Tag: telephone

And we’re not in it


For the first time in six years, I have phone books. For the entire country, outside of Montevideo, maybe 1.5 million people. (Half the population lives in Montevideo.)


I was returning my shopping cart outside Disco, a most un-Uruguayan thing to do, and a guy with a small pile of phone books asked if I wanted one. Asked my cédula (ID) number, started talking to someone on his cell phone to verify, then hand-wrote my name on a sheet of paper.

First thing, of course: check to see if we’re in it. We’re not. Did we opt out long ago? Wouldn’t surprise me.



Phone call

The local phone rings, someone speaking in Spanish. Which I normally can handle sin problema. This time I’m confused.

Do you speak English? she asks. OK, this is good.

We’re calling about the two unpaid invoices we have for you. This is not good.

Who’s calling? I ask.

Logistics Services in Montevideo.

Are you saying I have an account with you?

Are you David Wilson Douglas?*


Oh, sorry.

* may or may not be the actual name she said