Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Operators Are Standing By

Due to some sort of tear in the fabric of space-time, it seems that every phone call originating from a Mexican telephone is being routed to our cellphone. Seriously, we got about 200 wrong-number calls yesterday. It's actually been a bit of a cultural education for us. For instance the following exchange:

Me: Hello...?
Caller: Who's this?!?

is not considered grossly impolite in Mexico, unlike in most of the civilized world. Though, somewhat counterintuitively, responding, "No, who's this?" is considered impolite - or at least it usually gets you an in-your-face hang up.

Anyhow, if you're one of our Mexican readers and you've been having trouble making phone calls, chances are you're calling us, so feel free to introduce yourself and tell us what you think of the site.

[Also, if you're name is Ramon, and your ex-wife is Violeta, she really needs to talk to you.]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That reversal of phone etiquette drove me insane when I lived in Colombia.
I lived there for eight years in a state of more-or-less constant fury thanks to the steady stream of wrong numbers and in-yer-face hangups.
Finally, in my last month there, I struck on the perfect riposte:
Me: Hello?
Caller: Who's this?
Me: YOUR MOTHER!
She was so offended I even managed to hang up first.
Childish, I know, but somehow, intensely satifying....