Sunday, when we came home from the play and dinner, Dad checked the answering machine messages, and one message sounded as if someone had taped a conversation. As I listened, I heard my voice, and my stepmother Sue’s. We wondered if it was a cell phone, but mine was at home, Sue’s was in her purse, and we looked at Dad’s and couldn’t find any sign that it had called the house. Which was probably due to my dialing the house as I was trying to find the last-called numbers in Dad’s phone.
Then, after coming back to Dad’s house (in Surprise, AZ – no, really, that’s the name), my phone started ringing as I was getting out of the car. Since it was shoved in my laptop backpack, I couldn’t quite get to it. When I got in, I checked the caller ID, and it showed that the last person that called was from J, R and P’s house. So I dial the number back and say ‘Whaaaat?’ And J, who had picked up the phone said ‘Huh?’. I explained about the phone ringing and asked if he had called, and he said no. He asked R and Pon my behest if they called and they said no, at which point my voice mail started ringing.
I said good bye to J, and checked my voice mail. It was a bunch of static filled gibberish for about a minute and then I heard Sue’s voice like a tape recording. What the? Truly bizarre.
After seeing if that was really Sue’s voice, we tracked my dad down, and checked his outgoing call log without calling the last number again and saw that he had called as we were getting out of the car. I guess by carrying the phone in his pocket, he’s been accidentally hitting the ‘send’ button, which calls the last number he dialed.
I told Dad that it was most likely Sue practicing a little early on her haunting of him, a la the wives in Blithe Spirit.