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Hermit Crab and Awkward Texts

Updated on August 20, 2014



A New Phone

This was a couple of years ago, and I had just bought a new BlackBerry. I popped the extra $10 to have my contacts and pictures transferred from the old phone to the new.

For me, there's always been a big learning curve when it comes to new phones. So I wasn't sure what happened when I realized not all my contacts transferred over.

Transferring Contacts

I was at the gym when I happened to run into my friend and co-worker Diane. We were in the locker room getting ready to go into a class, when I realized hers was one of the numbers that didn't transfer over. Class was getting ready to start, but I asked for her number, real quick.

I hurriedly punched the number into my phone, dropped the phone into my locker and off we went to spin class

First Text with the New Phone

Diane and I happen to be big fans of the TV program, "So You Think You Can Dance" on Fox.

She sent a text that night asking if I'd watched the show. I raved about the performances, told her I was glad it was recorded as I'd probably watch it again.


Down Time

I was at work. It was slow so during my down time I was still trying to get used the the new phone, adding contacts, pictures, checking out the Internet when I noticed Diane's name in my contact's one after the other.

"Well now what happened?" I didn't have time to investigate because a call came in, or the radio traffic picked up. Any number of a myriad of things that happen when our down time gets interrupted by - uh work.



Diane was getting ready to go on vacation in a couple of weeks, and as I had done before I agreed to watch her daughters cat. This time, I also said I'd watch her hermit crab, even though I had no idea what a hermit crab does or how to watch it.

It was a couple of weeks away, and Diane assured me it would be a piece of cake. She educated me on how hermit crabs molt and lose there shell.

She told me she feeds it cheerios and various other types of hermit crab food.

Awkward Texts

We would text back and forth outside of work and often joked around about various things. So it was when watching our "So You Think You Can Dance" when she started fooling around.

I texted her about a performance, and the text back was, "Who is this"

I texted back, "Who do you think this is silly?" and reiterated that I was talking about the show, and the specific routine.

"What are you talking about?" she replied.

"Did Patrick get a hold of your phone?" I asked of her teenage step son. Then I let it go, figuring she hadn't watched it yet and didn't want me to spoil her recording. I went back to watching the show and didn't text back.

So You Think You Can Dance


Again - Awkward

For the next couple of days we sent texts back and forth about a few things. The show, her upcoming vacation and what not.

It was the next week, the night of the show, and I texted her again about the performances. She replied, "Do I know you?"

"LOL" I replied, and went on some more about the show.

"I didn't see that." She replied. "Oh you have to watch it! It was fabulous!"

"I don't know who you are." I asked Diane if she had more than one glass of wine, laughed and plugged the phone into the charger before going to bed.

Hermit Crab and Shell

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Diane brought over the cat, and the hermit crab in an aquarium. I couldn't see the actual hermit crab, all I could see was a shell. It was sitting in some grass with some water and some cheerios in a nearby sea shell.

I told her to have a great time and not to worry, everything would be fine with her menagerie.

I texted her later that night to let her know the the cat was settled in, but the hermit crab hadn't moved. I didn't get a response back right away.

She texted me later to ask if they were ok, and I told her they were. I told her again that the hermit crab hadn't moved and she said it was probably just getting used to being in a new house.

The Hermit Crab

A couple of days go by, and I have not seen hide nor hair of the hermit crab. I start to freak just a bit and text her to ask if it's normal if it hadn't eaten or shown itself.

She did not respond back.

Later she texted me to ask how it was doing, and I told her it still hadn't moved and gulp, "What if it's dead!"

She said to give it a while longer. I asked her where I could get one in case I had to replace it and she said I didn't have to do that. Death was a part of life that her daughter would eventually have to learn.

"But not on my watch!" I exclaimed. I started researching where to get hermit crabs.

Hermit Crab World



Now I'm really fretting since the hermit crab hasn't eaten a thing, and has obviously not been out of its shell. I tried talking to it, poking it, but nothing.

Diane finally texted me to tell me that her husband had reminded her that after a hermit crab molts and gets a new shell, it hibernates for a while. It had done just that prior to going on vacation. So this was normal.

Well I started to breathe a little easier, but knew I wouldn't relax completely until I saw the darn thing.

Hermit Crab Care and Set Up

It's Alive!

Another day goes by and I look into the hermit crabs little jungle and I actually see movement! I see something prodding from beyond the shell and notice a cheerio had been nibbled on.

I immediately grabbed my phone and texted Diane, "It's alive!!"

"What's Alive?" and just then my phone rang.

It was my husband and I was glad to express my relief to someone. I was laying on the couch talking to him when the call waiting beeped. I told my husband to hold on and was surprised to see, since she was on vacation, that Diane was calling.

Just as I answered the phone. . . well you know how your life flashes before your eyes when faced with a near death experience?

