I’ve been trying to call my brother all week because I want to chat with him about the possibility of him visiting me sometime this year, but getting a hold of him has been difficult. Not only do I have to deal with the time difference (he’s 14 hours behind me) but I also have to deal with his ridiculous work schedule. My brother is a chef in NYC and works the most insane hours. He’s at work by 7:30am most days and doesn’t get done until 9-10pm. Therefore, I can call after 9pm his time, which is 11am my time. But really, who wants to talk on the phone after you’ve worked that long?
This morning, I got some work done and then began calling. But I still haven’t reached him.
After trying 5 times, I realised that I was beginning to feel like a stalker.
Pick up phone, enter in Brisbane phone number.
Wait for the “Welcome to Aussie Phone Cards! Please enter your code.”
Enter in a 14 digit code that I probably have memorised at this point.
Wait for the “Your balance is $11.08. You have 9 hours of talk time remaining.”
Enter in the international code, country code, area code, phone number, and pound sign.
Wait for the connection.
Listen for the ring.
Hear “Hi, I can’t reach my phone right now” message.
Leave a “Hey, it’s just me. I’ll try calling back in some minutes” message.
What I wouldn’t give to hop on a plane today and make the long trek to NYC to spend a week with my brother like I did last spring.