bad phone karma
So we moved recently. To a bigger, nicer place. Which is great. But along with our address, we changed our phone number.
You see, our previous phone number was previously (previously) the fax number of a modelling agency. When we first got the number three years ago after moving back from London, we got about 30 faxes a week. We figured it couldn't last, so we didn't immediately complain. However, as of two months ago we were still getting 5-10 a week, often in the middle of the night. Certain websites' disinterest in removing our number from their agency listings probably didn't help.
We therefore asked for a new number when moving. That was fine, and while not quite as memorable as the old number, it was still pretty good. We got a few odd wrong numbers the first week, but didn't think much of it.
Well, it's been a month now, and we're still getting a consistent few wrong numbers a week, and S finally figured out what was going on, from the tone of voice one of the callers used. Turns out our number is listed in the new, just came out last month yellowpages as...an escort agency!
Yup, someone just called. "Hi, I'd like to hire an escort."
Well, that explains a few things. You'd think they'd fallow these numbers for a few months! Sigh. OTOH, if this was their normal call volume, I can see why they went out of business. And at least we know how to answer the phone now. S has been practicing her derisive laugh.