Snow line leaves resident showered with cold calls
Every time there’s a snowstorm overnight Judi Allen is the first to hear about it in the morning. Usually when the phone begins ringing at around 5 a.m.
“Most of the time they will hang up when I pick up the phone and say ‘hello’ and other times, I will say ‘hello’ and they’ll say, ‘Is there school today?'”
For about 10 years Allen has told the callers, presumably parents with children, that they’ve got the wrong number.
“The last four digits of my phone number spells SNOW. I guess when people think of calling school, they think the prefix followed by SNOW, which is my number,” Allen says.
The Lake Tahoe Unified School District has a snow line, 541-INFO (4636). Nancy Parker, office assistant for the district, said that people who are calling Allen are mistaking SNOW for INFO.
“They are probably calling her number thinking it is the district or the snow line,” Parker said.
Allen moved to Tahoe on a more permanent basis earlier this year. She has kept her telephone number for years, coming up from her Bay Area home for weekends and sometimes longer.
“When I was here on the weekends, no one would call because there was no school,” Allen said. “If I’d come up in winter and stay for longer than a weekend and there was a snowstorm, I would get a few calls here and there.”
Between Tuesday and Wednesday, Allen estimates she’s received probably 30 wrong number calls. She remains good humored about it but wishes it would stop. She’d like to get a full eight hours of sleep.
“Sometimes they will say they’re sorry. Sometimes they’ll just hang up. I think they’re half asleep too,” she said. “I just wish that if someone were to call me when it’s still dark outside, instead of hanging up, they tell me a good joke, or that I won something or that they’ve got a good recipe to share.”