Re: What do you do when you get a call from AUSTRALIA


EricJ
 

Dennis, glad you are feeling better, I hope you continue to feel even better. I have been there myself with health issues and getting like things would never get better, so I know how it goes sometimes. The gentleman who rang you up was Chris van Lint. We were all happy to hear from him that you were all right.--EricSent from my Galaxy

-------- Original message --------From: Dennis Tillman W7pF <dennis@...> Date: 7/11/21 11:38 PM (GMT-06:00) To: TekScopes@groups.io Subject: [TekScopes] What do you do when you get a call from AUSTRALIA Yesterday was a really nice day. The temperature was perfect, the sun was out. I was on the deck of our little summer house working on my computer. In front of me across an inlet of Puget Sound I can see snow covered MtRainer 40 miles away. Suddenly my cell phone rings. Annoyed! I pick it up to look at the screen and it says in all capitalletters:    AUSTRALIAUnderneath that seemingly giant word is a strangely formatted phone number.That strange format could only belong to an international telephone number. This is exactly what my brain said to me in the next 2 seconds between the2nd and the 3rd ring."Holy Crap!""It's a mistake""I don't know anyone in Australia""It's a robo-call. It must be""Wait a minute, nobody makes robo-calls from Australia""The number format means it really might be coming from Australia""Why would anyone want to call me from Australia""It's a new trick by the robo-callers to get people to answer and listen totheir recordings" "They must have mis-dialed""They accidentally sat on their phone and pressed a bunch of numbers atrandom" "I don't know anyone in Australia" (that was the second time my brain saidthis to me to make sure I got the point)Then my brain shut up for a moment while it waited to see what I would donext. I realized someone probably went to a lot of trouble to find me. So Ianswered.ARGH! It was someone from TekScopes who was very concerned that I was OKbecause I disappeared about 4 weeks ago without a trace. We had a very longtalk about what was going on. I was in a depression and couldn't get out ofit. I was overwhelmed with all the things going on in my life - most of themit seemed to me were going badly. I have suffered from depression almost myentire life. Until I was in my late 40s I had no idea this was the case. Bythen I spent several years in therapy with several different therapists andeventually one Psychiatrist I was seeing worked out the right balance ofmedications for me to take for the rest of my life to help me avoid fallinginto another depression. Depression is a learned behavior and the realdanger about it is that the more it happens to you the easier it is tobecome depressed. Once I am in one it is like a trap and I can't get out. But the phone call and the conversation I had with the caller - he said hisname so fast I didn't have a chance to get it was wonderful. He understoodcompletely what I was going through. That call made it possible to spendmost of today catching up on my email and facing the world once again. I'mstill a little shaky (mentally) but I think (I hope) I will be on my feetagain (mentally) in a few days.In the meantime I would like to thank Michael Dunn for covering for me. Heand I both agree I could use help with TekScopes because it beginning totake up too much of my time (that was one of the things I was not able tospend enough time on but I didn't know how to fix it).Give me a few days to get caught upDennis Tillman W7pFThank you for your concern!!! That really means a lot to me.I'm happy to be back!!!Who was it that called me all the way from Australia. I need to thank thempersonally.

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