Michael Moore (admiralmemo) wrote,
Michael Moore

  • Mood:
  • Music:

International Phone Trouble

My parents neglected to phone us when they landed in New Zealand. I suspect nothing amiss. Maybe they were tired from their flight and forgot to call. Maybe they had phone trouble. Maybe they were too enthusiastic about the weather and landscape. Who knows?

Anyway, I have a phone number to call the hotel where they're staying before they get on the cruise. Now there are many problems when calling another country: time of day, connection, rates, etc. However, I ran into one that I completely didn't expect when calling New Zealand: Linguistic.

Here's a basic rundown of the conversation:

Young woman: Auckland Heritige Hotel.
Me: Yes. I'd like to get in contact with Jeanne and Wayne Moore who are staying there.
Young woman: [something unintelligable]
Me: Well, I'm trying to reach my parents. Jeanne Moore and Wayne Moore. They're staying at this "Auckland Heritige Hotel" and this is the number I was given.
Young woman: [same unintelligable thing]
Me: Well, I can't read what their writing is here and I think we've got a bad connection, so I'll call back when I figure out what they wrote.
Young woman: OK. Thank you.

Now, I just copped out there. I could read everything written on the paper and the connection was fine. However, I'm not going to spend international phone rates going "Hunh? What did you say?" several times. Having little experience with Australian and New Zealand speakers, I thought it was just English in a funny accent and a bit of weird slang. I guess I was wrong. I'll call tommorrow, when they're on the ship and I have more information, like room number and whatnot. Plus, the ship people are American, so I'll probably understand them better.

  • My tweets

    Mon, 12:44: RT @ Cosmic_Ovrthnkr: No stream tonight, gonna catch up on some work and take it easy. Gonna be back playing Mega Man X3 on Monday!…

  • My tweets

    Mon, 04:07: RT @ docm77: Also there was a Game Theory about Hermitcraft and I am deeply confused, lol. But cool Hermitcraft got featured. Still…

  • My tweets

    Sat, 13:12: I don't understand why I'm BOTH sides of this conversation. https://t.co/IkyzKBLskw Sat, 14:51: "Second-hand suicide" i how I…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.