I got a series of calls tonight (on my cell phone, the number for which isn't publicly known as far as I know), a little after 11 p.m., from someone unknown to me who sounded like he was drunk and at a loud party; I couldn't make out much of what he was saying. Eventually, I went quiet in confusion, suspecting that it was either a prank call or a wrong number; he said "Don't hang up on me!" and then, a few seconds later, while I was still debating what to say, he said to the people around him "Motherfucker hung up on me!" and then he hung up. Then he called back and I hit the Ignore button on my phone, and he didn't leave a message. Then a couple minutes later he called back from a different phone number. I answered, and asked who he was, and he claimed his name was George as if I should recognize his name; when I said George who? he shrieked something unintelligible, and kept saying, drunkenly, "This is George, man! Jed, this is George!" I hung up and turned off my phone. (The fact that he kept using my name suggests that it was a prank rather than a wrong number; on the first call, I answered the phone "Hello, this is Jed" as I usually do, so I suspect he originally reached me by dialling a random number.)
(Part of what made me tense about this call, I should note, is that he had the same kind of overemotionally overwrought tone and slightly slurred words that my father used to have when he would call me while drunk. And Peter's legal first name was George, though he never went by that. This guy's voice didn't otherwise sound anything like Peter's, but it still put me on edge.)
A while later, I turned the phone back on and found that I had voicemail. Far as I can tell, it's the same guy; this time, in a very weak attempt at falsetto, he claimed to be a female Secret Service special agent and told me he had questions for me regarding an investigation and gave a phone number to call him back at.
So now I have two phone numbers from this guy (one in the 650 area code, one in 408), plus a third one that he said was his (in 415), which should make him easy to track down (I'm tempted to post the phone numbers, but that would be mean), and I have a recording of him impersonating a Secret Service agent.
So I'm wondering: should I write it off as a drunken prank call from some random bozo? Or should I sic the Secret Service on him?
Or maybe I should call him back early in the morning to verify his credentials and compound his hangover. But I guess that would be mean too.
Hmm. I don't seem to have a blog category tag for "bewildering phone calls." Maybe I should add one; I get enough of them.