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07:54 am: Reason #53 why I hate phones
It was recently pointed out to me that I had let the battery on my cell phone run down...it had been at zero charge for several weeks, as a matter of fact. I rarely ever use it, so I hadn't even noticed.

The day after I charge it up, I'm awakened by a call...at midnight. I answer with "Hello?" as always, since the only people who know my cell phone number speak English. Generally, this proves too daunting for the average Japanese person, so wrong numbers usually hang up instantly. This time, however, a man responded with "Moshi moshi?" (the Japanese telephone greeting). I tried "Hello?" again, hoping that if it were a wrong number, the person would give up.

Instead, the man started repeating, in English, "Telephone six? Telephone six? Telephone six?"

This was too much for my sleep-muddled brain to handle. I figured that, since he was speaking English, he would understand it when I said, "I think you have the wrong number." Well...that didn't work. He returned, in Japanese, "Where are you? In Tokyo?"

What. The. Heck.

I was too tired to deal with this nonsense, so I just apologized and hung up...and TRIED to get back to sleep. Geez. Phones are handy sometimes, but honestly, I really hate them.

Other than that, my week has been crawling. The first year students are off learning to ski (and the exchange student with them, though no one saw fit to tell me this until AFTER I waited around for her to show up to our weekly lesson), so I have even fewer classes than usual. I've finished reading all the books I had of immediate interest and am down to the "if all else fails" pile.

I'm told that we'll get internet at work next school year, after everything is turned over to Ritsumeikan. That's great...but NOW is when I have time to use it. <pout> I'm scrambling to think of things to do at my desk to keep myself busy. I've tried a little painting...I may need to come up with a portable sewing project or something.

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From:firesign10
Date:February 15th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)
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As I read this and got to the part where he was saying "Telephone six?" I thought you were going to say he was asking for phone sex!! *snerk* (and thank god that wasn't it!!!)

There are many small cross-stitch projects that are very portable... ;-) Especially some very cute little dragons over at www.dragondreams.com !
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From:firesign10
Date:February 15th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:February 15th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
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I thought you were going to say he was asking for phone sex!!

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Oh. My.

He might have been, and I just didn't understand his English.

@_@
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:February 15th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
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That doesn't sound too likely to me, though--I mean, how would a phone sex service charge you if they were just using a cell phone? Though I suppose he could have just been calling random numbers looking for a partner...

I'll stop now before this sounds any more like a BL manga plot.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:February 16th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
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I mean, how would a phone sex service charge you if they were just using a cell phone?

Well, there's also the possibility that he was drunk at the time and not using logic. (That's what I thought first.) Trying to get phone sex would explain why he sounded so disappointed that I was hanging up instead of chatting with him.

I'll stop now before this sounds any more like a BL manga plot.

Has that one been used before, I wonder?
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:February 16th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)
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Well, there's also the possibility that he was drunk at the time and not using logic.

I was thinking more along these lines: A) he was probably trying to call a different number and reached you accidentally B) he must have been trying to call a cell phone number (I refuse to believe it's possible to accidentally dial 090/080 AND add an extra number) C) could there be a phone sex service with a number similar to yours? D) no, because...

Which lead me to think that he may have been trying to get phone sex, but not from any service.

Has that one been used before, I wonder?

Kano Shiuko wrote a kind of similar story that I think was in Ushiro no Shoumen Darling. Of course the caller wasn't really calling the number accidentally, but he said he was.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:February 16th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC)
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C) could there be a phone sex service with a number similar to yours? D) no, because...

I figure, this is the country that has "compensated dating" rings organized through cell phones distributed to the girls, so it might be an offshoot of the same type of deal.

Or he might just have thought, "Hey, I have a foreigner on the line, let's see if I can get her to talk dirty..."
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:February 16th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
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I figure, this is the country that has "compensated dating" rings organized through cell phones distributed to the girls, so it might be an offshoot of the same type of deal.

Ah, that's true. I hadn't thought of that.
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