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{Phone rings...}

Me: Hello?
Perky Girl: Hi!, is this Aubrey?
Me: ... um, yes?
Perky Girl: Hi! I was just calling about the room you put up on craigslist?
Me: ... craigslist?
Perky Girl: Yeah, we exchanged a few emails about a room you had available?
Me: ... I haven't exchanged any emails, I never put anything on craigslist.
Perky Girl: You didn't?
Me: ...noooooo..... I'm sorry for the confusion!
Perky Girl: Okay, um... bye!



I text my brother: "Um, any reason I just got a call from a girl from craigslist that I supposedly exchanged emails with regarding being my roommate?"

He calls back immediately, as I'm already trying to poke through craigslist (a site I've been to like three times ever, so I have ZERO idea how to navigate) to see if I can see a post that someone put up with my name and my number. I'm sorta freaking out, thinking someone is being vindictive towards me or somesuch. He gives me the brilliant idea to call Perky Girl back to get some additional information.

I so very much hate the phone.

I call her, she answers.

Me: Hi, you just called about rooming?
Her: Yes!
Me: Hi, this is Aubrey, I'm just trying to get some additional information so that I can get to the bottom of this. You said we exchanged emails?
Her: Yes, several emails, and then you said to just go ahead and call the number in the ad, 521....
Me: OOOOH.... I'll bet I know what happened. We just bought our Mom a cell phone, I'm wondering if whoever sent you to call the number either transposed numbers or thought that the number still belonged to the previous owner.
Her: .... but YOU said...
Me: That's the only thing that I assume could have happened.
Her: *huffy*... so you are saying you DON'T have anything for rent?
Me: No. Neither does my mom.

..... so. I call Mom and say, "So... you told someone to call me?" Apparently, her phone rang, she answered it, and the girl said "Is Aubrey there?" Mom told her "no, but you can contact her at...."

The only thing I can think of, after filtering out any paranoid thoughts of some vindictive, angry person sitting at a computer in a dark room, cackling "HEE HEE HEE, THIS WILL SHOW HER!", is that there is some girl here in Vancouver named Aubrey who needs roommates who just so happened to either transpose or mistype a telephone number to magically get a woman who randomly also has a daughter named Aubrey....

No matter what happened.... no, sir, I don't like it.


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Jan. 6th, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
Jan. 6th, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)

So weird, in fact, that it causes me to lose all ability to type in complete words in response to your response.

I'm trying not to dwell. I told Mom to let me know if she gets any more calls like that.
Jan. 6th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
what a trip life is sometimes.
Jan. 7th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
So far, knock on wood, there hasn't been more calls.
Jan. 6th, 2010 06:37 am (UTC)
naw. I think she wanted to verify that the phone number does belong to Aubrey. Maybe a coworkers jealous girlfriend? Coincidence my ass...
but not necessarily malicious.
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Jan. 7th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
I'd be willing to think that, if they hadn't called Mom's number first - she's only had the phone for two weeks tops and I haven't given her number to anyone but family.
Jan. 7th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
But I don't know who that knows me has MOM'S number, as I haven't given it to anyone, really, and she's only had the cell phone for a week or so.
Jan. 6th, 2010 07:54 am (UTC)

When I was in college, some guy called my room looking for an Aimee, saying it was her dad. I'm an Aimee, but it sure wasn't my dad! Turns out there had been an Aimee in that room the year before (the phone # stayed with the room, not the person) -- which was a weird coincidence.

But not as weird as yours!
Jan. 7th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
Very much indeed!
Jan. 6th, 2010 11:13 am (UTC)
That's a little creepy!
Jan. 7th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
At least a little bit, if not a little much!
Jan. 6th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
wow.. that's a crazy story.
Jan. 7th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
I'm so hoping that we won't have a repeat incident!
Jan. 6th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
Sounds like someone put your name up as a joke or something :(
Jan. 7th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
Gawds, I hope not. That was the first thing I thought, until I found out that she had called Mom first.
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Jan. 7th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
Jan. 6th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
What a pain.

Not to freak you out, but there was a story on the news here about people doing that... posting ads on Craigslist. These poor innocent people had strangers showing up at their doors asking to see their homes.
Jan. 7th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
Terrifying! I'll certainly keep everyone updated in the event people start showing up or whatnot!
Jan. 6th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
I was actually thinking of going on craigslist and looking for the ad, but I have no idea where to start, not really sure where vancouver is or what your place looks like.

Still that's way creepy..
Jan. 7th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
I feel like an 80 year old woman picking up a cell phone for the first time whenever I go on there, and a flip phone at that!
Jan. 7th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)

I almost pinged you the other day. When Remi was playing my character on WoW he was doing the latest dungeon (I don't know if you've been playing lately). And they got to this one boss where he released the snakes (I rarely use them now because half the time they just slither around and don't bite anyone)..
So everyone wipes, and nothing is left except those angry snakes biting at this gigantic boss pacing back and forth going "ARGH! ARGH! ARGH!" from the little snakes.
It's too bad they didn't down him, but it looked hilarious to see some big bad dude with an axe seemingly powerless against tiny snakes.
Jan. 6th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
A search for the number "521" in Vancouver rental listings only brings up these results: http://portland.craigslist.org/search/apa/clk?query=521&catAbbreviation=apa&minAsk=min&maxAsk=max&bedrooms=

Don't know if this is your mom's number, and still have no idea why she'd ask for Aubrey, but it's something to start with maybe?
Jan. 7th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
I found those when I was poking around last night, and two of the last four digits are the same, the 8 and the second 1, but I can't see how the numbers would have been dialed wrong otherwise, unless it was a hand-written email and they read it wrong ;)
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