Holy cow, I wrote a book!
One morning I'm working in my office and I'm interrupted by a
The caller-ID shows that it came in through the switchboard.
(I.e., somebody called the main Microsoft number and asked for me
Caller: [angrily] Mr. Chen, why did you hang up?
I don't recognize the voice,
and I haven't received a phone call in several days,
so I have no idea who this person is or what he's talking about.
But if somebody starts out rude to me,
that doesn't put me in the friendliest of moods.
Still, I use a polite tone of voice.
Me: Oh, I'm sorry. I'll do it again. [click]
A few minutes later, my phone rang again.
The caller-ID shows that it is once again a call from the
I let it go to voice mail.
Shortly thereafter, I received a notification that I have a new
voicemail message. Here's a transcript:
[swearing in a language I don't recognize]
Why do you keep hanging up on me?
I asked you, are you Raymond Chen, and then I talk to you,
and you hang up.
Are you stupid or something? [click]
Now I kind of feel bad that the caller probably got the wrong person.
There are at least four people at Microsoft who share my name
(or a name very similar to it).