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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 27, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Merely an observation . . .

. . . that has nothing to do with movies, just human nature. It so happens that my cell phone number, which has a 206 area code, is the same seven digits as a mysterious insurance office on the Eastside, which has a 425 area code. So I get a lot of calls from people who want a quote, or who are wondering what’s holding up their claim, and as I have never dreamed of being in the insurance business, I help them out as pleasantly as I can by repeating, “You need to call back with the 425 area code. I am not an insurance office.” But some people, like the woman who called me a few minutes ago, don’t want to accept this, and just keep repeating their questions and explaining why they really NEED a quote, right now, hoping against hope that somehow I will magically turn into an insurance agent, rather than a random person with a cell phone. This woman, who was calling from her Las Vegas office (as she explained to me), seemed to have a lot of urgent and dramatic issues involving car insurance, and the fact that I kept saying that she had the wrong number didn’t seem to deter her at all. Maybe she thought I was just an unusually ineffectual insurance-office employee. I guess this is the same instinct that causes people to speak English very loudly in foreign countries, in the hope that if they just keep speaking English suddenly they will be understood; or the reason people start wearing shorts in Seattle during March even though it’s freezing; or the reason I sort of look forward to movies with Reese Witherspoon in them (see, I’m pulling it over to movies here) even though they’re usually pretty bad. It is, I suppose, a form of optimism — that if we want something badly enough, we somehow think that maybe we’ll get it, despite all evidence to the contrary.
I suppose I could just not answer my phone when I see an unfamiliar number. But then I wouldn’t have met the lady from Las Vegas who is currently occupying my thoughts. OK, back to work now.

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