No, not Matt Amorello. A local blogger. Christine Koh reports a Herald reporter called her yesterday to ask about that court ruling on maternity leave. By itself, no big deal, since she's pretty well known in local mommy-blogger circles. Except the reporter called her on her home phone number. The one she doesn't give out and which isn't even under her name, since it's under her husband's name, which is different from hers:
Me: "Excuse me? How did you find that information? My husband and I have different surnames and I purposefully list the phone under his name so I'm not easy to find. I prefer to keep my daughter and husband as separate from my public activities as possible."
Reporter: "We have a special sleuthing database that we pay a lot of money to have access to. It’s the same kind of database that background investigators and the police use."
Me: [Envision mouth hanging open] "I find that really, really creepy."
Reporter: "Oh, well don't worry, you were really hard to find. I don't think anyone else will be calling you soon."
Ed. note: Even back in the day, we had "crisscross" directories, where you could look up an address and get the related phone number. But we only ever used them to get comments on things like murder cases (in which 9 times out of 10, the neighbor would say "I'm shocked, he was such a quiet boy"), not to ask people their opinion about court cases in which they played no role.