One of the hardest parts of covering the Legislature is contacting people. It’s hard enough to get them on the phone, and it’s even harder to know how to plan your schedule around them calling.
Of course, this is compounded by the fact that I don’t have a cell signal in the office, which leaves me with the perpetual problem of trying to figure out what number to have them call, when to tell them to call, which one to call first, etc.
Invariably, I mess this process up. Sometimes to the nth degree.
Case in point, yesterday I called the vice provost at the University of North Texas for a story I was working on. She wasn’t available, so I gave the secretary my cell number, and said I would be in the office later in the afternoon.
Not expecting an immediate call, I ran to get my hair cut.
Apparently I don’t get a cell signal in Pro Cuts, either, because when she called me back a few minutes later, it didn’t ring and went to my voicemail.
Or, at least it tried to go to my voicemail.
For some reason my phone decided to forward my calls to a 16-year-old acquaintance of mine. So a confused UNT vice provost is talking to an even more confused 16-year-old.
Thankfully she called the office and I got in touch with her before she left the office for the day…and, thus, another chapter was written in the source phone tag annals.