As with any telecommunications method whose usage balloons out beyond all expectations, SMS is subject to its share of wrong numbers. Last night a most intriguing one for me. A very spiffy picture message of an aeroplane arrived from a number I didn’t recognise, with the message (lack of punctuation preserved): Im leaving tomorrow
Great. So someone was leaving tomorrow. Who, I didn’t know. Where to? Not sure. So I replied: Bon voyage… Who are you? — Daniel
A reply came back a few minutes later: Very sorry I slipped, dialed 6 instead of 0. Take care. Noel
So, enjoy your trip Noel, whoever and wherever you are. Hope you managed to message the friend who was meant to get the spiffy aeroplane picture.
But the one that tops it off was a message my mother received recently, as follows: Hi Elisha, it’s Phil, I will be in Adelaide on Tuesday. Would you like to spend 3 days with me, the same amount as last time, $20 thousand. Pls let me know asap
(My mum, whose name is not Elisha, did not take him up on the offer.)