Friday, October 10, 2008

Odd hours...scary messages!

I wish people would not call me at odd hours. These being the hours between midnight and 9:00AM.

No, its not because I am unavailable. Not because it interrupts me. Not because I am in no mood to talk to anyone during these hours, or because I am sleeping.

Its because a phone ringing at odd hours scares me! Millions of thoughts run through my head about what could be wrong that they had to call me at that hour! So far, it has always turned out to be nothing, (touch wood!), but it still makes my heart skip a beat, fearing the worst!

I got 3 missed calls at 6:00AM today, I did not even hear the phone ring as I was fast asleep. Saw 3 missed calls and 3 new messages when I did get my phone out of my purse at 9:00AM. No caller-id meant it was from India. Instant panic! Listened to the messages, and turned out someone was trying to find someone who I happened to know. Was relieved to know it was nothing really, and then upset, because, WTH! Why scare me like that!? Everyone who knows me, knows that I get up only after 8:30, so how hard is it to remember that?

And how hard is it to leave coherent voice messages?
My sister called me once at 1:30 on a Friday night (which is fine, she knows I sleep late), I ran to get the phone, but it went to voicemail, and this is the message she left "Its didi, don't know what to say, just call me whenever". I was SO scared! Called my husband and asked him to sit by me, while I called her back. And she said, oh, I didn't call for any particular reason, so that's why I said "don't know what to say". She might have shortened my life by a few seconds there! How I wanted to strangle her!

Oh well...some things will never change! Hmphh!

38 comments:

Kanan said...

Oh how I hate that too. Specially the folks who call up at like 4 PM in the afternoon in India because they’re too busy to care for things like time zones. And the freaks that don’t leave a message, I want to sue them to pay me $100 each time they don’t leave me a message. I’d become a millionaire, I tell ya! Some day I will get real pizzed off and blog about it, you see.

aneri_masi said...

The messages I got today were "classic"!
First one...no voice. Only some sounds.
Second one..."hello...calling from Mumbai"
Third one..."...ptesh? Kashmira?"

That's how I knew who was calling and for whom!!

Vrij said...

Oopsie.. thats scary! Even my aunt gets worked up if anyone calls after 9PM and before 7AM !! And one she got a 'wrong number' call in the middle of the night!

And what luxury.. waking up at 8.30.. wow.. I'm already at work by then! First ur huge mansion, now this.. how more can u make me jealous of u!

Veens said...

ohh@@!! yah!!! even here!! i hate it when smeone calls in the middle of the night sigh!!

and u knw wat....dad plays pranks on us...by calling in the middle of night and laughing.. HAHAHA..

last time he did that... we were all immersed in the horror movie 1920 ...**sigh** Gudia literally jumped and got scared with the HAHAHA on the phone :-D

sigh!

kya karein :)

carolinagal said...

OMG!! I totally know what you are talking about!! I am the same way...i hate people calling at odd hours...especially when they don't even leave a message sometimes!

Ankur said...

omg... same same!!!

I get nervous when my mum calls me in the daytime (coz we generally talk every night), and even if i m in a meeting and i disconnect, she keeps calling!!!
It scares the hell out of me!! :(

Just today morning, while i was sleeping, at 7:30 i got a call from Assam, it was like... omg wat, coz my buha and cousins live there and i generally call them... so i was like, and then my nephew's voice was there, which acted more into it.... i was sleepy, and i was horrified if everything is right!! :(

the only time i become happy is when i see some frnd or preety gal calling me at wee hours!! :D :D
heheh!!!

It pays a lot to be far away from parents and home.... always!!!

Ankur said...

and chalo.. finally 101!! :D

i m happy!! :D

aneri_masi said...

@vrij, speaking of wrong numbers...we once got someone insisting that some Marianne lived with us. We kept saying and she kept asking us, are u sure? And yet another one who kept insisting that my number (which I have had for the last 6 years) is her husband's number. And she called twice in a row early in the morning!

And don't be jealous yaar...who knows my mansion (which it certainly isn't, its quite small) might not be a "home", and i might be waking up so late because I have nothing to look forward to in the day? To me, you have an equally blessed life :) Doubly blessed now with Vidip!

aneri_masi said...

@veens, now thats totally hilarious :)

aneri_masi said...

@cg, isn't it scary and frustrating? Thankfully my parents never do that. In fact, even when my mom did have a heart attack, dad called me only at a decent hour, to make sure I don't wake up to shock.

@ankur, u got it dear, its hell sometimes staying SO far away from family.

¢яŷştąŁ said...

**a phone ringing at odd hours scares me!

Wooo!
Thats a queer habit,lady :O
You need to get iver frm it..but yes,I agree..sometimes they can scare a person!!

Take care,dearie!! =)

aneri_masi said...

@crystal, its not weird, and its not a habit. Its more of instinct. Just ask anyone who is away from their family...

D said...

I know that feeling too. And not without reason: have had bad news to delivered to me at the crack of dawn... Ever since, I've been mortally scared of early morning or middle-of-the-night calls. And curse people who call up for no reason like that!

♥bμşγ-ŵŗϊŧēŕ♥ said...

rofl, i don't knw why, but i really found this funny!

