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Marilee J. Layman

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07:18 pm: Another Missed Day

I watched some shows on tape and was really sleepy. It was 9pm and I was considering going to bed and reading the paper today. I talked myself out of it and read the paper, going to bed to read by midnight. I was wide awake and full -- needed 15gr more of protein -- so I read until 3am then came out here and had three of the little Babybel cheeses and hot tea. I went back in and was still not sleepy by 4am so I decided to read until 5am. I went out to get the paper and then to bed by 5:02am. I was still awake by 7am. Then about 10am, I got three very close phone calls by the same person. She was clearly one of those debt collection people -- she wanted to know if anybody named Kimberly Parker lived here or if I knew where she was or had any association with her -- and I kept telling her I'd had this phone number for 19.5 years, and perhaps she had the wrong area code. I finally got up at 2:30pm.

I took the trash and recycling out and went to Joann's to get a fabric glue, using a 40% off coupon I had from Sunday. I forgot to bring the cart in -- I want to take the cardboard out tomorrow -- and now have it here.

I put Roseanne Cash's Black Cadillac in the CD player; I really like that. She also did a CD after her dad died called The List that has covers from her dad. It's a really good album, but I like Black Cadillac better. Her composition is wonderful and the songs have a much stronger narrative -- following the death of three relatives -- that reflects her life.

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From:dewline
Date:January 6th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
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A debt collection operation with info twenty years out of date? I've heard of stories about weirdness in that field on the radio from time to time, but that's some kind of record.
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 6th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
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Well, I don't really remember the name of the woman so many years ago -- it was a woman -- but all the calls are very similar.
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From:heleninwales
Date:January 6th, 2011 11:24 am (UTC)
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Well, either someone has written a number down wrong or they could be clutching at straws.

I had a lot of trouble when I first got a mobile phone with a contract because the number had previously belonged to a chap who had done a runner and defaulted on lots of debts. Actually the real human debt collecter chappie was fine. He believed me when I told him that I had no idea who this defaulter was and I never heard from him again. The worst were the automated calls because there was no option to speak to a person.

You would have thought that they'd have realised that the easiest thing to ditch would be the mobile phone, but they persisted in trying to contact the defaulter that way. I made several phone calls to the bank to point out their mistake, but in the end the calls only stopped when I wrote to their head office and threatened them with the Data Protection Act.
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