Monday, February 19, 2007

Testing times, the sequel...

I checked the office voicemail from home yesterday afternoon, so when I saw the light on my phone this morning and the notification of two new messages, I never gave it another thought.

Message one:
"Hello. Pick up the phone. I've got all of your stuff here. No? OK, I'll try once more later"

Message two:
"Hello. Look you don't know me and I don't know you but I found your wallet in my wife's taxi and I've been trying to get hold of you. Oh well, never mind"

Noooooooo. There was no number, name or any clue as to how to track them down. After a bit of jiggery pokery on the phone I managed to obtain their number (not sure if 1471 works through our switchboard).

"Sorry, there is no-one here to take your call. Please dial the number of the person you wish to leave a message for. You cannot leave a message if you do not know the number or have a touch tone phone"

I tried re-entering their number, then again with the area code, then picked a number of feasible extension numbers just to get to talk to anybody, but nothing. For the remainder of the day, I re-tried the number every half hour or so and just as I was beginning to think I'd seen the last of my wallet, my taxi driver answered around 4:30.

Spotting an opportunity to leave work on time (well, only 45 minutes late), I'm pleased to report that I was reunited with my fully intact wallet only a couple of hours or so later.

So, the lesson is that nothing ever goes as easily as you would like it to, but have faith in human nature. OK, I accept that perhaps I have been incredibly lucky but this little episode also proves that there are still some decent people out there...


Cherrypie said...

That was lucky. What a nice man your taxi driver's husband sounds.
Call in at Forest Pines on your way home. I can guarantee a few lengths of the pool followed by much relaxing in the sauna/ steam/ jacuzzi banishes work woes, at least until the following morning. x

Seany said...

That would have been a great idea except that most of the people I'm working with are staying there!