Brenda in North Carolina, Read This. PLEASE.

Dear Brenda:

I don’t know who you are, but I know all about you. I know that you once lived in Virginia. I know that you are a Democrat and most likely a person of color. I know which politicians, political action committees, and causes you have donated to in the past. I know that you proabably are a nurse or other kind of health professional who either transferred or retired to North Carolina. I know you like animals, and I know there is a guy in New York who wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas. I also know when your birthday is, where you are an alumna, and that you like outdoor activities.

How do I know these things?

Because you changed your phone number without telling a whole bunch of people in your sphere. I have had your old phone number since last autumn and the calls and messages keep coming. While I appreciate that you do appear to have sound financial management, judging by the lack of communication from bill collectors, I am begging you, please, for the love of all that is holy, if you are alive, TELL THESE PEOPLE YOU CHANGED YOUR PHONE NUMBER.