Friendly advice leads to ongoing saga

“HI PAM. I was hoping to meet you in the city for coffee. Would like to have a chat about something. When would you have the time?”

I reply promptly: “Happy to have my brain picked, but I’m not around in the city soon. Feel free to call me.”

“What’s your number, Pam? Or, instead of calling, perhaps I could just pop in for a visit?”

I then provided this long-term Adelaide acquaintance of mine with my phone number (i.e. the one that hasn’t changed for the past 32