We’ve all accidentally dialed the phone before and left people long messages of whatever was happening in our lives. A few months ago Pax Arcana accidentally dialed his mother’s cell number and then had an argument with the scrumptious and vibrant Mrs. Pax Arcana — all of it recorded as a message on Mama Pax’s voice mail.
If you’re wondering, we were arguing about whether I most closely resemble Cary Grant in Notorious or Antonio Banderas in Desperado. We compromised that it was clearly both.
Anyway, my story is nothing compared to that of Stephen Phillips, an American soldier stationed in Afghanistan. According to Fox 12 Oregon, Phillips accidentally pressed the redial button on his cell phone in the middle of a firefight with Taliban troops, dialing his parents back home.
His parents weren’t home at the time. When they arrived home, they were treated to three minutes of hearing their son firing weapons and struggling to stay alive:
“They were pinned down and apparently his barrel was overheating,” said Jeff Petee. “It’s something a parent really doesn’t want to hear. It’s a heck of a message to get from your son in Afghanistan.”
The three-minute call ended abruptly.”You could hear him saying stuff like, he needs more ammo, or he needs another barrel,” said John Petee, Phillips’ brother. “At the end, you could hear a guy saying ‘Incoming! RPG!’ And then it cut off.”
The Petees were able to reach Phillips the next day and confirm he was OK. They also told him he would have to pay for the three-minute call by mowing a few extra lawns when he gets home. Hey, they’re not made of money, you know.