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05:47 pm: Not Me
I was awakened by a phone call asking for Chris Fish. I asked what number they'd called and they gave me mine, so I told them Chris Fish didn't live here, just me. Now, they've called before, and I told them the same thing, so I wonder what they think Chris Fish did. I don't even know Chris Fish's gender.

I wrote a letter today that Lucila wanted. It's for the immigration lawyers who are trying to get her a green card. The problem is that I was supposed to write as a friend, and I wasn't going to lie (she cleans for me and we wave in the parking lot), so I didn't say much and it was rather vague.

Spirit used the litterbox today!

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Date:January 22nd, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
About that phone call: is it possible that Chris Fish, whoever he/she is, had your phone number before? Happens to us - still after over 12 years. We get phone calls for a Barbara ..... who had this number back then.
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Date:January 22nd, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Nineteen years is a pretty long time. Plus, I would have guessed from the tone of voice that it was a collections agency, and they rarely wait that long. I had someone call for a Gail today, but as soon as I asked what number they called, they said they had the wrong number and hung up.
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Date:January 28th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
Never ever say that you live alone! You've just made it easier for anyone casing your place. It's a tip I picked up from the local news a few years ago. Apparently some crooks were going through the phone book and looking for single women to victimize.
Interestingly, I've been getting calls on my cell phone for a "Lisa". First one seemed to be her boss, he was pretty upset that he had the wrong number. Then yesterday I got a call from a college financial aide officer. I got the impression that this Lisa must be young, late teen to early 20's. She probably got a new phone and memorized her number wrong. Pain in the neck for me, but its going to be very upsetting to her, when she discovers that her banking info is being texted to me! LOL
I hate having to write reference letters, especially when you aren't really friends with the person. We have neighbors that wanted to adopt. I think they are very nice people, but rather ineffective as parents. They have a child that completely ignored the mother and was a spoiled, rude brat. (I haven't interacted with him in several years, so hopefully he's improved)A few years ago, they asked me to fill out a reference form. It was really hard to be honest without being negetive. I think my answers ended up being very neutral, so I have no idea if I helped or hurt their adoption.
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Date:January 28th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, half the world knows I live alone if they google. I'm pretty secure here.

I haven't had to write a reference letter for a long time, and this is the first time I've had to be so vague. I know some people, too, who I wouldn't want to adopt more kids!
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