Friday, March 07, 2008

Proof, If Any Were Needed, That I Am A Div

INT. QUINQUIREME/BLUE CAT TOWERS - DAY

The phone rings downstairs.

ME: (answering it) Hello?

WOMAN: Hello, is James there please?

ME: He's out I'm afraid, can I take a message?

WOMAN: It's [insert name of estate agent] here. James wanted to make an appointment to a view a house in [insert name of recently slightly poshed-up harbourside village].

ME: Did he? I don't know anything about that. Shall I ask him to call you back?

ESTATE AGENT: Yes please. It's 373595.

ME: But that's well out of our price range!

ESTATE AGENT: That's our phone number.

ME: Ah.

15 comments:

Tara said...

heh. Always good to be extra cautious. :)

chuffy! said...

Six-figure phone numbers? *Tsk*. Your confusion understandable.

chuffy! said...

Additionally...six-figure property values? *Tsk* etc...

James said...

Ha Ha.

I could understand if it was a nice round number like 299,995 or something. But 373595! (if that is the real or close to the real number)

patroclus said...

I'm still getting used to having *stairs*, let alone phone numbers of an unfamiliar configuration.

Also I suspect that the dreaded 'pregnancy brain' is now kicking in, and I will be no use to man nor beast on an intellectual level for the next five months at least. Hopefully my clients won't notice any difference.

patroclus said...

James: Tragically the actual phone number was even less house price-like. I think I should go back to bed for the rest of the day.

nuttycow said...

hahaha. You actually made me chuckle out loud. Fellow workers now looking at me strangely. Damn.

Tim Footman said...

They have phones in Cornwall?

patroclus said...

Nuttycow: Ahh, if it made someone laugh then the shame and the humiliation were all worth it.

Tim: There are phones aplenty, but there are no almond pains au chocolat in the entire county. Sometimes I wonder how I survive in these conditions.

Billy said...

I've heard of telephone number salaries, but telephone number house prices. Yikes!

Occasional Poster of Comments said...

Does the brain really shrink during pregnancy, or do you just tend to have more on your mind?

cello said...

It turns to scrambled egg I think.

9/10ths Full of Penguins said...

Thanks patroclus You've brightened up my saturday morning so much I nearly woke up the person trying to sleep in the next room with my chuckling....

Christopher Campbell-Howes said...

The earliest telephone number I can remember was Titchfield 52.

We lived in a house with 11 bedrooms, a solar, an armoury and a tower. (No chaundry, though.)

Could there be a correlation?

GreatSheElephant said...

But - you were able to take a string of digits spoken to you over the phone and immediately interpret them as a large number that could be a house price.

I think your pregnancy brain works better than my non pregnancy brain. I'd be spending five minutes writing them down backwards before being able to interpret them as anything.