My phone rang at around 7:45 this morning and I glared at it like "What the f*ck!"
I hate when people call me early in the morning. I don't know why. Early morning phone calls seem to sound an alarm for doom and gloom or at least carry requests for favors. And they feel all the more burdensome because they come at my busiest time of the day and carry the expectation that I'll put aside my priorities to deal with the caller's issue immediately. It just totally bugs me. I know this isn't normal.
I could tell from the caller ID number that it wasn't my mom, sister or ex - the usual suspects. I saw a (202) area code and tried to figure out - who do I know in Washington D.C.? (Okay...I won't lie, at first I thought it was Connecticut).
I answered the phone with a tentative and fairly unfriendly "hello?" in preparation for hearing about "lowered Mortgage rates"and "ways to consolidate my bills".
"Uh, hello? Is this Sarah?"
"Yes. Who is this?"
"It's me, Rob."
It was an old family friend.
"Uh...did I call at a bad time? I know it's early"
"It's fine. I'm sorry. I hate mornings. What's up?" He told me he was calling to ask if I'd be a guest on NPR's show "Tell Me More" today...in an hour! Woo-Hoo! I don't think anything has jump-started me so quickly since I discovered Dunkin' Donuts Dark Roast at my local Vons. I was so excited! I was so glad he didn't hang up on me when I snapped his ear off.
Okay, I know what you're thinking...Jewish isn't technically "ethnic"...and my family has been in America for five generations...and I'm not particularly religious ...but my hair is brown and curly (at least under the Brazilian straightening treatment) so I can say I truly understand on a deeper level (at least to my scalp) the burden ethnicity brings - especially when it's humid.
But the point is...I am going to be on NPR.
Or, maybe the point is that not every early morning phone call is necessarily bad and that I shouldn't be quite so snappy.
Either way, I hope you'll tune in tomorrow to "Tell Me More" on NPR. You have to go to NPR.org/programs/ to find out when it will air in your timezone.