about me" be prepared to be not blown away. I am a pretty dull dame. I always read these lists on other people's blogs and love them. If I disappoint you with my uneventful list I apologize. I have resolved to be a more exciting person this year (so my next list will blow you away;).

2. I Used To Have a Huge Phone Phobia.

Completely true. I think I have just gotten over this in the last 2 years.
It all started when my Mom and brother were sick. I was about 5 or 6. The phone rang (old school rotary... this is before answering machines and call display). My Mom asked me to answer it. I had never answered a phone before and was an extremely shy girl. The phone rang once, twice a third time. "Answer the phone!" my Mom commanded. So nervously I picked up the receiver. A long pause and then a man's voice said "Hello... Hello??". I whispered "hi". "Is Jimmy there?" came from the man on the phone. I do not know why this man is calling looking for Jimmy. He repeats himself again. I look at my Mom and brother and ask them "Is Jimmy here?". Howls of laughter from the formerly-too-sick-to-answer-the-phone crowd. The man on the phone is becoming really irate. My brother and my Mom cannot stop laughing which is not helping. I finally tell the man "No". To which he responds by asking if I am  %$#& retarded? and then hangs up.

And so began my long fear of answering the phone. I have to say that such a phone call never repeated itself. Sure I have had the odd prank phone call. But nothing scared me more than that guy looking for Jimmy.


Beetlebailey said...

This isn't dull at all! I'm sitting here still laughing about it as i'm typing. No kidding.
I love your work, and I love this series!


Melissa Bothwell-Inglis said...

...priceless...tragic..hilarious!! Love that expression captured - you're such a good writer too Jen!!

*M* said...

Girl, I had the same phobia as a child. It wasn't until I was 16 and got my first day job that I was forced to start answering the phone. Now I work at a technical support desk and my job is answering the phone. *shudder*

Célèste Brott of Fashion is Evolution said...

I have phone phobia too, but it's more about placing calls than receiving them. Sadly, I'm not at all over mine. How did you get over yours?

Hannah Rosengren said...

This is unbearably adorable. love love love it!

liz z said...

ahhh i had the same phobia as well! i think i was ...8? my mom wanted me to call and thank a family friend for something. i misdialed and got yelled at by the airport control tower for pranking an important line. ..10 years later i got over it.