Solitaire said...

Haha!! I guess people forget their others' lifestyles differ from their own. Also, people from India are forever miscalculating the time in the US.

Renu said...

This is so true and my whole family gets scared with any call at odd hour,so iam myself very careful about not calling my children at any odd hr, they get unnecessarily worried.About the miscalculation of time, yeah my daughter also keep saying that evrybody forgets the time and calls her in the early mornings on birthdays anniversaries, sometimes even around 3 am:(

Ria said...

How true, i wud kill those ppl. I also get scared when i call somebody several times and they dont pick up. Like the other day i was calling my guy and he wasn't picking up and after a while his phone came as switched off!! Imagine my condition...i was so scared and i blasted him off when he called me after half and houw.

~ ॐ ~ said...

hmm... i guess it scares more when you are at that distance !

some of my friends work odd hours and they calling me at that time is kinda ok... but when they call me at the right time, its scary :P

Arunima said...

hey...that's so true.
It happens,the 1st thought that cums 2 mind ven phone rings at odd hours is alwaz negative.

ceedy said...

/some things will never change/

good you realize that :)

¢яŷştąŁ said...

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DeeplyDip said...

i agree with you...calls at odd hours scares me...lol..the message your sis left was hilarious!

vishu said...

Lol... well yes ..without aclear message.. the ambiguity must have scared u ... :P

i dnt pick up unknown no's.. frustate hoke bad me padti hai gaaliya but i do it again....

then sumtimes i just dnt pick up the fone..aise hi..and the after the first ring switch it off... this also makes the friends pissed off..one of them ... y... even texts me first before calling... "can i call u"... LOL... talk about feigning to be important... lol

vishv said...

and u really get up at 8.30 ?? that is a bit late ?? office der se ho to bhi...thoda jaldi utho... office ke bajao ghar pe bhi excercise karo

τ ħ€ ĐάЎđяёάmёя said...

Yeah ! i t scared too seeing an unknown number...
it's simpley horrible jab wo kisi credit card company wale ka hota hai :D

Pri said...

yaaa can totally understand...it is irritating only because u tend to get worried....
but think about it...an odd-hour-phonecall could be a messenger of good news too...good news which cant wait to be told until tomorrow :)

think of it that way and itll no longer bother you....

Ekta said...

hahah
well i can completely imagine and relate...even I am wary of these calls at wierd hours....but i hate them for another reason...which is more than often they disturb my sleep!

Mishra said...

I love anonymous phone calls as well as wrong numbers.They are so much fun :).But ofcourse, after a rough day,one would not appreciate that after 3 in night.
Heard a lot about you.Finally managed to snail down here.
Have a nice day Ma'm

Manasa said...

Even my mom panics when she receives phone calls at odd times..

R3d3MpTioN said...

Arre .. if someones bored at 1.30 and doesn't have nething to do.. then he/she'll call someone they know and wanna talk with naa ..!! and itna worry kyon ..!! I am on ur sis' side .. she had every right to call..!!
wrong numbers though, are another story .. wahan pe ill take ur side .. :)

aneri_masi said...

@d, like i have said before, you truly are my twin :)

@bw, funny? why?

@sol, yeah, i know :(

@renu, birthdays and annivs I don't mind, since I am expecting calls all the time, but other than that..its not funny!

aneri_masi said...

@ria, poor guy, and poor you too :) where had he disappeared?

@om, yeah, i guess its the distance more than anything else. and abt your friends, that is expected na, so not scary :)

@arunima, exactly!

@ceedy, i realize it, but it still is irritating!

aneri_masi said...

@crystal, abhi aake le jaate hain :)

@deeplydip, yeah..now it sounds hilarious, but then i was like what the heck's happened?!

@samby, yeah, it was scary. and tu itna bhaav khaata hai? ;)
and daddyji, hum to 8:30 se pehle nahi uthenge, kar lo jo karna hai :)

aneri_masi said...

@sourish, thankfully, i don't get any telemarketers on my cell phone.

@ekta, yeah that too...you're half asleep, and u dont even know whether it was a dream or an actual call!

@mishra, welcome :) u heard a lot abt me?! kya? anonymous calls here mostly mean its from India, so I kinda know where its from.

@manas, its just natural, isn't it?

@redemption, sure she had a right to call, and we spoke for a long time when i called her back, but yeh kya message hua?

niceguy251 said...

Aneri Masi,

First visit to your space. Read some of the posts. For Diwali, since this is your first after marriage, I would suggest do up your house as per your and family's liking, light some diyas at night, firecrackers but of sparkelers type would be fine,nice spread for dinner specially some sweet dishes of Indian varieties and last but not the least do thank whichever God you believe in for all you have.

Any call at odd hours does make heart skip a beat. I do not know why people do not understand this simple thing.

Take care

Macadamia The Nut said...

The last 3 calls I received at odd hours was bad news about my mom, bro and gran.... SO I HATE the freaking ring after decent hours.
But the clan still don't understand. The least they can do is acknowledge the time difference? BAH!

Vimal Gasper said...

your sis made me laugh... :D

Mimi said...

Ohh I hate those calls too...:( Glad it was just sily calls.