951 Holla!

You know those random facts and obscure skills that fill the space in your mind you need for stuff that will actually help you in life? I actually utilized one of those the other day! And I got a new friend.

I was working at the pizza shop, and a call came through. It was a representative of the local college asking us to be a part of this event they were putting together on campus. We had apparently participated in the past. I remembered taking this same call last week, so I asked him for his name and number this time to give to my manager. He said it was his cell number and I started writing it down. 951…

“Wait a minute, are you from California?”

“Ummm, yeah? How’d yo-”

“Your area code. I’m from Corona!”

“Oh wow, I’m from Riverside, hiya neighbor!”


I’m glad there weren’t any customers in the shop, because they would have been waiting a while for pizza. We had a lovely conversation, Mystery California Caller and I. Talking about California, how we ended up in Philly, yadda yadda, words and phrases.

New Friend called yet again today. My manager has yet to return his message. He introduced himself on the phone and I cut him off.

“Is this my California friend?”

“Oh hey, Riverside-y! ….no, no, I’m gonna call you SoCal. What’s up?”

“Oh y’know, pizza mostly…”

My assistant manager looked so confused, and asked why I was taking personal calls at work. Hah, if only I were that normal.

So yeah, my unnecessary, extensive knowledge of random US area codes earned me a new friend that I’ve never met and possibly never will meet! I was quite excited to learn that those few brain stems aren’t just wasting away, so unneeded. What random facts or pointless skills have benefited you recently? I’d like to hear.

UPDATE: I met my new friend today at work! He worked out an arrangement with the store and his event and he came in for a slice today! He was pretty cool. We were talking about school and church back in California, twas a good time. I wanted to give him a hug, but I decided against it. Perhaps another time. Also, he looked exactly how he sounded. Does that even make sense? Well, you know how you kind of can imagine what someone looks like based on their voice? Like radio personalities and such. Sometimes when you finally see them, they look nothing like you had imagined, like Tom Joyner and Bobby Caldwell were for me. Well not my Riverside friend. He looked just like he sounded, and that was nice. So score! I have actually met my new friend. It’s been a good day.