Since Robin is in class three nights a week now and it’s my responsibility to take care of the children, I decided being cooped up in the house would probably be a bad idea. I decided to walk down to the avenue with them to pick up some Rita’s Italian Ice Water. On our way I called up my 14 year old sister-in-law to see if she wanted to go with us since her house is on the way. (I’m going to use a different name to hide the identity of my silly sister-in-law). I called and said “Hey Sarah” She asked who this was which through me for a loop, I thought I got her sister Mimi instead so I said “hi Mimi”. Sarah again said “who is this?” So I said “Sarah this is Frank the Plumber, I hear that you have a leak over there” I heard the phone hang up and wondered what the hell happened. I called back 4 times and got busy signals. Finally, on the fifth try I got through, but know one was talking to me, all I could hear is my sister-in-law in the background crying and freaking out. Someone gets on the phone and says “who is this?” and I say that it’s her brother-in-law.
Apparently my sister-in-law who just happens to be the sweetest thing was home alone and got freaked out by my phone call. She tried to call the police but couldn’t get through because I didn’t hang up on my end, so she ran over to the neighbors. Since I was already on my way I stopped by her house to calm her down and assure her that Frank the Plumber wasn’t coming over.
All was settled within minutes.
When my in-laws came home I asked them to please invest in Caller ID.
What did I learn? When calling over to my in-laws I should identify myself first and not assume that my calling there for the past 10 years would make my voice a bit more identifiable than Frank the Plumber. Second and lastly, never ever again invite Sarah for some Rita’s.
Oh, one more thing, I should probably hang signs at their house to warn all the plumbers in town that they will be arrested on site.