Wrong number

Yesterday, my office phone was ringing off the hook with people calling to RSVP to some board meeting.  I had no idea what they were talking about.

“Is this extension 3456 [not my real extension]?” they’d ask.

“No,” I’d tell them, “this is 7890 [also not my real extension].”

“Well I dialed 3456.  Can you just put me down for the board meeting?”

“I really have no idea what you are talking about,” I’d say and eventually, the caller would hang up as confused as I.

After this had happened enough times to be obtrusive, I contacted our service desk.  It turns out that extension 3456 is my secondary line and so calls to that number go to my phone.  It turns out further that RSVPs to this board meeting were directed at extension 4356.  However, in the email invitation sent to everyone, the sender transposed the first two numbers, resulting in numerous calls to my phone yesterday.

Apparently, however, they’ve sorted things out. I haven’t had any calls today.  At all.

Really, I don’t mind.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.