I was on the pager, but it's usually quiet, so I didn't think much about stepping out -- had the pager, had my cell. After breakfast I headed over to Forest Hills Cemetery for one of the last tours
to be held there. I've been here 30 of the 32 years he's been doing this and never made it. I poked around a bit before folks showed up. Costs $10, takes over 3 hours. There were over 85 people in the group I was in. Worth doing. Wish I'd done it before -- could have made it an annual event. Yeah, he tells corny jokes, but he had a lot of good stories.
When I got back to the car about 5:30, I checked the pager to be sure all was well. Usually the main screen is what I see when I turn it on, since that is where I leave it, and the screen is locked when I turn it off, but it was a different, unfamiliar screen. I didn't think twice about it, deleted the text that had been typed into an unfamiliar screen, X'd out. Verified that I'd missed no calls and there were no messages. I thought
I turned it off before putting it back on my belt, but a moment later, the light came on, and it claimed to be in the middle of a call. I hammered the "hang up" button. Finished getting ready for my drive home. Decided that was just a few too many odd things, and looked at it again. I noticed that the phone
was off. Turned it on, and started my drive home. It beeped at me a few times a bit later, and I figured out at some stop before I got home that this was when it told me that I had 2 voice mail messages. Since I'd had it and my cell all day, I assumed this was like the text messages "for singles" the pager had been getting, and figured I'd delete them when I got home.
Once I got home, I found 2 messages from the customer and the boss wondering "where are you? I've tried all your numbers and I have a problem."
Meanwhile, that was 8-9 hours before, so my boss had solved the problem. But I feel VERY guilty.
And I'm tired and achy and am going to decide that over 4 hours of walking and standing and whatnot in the cold is worth something and I just don't need to spend 45 more minutes on the treadmill.