Friday, September 29, 2006

Also, my phone was stolen

Yeah -

I forgot to say that people who usually call my cell phone should not because it was stolen by a kid named Alex. I should be up and running with the same number next week, thanks to my mom and her extra Cingular cell phone.

Quick anecdote. I entered the Logan Square library the other day and put my phone on vibrate. Then I sat at a computer, opened my bag to get out a book, and did about thrity minutes of typing. I moved to a nearby table to study. Then just a few minutes later I realized my phone was missing. It could only have fallen out of my bag when I opened for the book; so I had been away from it for only a few minutes, yet it was not by the computer I had been at. Since no one had turned it in and it was NOT in my bag, I decided it had been picked up by some person who had no intention of returning it. (At the library? COME ON. The library is happy nice place, not a hang out for thugs.)

Back home Oli tried calling my phone repeatedly until someone did pick up. Oli put on an even, stern voice and simply said, "Give us the phone back." This tone went on as he talked with "Alex" who said he'd give back the phone for money. Oli pointed out that Alex had been recorded on the library's CCT system and should return the phone to the library...or else. Alex hung up. Oli sent a threatening text and Alex sent back one involving an expletive (written in text message abbreviation). I sent a pleading text saying our kid had a rare disease and we needed the phone (C'mon, that's funny.) After ten minutes, I decided it was useless and had the phone disconnected.

So if you need me, for now, call my new work phone number (I have a direct line now which you can find on the uic website) or at home.



The Tricyclist said...

i've spent a fair amount of time at the logan square library, and i think there are a fair number of thugs there on any given day. that's just one girl's perception.

that is great about oli's stern voice. i can just picture him doing that. man, i miss you guys. i'm still so sad that we are far away now. ***sniff***

nate recommends hunting down your phone using some form of triangulation with cell phone towers. i don't know what he's talking about.

Angela said...

Nate should write for the show Numbers...or Lost. Triangulation was a major part of last season's plot line. Ah, TV. Ah, Nate.

Oliver said...

My mum is a social worker and when her clients go missing the police find them by triangulating their position through their mobile phone signal.

I think it can be done retrospectively too. So, if you commit a crime and then send a text message or recieve a call the Police can prove you were in a certain area at the time of the crime. The moral here is don't carry your phone when commmiting crimes.

Caleb said...

Or use a phone to commit crimes like swearing at the mother of a sick baby. This town is heartless.