I am fast asleep in my dorm room.
Unidentified male: I just wanted to let you know that I just got back, I was pretty late.
*Note- I was very fuzzy headed at this point. I think he talked for a little while, but I am not terribly sure what was said, as I was just trying to decipher what was going on, where I was, and who he was. I know he asked if he woke me up, to which I said yes. At some point, in my befuddled state, after he has spoken for a bit, I make the decision that he sounds like my dorm neighbour, C., who may be calling his roommate and got the wrong number.*
Me: Is this C?
Unidentified male: No, this is Derrick.
Me: *Laughing and thinking that he is another guy from the program, as the name sounds vaguely familiar* Oh, you've got the wrong number! I was so confused! This is Princess' room!
Unidentified male: Oh, I was looking for Sarah. Sorry, I have been having a hard time with the dorm phone system!
*This furthered my ease, as there is definitely a girl name Sarah on my floor who is in the program.*
Me: Well, I will let you go to try and reach her.
Unidentified male: Wait! We should talk! I'm never going to know who you are!
Me: *a little nervous* It's two in the morning, so I should probably go.
Unidentified male: But you sound so nice! Your voice sounds really young.
Me: I have to go. I have to get up early.
Unidentified male: You're so polite! You sound like you could be a receptionist or something! And it's so funny that you thought I was your friend-- no one every mistakes my voice for someone else.
I get substantially more creeped out, but am still rather half asleep and, for some reason, trying to rationally end this conversation rather than just hanging up on the guy. He tries to find out more about me, and continues complementing my voice and such.
Me: I really need to go.
Unidentified man: Wait! You have an accent or something! I don't even know where you're from!
Me: Bye. *click*
It was only when I woke up and became a little more clear-headed that I realized what an odd interaction that was. The guy tried to start a conversation with me at 2am! However, I just wrote it off as a drunk guy who was happy to have a young sounding woman answer his wrong number.
So I tell a friend about it. And it turns out she had the same call around the same time, with a guy saying the exact same thing (Hi, I just go back... Oh, sorry, I was looking for someone else. But who are you?). Then I find out that at least two other girls in my class got the phone call, with the whole "You sound so nice and young" schtick. Same as me, they just thought it was another guy in the program at first who had called the wrong room, so they tolerated the conversation for a few minutes before they got creeped out. Then I find out two guys had calls and hang-ups around 2am last night.
So some guy is calling various dorm rooms in an attempt to start conversations with half-asleep women, and hanging up if a man answers! The weird thing is that it didn't sound sexual at all... no heavy breathing, and he sounded so normal and consistent with the wrong number thing for the first few minutes.
I need to stop answering my phone. Can anyone teach me smoke signals or morse code?
Wednesday, July 25, 2007