If you're going to call someone at 2:45 in the morning, unblock your freaking phone number. That way, when you suddenly hang up after thirty seconds of silent response to my repeated "Hello? Hello? HELLO?!?", I'll know:
1. It's an emergency, you can't breathe/move/speak and I should - and can - call you back
2. You're an idiot, and I should have access to your number so I can call you back
Just a public service announcement from the woman who was awakened by a "PRIVATE NUMBER" call at, yes indeedy, 2:45 this morning.
Nothing ever good comes from a phone ringing at that hour.
I let it ring. If it's an emergency, leave a message. I'll get back to you when I'm conscious.
Worst than that - when I first moved into my house 5 years ago - once a month I would get calls in the middle of the night from a fax machine. Fax machines are rude - they don't understand "you got the wrong number" and if at first they don't succeed - they try try again. Five times, around 10 minutes apart!
There was no caller ID number, so I had no way of telling where it was coming from. Finally I installed an old fax/modem that I had long since put a way (thanks to DSL) and received the fax. It was coming from a hospital - it was a monthly fax that goes out to doctors. Luckily they were able to get my number off the auto-dialer.
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