A personal call

This is somewhat belated, but I’m only getting up to speed on sharing the crazy things that’ve happened over the course of the last two months.

Stock Photo: A young woman holding a phone to her ear and biting the tip of the temple cover of her spectacles in a manner that, I assume, is supposed to be seductive.

Back in July, I received a message from one of the Checkpoint Theatre interns saying: “A call for you came in via the Checkpoint Theatre landline – it’s from [redacted], who says it’s a personal call and left her number [redacted]. I said I’d let you know”.

So I thank the intern and look through my phone book – I have four female friends with the same name but the number is not one I’ve stored.

So I am very wary because I know none of these friends have changed their numbers recently, and they won’t be such kookaburras as to resort to such a roundabout way of getting in touch with me.

So I cautiously call the number and wait…

She: Hello?

Me: Er, hello? Is this [redacted]?

She: Ah yes! Is this Laremy?

Me: Yes, it’s me.

She: Thanks for returning my call! I thought I’d give you a call because I read your article in Her World Singapore.

Me: OK…

She: The May issue.

Me: OK…

She: So I Googled your name and I came across the Checkpoint Theatre website and I thought I’d call you there.

Me: OK…

She: I’m actually from AIA Singapore

Many people – because I posted this encounter on Facebook – seemed to agree that she was “dedicated to her job” and that she should be given “points for [her] effort” at tracking down a new customer.

I guess… but I also thought it was a tad manipulative/unethical. Besides, can insurance agents do this kinda thing? Isn’t there a law against obtaining information in a certain manner?

In any case, my favourite solution is this comment from a friend:

Give me her number? I have IT solutions to sell to her. Hopefully she also has friends with the same name as well.

(For the record, I didn’t give her number away, though I was sorely tempted to lodge a complaint with AIA.)


I wish there were an easy way to stop people from stealing our books.

Tragedy, comedy and societal ethics – How I Met Your Mother (S01E19)

Season 1, Episode 19 of How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) is great for teaching (or learning) the concepts of:

  • Tragedy and comedy (and the relationship between the two); and
  • Societal ethics, especially with regard to recent news that has been making headlines in Singapore.

I’d like to do an extended post on this that explains how and why the above-mentioned concepts can be taught/learnt.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the time and I don’t think I’ll ever get back to doing this.

Nevertheless, I’m placing this post as a marker of my own thoughts and also if anyone else might be interested in this.

Further reading:

  • Fleming, Rudd. “Of Contrast Between Tragedy and Comedy.” The Journal of Philosophy 36.20 (1939): 543 – 553.

In other news, HIMYM is the new Entourage.