Originally published on MySpace on April 27, 2009
Clarifications before you read the story:
CSZ: CSz is short for Comedy Sportz, which is an improv comedy
spot in NW Portland. We play games like they do on the show “Whose Line
is it Anyway?”
Andrew B.: A long-time friend and Comedy Sportz veteran, who was teaching one of the workshops on this particular evening.
Last Wednesday night I had plans to meet my friend Andrew for a spot of
hot chocolate before the Comedy Sportz Wednesday night workshop. We
were supposed to meet in the CSz parking lot at 6:45pm.
But before I met Andrew I had to pick up a couple of cases of wine
glasses from my friend Julian in NW Portland. I texted Julian to tell
him I was my on my way, and he texted me back saying he wasn’t home.
And that’s where our story begins…
I started by sending the following text message to Andrew at 6:30pm:
Me: The person who has my wine glasses is not home. He forgot and went to happy hour. So I’m on my way to CSz.
“Andrew”: LOL. What? Who is this?
Me: Kelly Jo!
“Andrew”: Kelly Jo? Do you know who I am lmao?
Me: Not sure now! Who did I text?
(Holy crap! Who has Andrew’s phone?)
“Andrew”: Paul the auctioneer.
(WTF? Paul the auctioneer?)
Me: Ha ha. Well you’re programmed into my phone as Andrew. LOL
(Now I’m really confused)
Paul: Ha ha that’s pretty funny! Well I wonder what Andrew is doing now.
Me: I have no idea why your number is in my phone, but this is all pretty funny.
(Andrew and I met up for dinner before a workshop two months ago,
and I put his number into my phone. I swear it worked two months ago. I
wonder if he changed his number?)
Paul: Well do we know each other? What area are you in?
Me: I don’t know any auctioneers. I’m at Comedy Sportz in NW Portland. Where are you?
Paul: I’m in Salem area. Did you punch the number into your phone address book or is the phone your other half’s maybe?
(I’m texting in auctioneer in Salem. Really? What are the odds?!)
Me: It has been programmed into my phone for two months! I swear it worked last time. ;^)
Paul: LOL! Hmmmmm, are you male or female?
(Okay, we seem to be headed somewhere I don’t want to go. The next question will be, “What are you wearing?”)
At this point Andrew pulls up next to me in the parking lot.
“Andrew! I tried texting you to tell you I was early and I got Paul the auctioneer!,” I said, totally confused. “I’m pretty sure I have your cell phone number in my cell phone from last time.”
I read Andrew the number, and it turns out I had the area code as Portland not Vancouver. Right number, wrong area code. DOH!
“Hey!” I said, “What kind of auctioneer do you think Paul is? Do you think he auctions livestock or stuff?”
“What? Are there only two categories?” Andrew said.
“Let’s just ask and find out.” So I texted Paul…
Me: What do you auction? Livestock or stuff?
Paul: Everything but livestock.
“See Andrew!” I said, “Two categories. Livestock and stuff.”
“What do you think he looks like?” I said.
Andrew just looked at me, totally deadpan and said, “I think he has an unfortunate mustache.” And if I had had any hot chocolate in my mouth at that time it would have catapulted out my nose!
“Hey! How do you think one becomes an auctioneer? Is there a college degree? Associates degree? Does it run in the family?” I said. “Let’s ask.”
Me: Awesome. How do you become an auctioneer? Do you get a degree or was your dad an auctioneer? How long have you been doing it?
Paul: Ten years. I went to auction school in Missouri. I love it!
Auctioneer school in Missouri! No kidding. Andrew and I got a lot of
mileage out of our exchange with Paul the auctioneer that night. It
still peppers our conversations.
Not all wrong numbers are wrong. Some are informative and entertaining!