Well that's about what it was like, except it was a sudden flush of the past couple of weeks with the realization of what had really happened.

I could feel myself go red with embarrassment as I tried to explain to the women on the phone that I thought I was texting someone else. She said it was all good, and I hung up rather quickly, and then wished I hadn't

Once I could control my laughter I called her back to ask if she still had any of the texts. I had to share these with Diane. She acted a little annoyed, since she probably thought she had put an end to the crazy women. Unfortunately she had deleted them.

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The Real Diane

Still laughing, and still feeling embarrassed I texted the real Diane after deleting the other Diane's number - the one that was off by one number.

I told the real Diane that the hermit crab was alive, and that I had quite a story to tell her about our texting when she got back.

I could not stop thinking about how every time I texted her - I got the strange text back. But when she texted me, the thread of the conversation was normal. Sometimes joking, but still at least normal for us.

I could not believe it took me so long to realize what was happening. Now, whenever I think of, or hear about a hermit crab, I just laugh to myself as I remember my texts to Diane - - and - - the other Diane.


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    • Hankscita profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Florida

      Wow, really fascinating. I'd bet dollars to donuts you two will cross paths again!

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      Joanna McKenna 

      4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      No, but recalling the story here made me laugh (again), too! I forgot to mention that the other woman had a daughter whose name was the same as the nickname of one of my daughters, which led to more confusion because boys would call for HER daughter and until we caught on that this was a misdial, we'd call MY daughter to the phone!

      On a serious note, the coincidences of the entire situation were so bizarre that I wish now that I had kept in touch with the woman. I suspect there were more "matches". It's almost as if she and I, supposedly total strangers, somehow came into this life with identical game plans for what would transpire, i.e. same town/neighborhood, how marriage would work (or not), when we'd have children, etc. One could come to the conclusion that we HAD been twins in a past life who for whatever reason chose similar but ethnically-different lives for this one.

    • Hankscita profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Florida

      Oh my God! This made me laugh, and yet I'm astounded at the supposed "coincidences." Do you still keep in touch with her?

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      Joanna McKenna 

      4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      There's another twist to the wrong number thing. Years ago the phone number of a woman whose first name as the same as mine was only one number different. She also had a male friend who sounded amazingly like one of mine, so I had a conversation similar to your dad's where I thought I was talking to MY friend. But that wasn't the end of it.

      The woman tried to call her kids from work one day, misdialed and got me instead, and we found out we were both single, working moms with 3 kids nearly identical in age, that our street addresses were also nearly identical (same house number and zip code but different streets but both started with an "M")...AND we both owned white Toyotas but hers was much newer. Only one BIG difference - she was black and I'm white.

      At some point she got behind on her car payments. The fellow sent to collect the money showed up at MY workplace instead. By then my boss and co-workers knew I had a "twin", so when the guy said who he worked for and asked for me - by first name only - my boss pointed him toward my office, but warned he was in for a BIG surprise. Being a small suite of offices, I'd heard the conversation and what my boss told the guy, so when he came through my door, I simply yelled "Surprise!". He was so embarrassed that he didn't stick around to ask if I knew anything about my "twin", and I wouldn't have told him if he had. ;D

    • Hankscita profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Florida

      Haha, this made me laugh JanaGenee! My dad had a long conversation with a wrong number once. The name was the same as someone he new, but when the man said hold on, I have to grab a cigarette, my dad new the man had dialed incorrectly. I'll never forget him telling me how awkward it felt to try to end the call after conversing so long.

    • JamaGenee profile image

      Joanna McKenna 

      4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I've never sent a text to the wrong person because I refuse to text, but I *have* hit the wrong recipient when emailing. The most memorable was when I sent one that bordered on soft porn to - I thought - a man I was dating and got a delightful (NON-porn) reply from my supervisor's very-married supervisor that began "I don't think you intended to send this to me!". Thank heavens he had a sense of humor! However, since we were part of a daily lunch bunch of 8 to 10 people, he had great fun making oblique (but innocent) references to that email for several weeks!

      There was also the time Back Before Dirt - that's just after dial phones but before cells - when I promised to give a (male) neighbor a wake-up call. When my alarm went off it was still dark outside, and in my half-awake state I punched in my neighbor's number. Or so I thought. When a man obviously also half asleep said "Hello", I replied with a cheery "Time to rise and shine, Sunshine!". To which a man whose deep, sexy voice I immediately recognized as NOT my neighbor's answered "I SHOULD say you dialed the "wrong" number, but that's the nicest wake-up call I've had in years".

      Oops. I managed to sputter apologies for waking him. "Oh, don't be sorry," he laughed, "and WHOever you are, have a wonderful day!". Click.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh my.....yes indeed, I have sent the wrong text to the wrong person, and I'm still trying to live it down. LOL


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