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Late Night Phone Call
The phone rang, waking me up. I squinted at the clock. 3:30am. What the heck? I crawled across the bed and picked up the phone.

"Is this renniekins?" I confirmed it was. "This is Pete's Porn Shop. You've won $1000 worth of DVDs and other materials in our raffle!"

My still-sleeping mind tried to engage. A telemarketer? Now? "No thanks, I'm not interested."

"But you've won the grand prize."

"Wait, what store did you say you were?"

"Pete's Porn Shop."

I just won $1000 worth of porn? That's really weird. "No, no I'm definitely not interested."

"But you filled out the card to enter the drawing. Or maybe one of your friends did. Are you even over eighteen?"

"Yeah...."

"Well you'd better talk to your friends. Because somebody filled out the card with your name. And we've got all of this pornography just sitting around..."

"Okay okay, thanks, bye."

I hung up as he was saying "bye", and he didn't call back. I stared at the phone in confusion. I was awake now, if only barely. Was that a prank call? It had to be. But who makes prank calls anymore, especially using my name and everything? It didn't sound like a kid. It also didn't sound like a voice I recognized.

He almost sounded serious. But who makes promotional calls at three o'clock in the morning? And who names their store "Pete's Porn Shop"? Well, somebody named Pete, I suppose. (Actually it might have been a different first name, I don't remember for sure.) I do fill out drawings for free stuff occasionally, but I've never been to anybody's Porn Shop. And it was the middle of the night!

Talk about a weird way to wake up. I crawled back into bed and spent some time mulling it over. I also spent some time wondering if my doors were locked, and being hyper-sensitive to any noise I heard in the house. Eventually I fell back asleep.

This morning when I remembered the strange call, I wondered if it hadn't just been a dream. But I tried *69 on my phone. It said that my last call had come from a private number it couldn't disclose, and it had occurred today at 3:30am. It offered to actually dial it for me, but I hung up. I'm not sure if it can make the call, if the number is private? I don't generally use this *69 thing. I'm also not sure what on earth I'd say if somebody actually answered the phone, if it did go through.

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sylph4980 From: sylph4980 Date: January 14th, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
do a reverse look-up of the number online.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 14th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's what I wanted to do, but the *69 wouldn't give me a number. (I don't have called id)
atdt1991 From: atdt1991 Date: January 14th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Telemarketer or prank. Scam artist is very possible.
From: stilldocked Date: January 14th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's really weird...

The fact that they knew your name...

kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: January 14th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd be giving suspicious looks towards F.
elizilla From: elizilla Date: January 15th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)
F left here around that time, so he WAS awake. However he had laryngitis, so I doubt he was making crank phone calls.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: January 16th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think *awake* was quite the right word. Alert enough to drive, yes. :)

I think the last time I prank called someone was when I was around 14 years old, before the days of caller ID. I set the modem to dial a number at 11:30 at night and had it auto-redial every three minutes. I think I shut down the computer a few hours later. No, it wasn't nice, but I was 14 and stupid.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: January 16th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
$1000 worth of stuff? Heck, I'm cheap. If I needed $1000 worth of equipment I'd make it. < grin >
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: January 14th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a good hunch who called you. Nothing to worry about, I got a similar drunk dial. It's someone we both know casually, and it wasn't them making the calls, it was the (humor impaired) drunk folks who grabbed the phone and started dialing. I got my call around 12:30am, I'm surprised they were still at it at 3:30am.

I'll prompt the quasi-guilty party to come forward. I'm 99% sure it was the same person, but it's not my place to point fingers.

In any case, it was just stupid drunken pranking. I shrugged and moved on, and got clarification this morning about why I got this strange call from someone speaking German (or was it just Drunkenese?). My caller id told me who it was, and so the WTF factor was a bit lower, I could hear drunken folks in the background and figure it out.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 14th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay thanks, that's good to know.

It probably wouldn't have been so surreal and disturbing, if I hadn't been dead asleep when the phone rang.

