Wednesday, 18 July 2007 19:00

WRONG NUMBER

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Author - Doug Merrill

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Wrong Number

ONE NIGHT ON A TROUBLE CALL OF A TRANSFORMER MAKING NOISE, I PULLED UP TO THE ADDRESS . GOT OUT OF THE TRUCK AND WALKED UP TO THE HOUSE AND KNOCKED ON THE DOOR. THE CUSTOMER STATED THAT THEY KEEP HEARING THIS LOUD BUZZING NOISE AND THAT IT HAS TO BE THE TRANSFORMER. OK, SO I GO BACK OUTSIDE AND WALK ONE SECTION AWAY TO WHERE THE POT IS. NO NOISE, EVERYTHING LOOKS NORMAL. BACK TO THE HOUSE, TELL THE CUSTOMER THAT EVERYTHING IS NORMAL AT THE POLE. THEY ASK ME INTO THE LIVING ROOM AND TELL ME THEY JUST HERD IT AGAIN AS I WAS OUTSIDE LOOKING AT THE POT. SO AS WE ARE TALKING WE ALL HERE A LOUD BZZZZZT SOUND FROM THE CORNER OF THE ROOM WE ARE STANDING IN. THE METER IS LOCATED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE WALL WE HERD THE NOISE COME FROM. SO I GO BACK OUTSIDE, OPEN THE METER PAN AND CHECK EVERY THING INSIDE, ALL OK. THEN I GO INSIDE AND WE HEAR IT AGAIN, THIS TIME IT SOUNDS LIKE ITS COMING FROM THE BASEMENT, SO WE ALL GO DOWN STAIRS AND WE HEAR IT AGAIN. NOW IT SOUNDS LIKE ITS UPSTAIRS. BY NOW I'M SCRATCHING MY HEAD, THE CUSTOMERS ARE LOOKING TO ME FOR AN ANSWER, AND I HAVEN'T GOT ONE. WE GO BACK UPSTAIRS AND I ASK EVERYONE TO BE QUIET. BZZZT, AGAIN!!!! NOW I WALK OVER TO THE CORNER OF THE ROOM WERE I HEARD THE NOISE AND DOES IT AGAIN, BUT THIS TIME I FEEL THE VIBRATION THROUGH MY FOOT. IN THE CORNER OF THE ROOM SAT A SMALL WOODEN TABLE WITH VARIOUS NICK KNACKS AND A SMALL VASE, NOTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY. I LOOKED AT MY WATCH AND BZZZZZT, IT HAPPENS AGAIN!! I STARTED TO TIME THE NOISE. EXACTLY EVERY 2 MINUTES THE NOISE WOULD GO OFF. I ASKED IF IT WAS OK FOR ME TO LOOK THROUGH THE TABLE FOR THE SOURCE AND THEY SAID OK. AT FIRST I DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING, THEN I LOOKED INSIDE THE VASE AND FOUND A PAGER! I ASKED WHO IT BELONGED TO AND IF IT WAS ON! THE WIFE SAID THAT IT WAS HERS, AND THAT SHE HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR IT FOR ABOUT TWO DAYS, THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME THEY HAD BEEN HEARING THE NOISE! SHE ALSO STATED THAT HER AND HER HUSBAND WERE THE ONLY ONES THAT HAD THE NUMBER FOR THAT PAGER. I PICKED IT UP AND ASKED HER TO HOLD IT. SHORE AS CAN BE TWO MINUTES GOES BY AND THE DARN THING VIBRATES IN HER HAND, BUT NO MORE NOISE!! THE ROOM HAD HARDWOOD FLOORS , AND THE WOOD TABLE SITTING ON IT, WITH A CERAMIC VASE MADE A PERFECT SOUNDING BOARD, EVERY TIME THE PAGER WENT OFF THE VIBRATION WENT THROUGH THE VASE TO THE TABLE LEG. IT DROVE ME NUTS TRYING TO FIND IT BUT I WASN'T LEAVING TILL I FOUND WHAT THE TROUBLE WAS! WHEN THE WOMEN CHECKED THE NUMBER ON THE PAGER SHE CALLED IT AND SPOKE TO THE PERSON ON THE OTHER END AND FOUND OUT THAT THE PERSON CALLED THE WRONG NUMBER!!! I WONT FORGET THAT CALL, THE DISPATCHERS AND I HAD A GOOD LAUGH WHEN I CALLED THIS ONE IN!!

          DOUG MERRILL         P.S.E.G.

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