Thursday, April 02, 2009

Aha! I'm NOT crazy!

Several nights ago my phone rang. Caller ID revealed "Sean Ferrell."
Well, I know Sean Ferrell, he's a client with a book on submission so I figured he was calling in the evening for a reason.

As is my habit with hilarious clients such as Sean, I answered the phone thus:

"Sean Ferrell Fan Club, Brooklyn New York Chapter, Janet speaking"

Silence.

Background noise of a sort.

Figuring I'd shocked the caller with my rapier wit, I tried again, less cleverly:

"Hello?"

More silence. Then some burbling cheerful noises, somewhat like..wait...somewhat like a three year old boy?? Aha! Sean Ferrell has one of those. He has a very darling son who apparently wants to be friends with ME!

Well, that's just fine by me, but I had visions of Sean (or Mrs Sean!!) getting the cell phone bill and hitting the roof.

I hung up and called back.

Here's what happened at the Ferrell residence end of things

I'm still laughing.

And I'm still the president of the Ferrell pere et fils fan club!

27 comments:

Rick Daley said...

Ah, parenting and pocket dialing, my favorites. Our babysitter pocket-dialed us at 3am last month. We were in a deep sleep. She was at a party, judging by the sound of it (a lot of talking, laughing, people saying, "'ere.").

My 4 year old can travel through time and is going to make me a gazillionaire. If you want in on the action, you can find out more at:
http://mydaleyrant.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

Eeek! As a mommy to three little guys, I can see how that happened. How cute! :-)

Sharon A. Lavy said...

Love it!

Kwana said...

Funny story. It happens with my teenage son all the time. I never hear any dirt though.

laughingwolf said...

lol... gotta love it, thx janet :)

Scott said...

LOL. My favorite commercial is the current Verizon one for the flip blackberry where the woman looks at her husband and says "honey, your butt is calling" and the commercial ends with her husband standing up, sitting back down and saying "my butt just hung up on you"!

Thanks for the early morning laugh.

S

pegasus358 said...

See, Janet, if men wore kilts, this would be less likely to happen...

Your favorite fan of Scotland,
Beth M

BJ said...

The same thing happened to a co-worker of mine. Now, keep in mind we worked in a mostly-male IT/technical department, though there was one woman working in the area at the time.

He got a phone call on his office phone from his wife. Turns out, because one of the guys was having neck problems, we'd been talking about massages and masseuses - and she heard a woman laughing...

Good thing she's a good sport.

Oh, on a similar note, my dad used to have remote start on his van, and he had a habit of putting his keys in his pants pocket. More than once I've walked into my parents' house asking why the van was running. My parents' new car doesn't have remote start.

Bobbie said...

Love the line about his parents not being delightful squealers to his knowledge. If those few paragraphs are any indication of his writing and humor, I look forward to his book.

Mary said...

Janet,

Cute! I also read the story how the story went at the Ferrell residence.

Enjoyed this bit of cuteness this morning.

Blessings,
Mary

Taire said...

Please, apply pants. Except if you are Daniel Craig. Then pants optional.

Jolie said...

Ha! You got butt-dialed by a client!

moonrat said...

hahaha. good story.

that does NOT, however, mean that the title of this blog post is correct or true ;)

Kim Kasch said...

Great story - and it's a good thing those pocket calls don't come with pictures...

Now, THAT, could really get embarrassing.

Just_Me said...

That's hilarious! And that's also why I have a flip phone that can't dial unless it's opened.

Although I'll need to remember this for future use. My children really would call to talk to anyone on speed dial or redial... I don't want to even imagine the conversation.

Eric said...

Good setup for a mystery - man is drowning someone in his bathtub with his cellphone in his pocket, inadvertently calls someone else who hears it all. When man realizes what has happened he comes after the person his phone called. Sort of Hitchcockian. Any of you out there reading this, feel free to use it, I want a free copy though.

lisanneharris said...

Very funny! I'm still chuckling! Too bad my sons have flip phones. I'd love to "accidentally" overhear what they're saying when they don't know I'm listening.

On second thought, maybe not. :|

Lis'Anne

Sooki Scott said...

My teenager's pants call me all the time. I'm always afraid to listen and hang up. I also sing la la la la la when commercials or doctor shows list symptoms of diseases.

For me, denial is more than a river in Egypt.




Confucius says, woman who put dish soap on top shelf, jump for Joy.

Jenn Johansson said...

LOL That's awesome. His side of the conversation was hilarious. I am glad you clarified that you are still insane though... I was becoming concerned. Now, all is well.

Tara Maya said...

This made me giggle.

Mystery Robin said...

It's so nice to hear that you had a sense of humor about it. My 15 month old son just called my aunt in San Francisco. We could hear her squaking "hello?" from the abandoned reciever. He's also purchased entire seasons of television from itunes. I'm a little terrified he'll call or e-mail an agent that has my ms right now.

Of course, my pants always behave so I don't know what Sean's doing! ;)

ryan field said...

His post was hysterical.

kitty said...

It's like in that cell phone commercial where the husband's cell phone keeps making butt calls to his wife!

Oh look, it's your butt calling.

...

T. Anne said...

My husband does that often, it's how I learn all sorts of interesting things about his life.

Kristin Laughtin said...

Haha! That's a really cute story. I've gotten several accidental calls from friends in the past, and it's humorous the majority of the time. (There were a few instances where I really didn't want to hear...what I was hearing.) Glad you had such a sense of humor about it!

And like Bobbie, I'm really interested in his writing now, based on the way he related that story in his blog post.

kyler said...

This is the main reason I regret not being a client of yours: you're such fun after hours!

Maggie Stiefvater said...

Ahem, Janet, I just have to point out that while this proves that you were not crazy in this instance, I wouldn't say it at all proves that you are not crazy in general.

Just sayin'.