My Phone Number Showed Up on My Caller ID
When we got back from the beach, I checked the caller ID instead of playing the answering machine because I am just that lazy. I was scrolling past the names when I thought I saw my own and backed up. Wait. I hadn’t seen things. There it was: my own name followed by my own number. A call made from inside the house while we were out of town.
Which instantly called to mind every “I’m calling from inside the house” horror story told around campfires.
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I played the answering machine, but the only message was a hang up.
A hang up preceded by a moment or two of eerie silence.
I sent Josh around the house, certain that he would find someone who looked like Bob from Twin Peaks hiding in our basement, holding an old-fashioned, rotary phone. (Why was my horror man holding a phone that takes 10x longer to make a phone call? I don’t know. Because he has all the time in the world as he leaves his creepy horror messages?)
The basement was empty.
The rest of the house was empty.
That night, I Googled the situation and discovered that phone solicitors have now discovered a way to make your own name and number appear on your caller ID. They know that we all ignore “private caller” or unlisted numbers, but how can you ignore yourself? I mean, it could be future-you calling present-you in order to warn you about Twin Peaks-like, rotary-phone operating horror characters. Or it could be a robo-call. Either/or.
In any case, the mystery was solved.
But for a few hours, it was pretty damn creepy.