Hermit Crab and Awkward Texts
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.
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.
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.
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 ShellClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
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.
Have you ever sent a text to the wrong person?
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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.