Additional oddity: I got a similarly weird late-night call over a year ago, that also creeped me out! That one was more mysterious though, and sounded less prank-like.
http://www.livejournal.com/users/renniekins/297846.html
rook543 From: rook543 Date: January 14th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Need to reverse look-up a number?

http://www.reversephonedirectory.com/

BTW - IOf you find out it IS a porn shop that gives away $1000 of porn at a time, be sure to let us know...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 14th, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Alas, but *69 wouldn't divulge the number.

That's right, I suppose that was awfully selfish of me to refuse the prize, huh? If they call back, I'll definitely get more information for you all!
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: January 15th, 2006 06:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps it's time for another anonymous-replies-allowed post. To find out what porn people would want. (Specific titles, stars, etc.)

Could get kinda scary, though.
the_leewit From: the_leewit Date: January 14th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Crazy...
annielaurie From: annielaurie Date: January 14th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Considering they knew your name, and the time of the call, it's a safe bet it was someone you know having their own little joke at your expense. Probably mind-altered considering the actual time of day.

But it was funny-- thanks for the chuckle! (Although I've been on the other side of those late night phone calls and they do suck because it ruins the night's sleep!)
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: January 14th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I woke up at 5AM this morning when I heard my answering machine read out the number calling before it gave out the usual greeting and since I didn't recognize the number even though half asleep I didn't pick up. I checked the phone at 7AM and I didn't recognize the name either and didn't bother to call back since they hadn't left a message and I assumed it was a wrong number. Wish they'd been a little more careful with their dialing at that time of day.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 15th, 2006 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Ugh, yuck. I hate being woken up by the phone.
From: 111466 Date: January 14th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
New Year's Eve:

I answered the telephone around ten to hear a man's voice say, "I'm at the crossroad of X and Q streets. Can you give me directions the rest of the way to your place?" I didn't immediately place the voice, so I asked who was calling. He refused to tell me, then said, "This is J., isn't it?" Against my better judgement I confirmed, then asked again who he was. He again refused to say but asked next to speak to my Dad.

I went downstairs, relayed the message and said, "I believe it's Mr. Such-and-So, but I'm really not sure." Dad picked up the receiver, listened for a moment, then hung up.

Two minutes later, the phone rang again and Dad answered it. It turns out it was our former neighbor, as I'd suspected. He was drunk (78 years old) and thought it'd be fun to call with a phony flat-tire story.

Dad read him the riot act and he apologized. I honestly don't know what goes through some people's heads.

Do forgive if I've mentioned this already. It still pisses me off.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 15th, 2006 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Sheesh, how rude!
tedwords From: tedwords Date: January 14th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
$1000 of porn! Woo-hee! I could have filled out those missing editions of "Girls Gone Wild" I've been looking for...
nishar From: nishar Date: January 14th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
That had to be a prank call. Any business would have called during the day, ( am to 5 pm. A lot of porn shops are open 24 hours but they wouldn't make that kind of call at 3 am.
thelifeofbrian From: thelifeofbrian Date: January 14th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
No caller ID? Umm, why not? Unless you're still using SBC, it's part of the basic flat rate package of most of their competitors for local (land line) phone service. I'm using Sage Telecom myself, and it's in there.

I'm not quite ready to advocate VoIP phone service, given the still far too regular outages of the cable internet providers and some oddities of the E911 facilities.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 15th, 2006 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm still using sbc... I stripped my landline down to a bare minimum a couple years ago. I don't talk on the phone much, I'm not home often, and I have a good cell phone I mostly use. Still, I like having something, so I haven't gotten rid of it yet. I haven't shopped around in ages though, perhaps it's worth it?
thelifeofbrian From: thelifeofbrian Date: January 15th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think so. I did the research a couple years ago, and Sage had the best rate. I hear that Talk America is good, too. Even the most basic packages include all the things that you pay extra for with SBC. The clincher for me was that with Sage, there were no more zone calls. Everyone I call in the metro area is a local call.
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