Probably a stupid question, but it may very much benefit me if I have an answer.
So, I've been trying to track down my biological mother for almost 8 years now and I finally got a phone number a few months ago. Well, I kept trying the number xxx-xxx-xxxx and every time I got either an answering machine or an error message. I kept at it for months, but today, I decided to try the number without the area code, just xxx-xxxx. An unfriendly sounding woman picked up, and I got intimidated and hung up. The voice did not sound much like the answering machine I heard before, so now I'm wondering a few things... could I have reached the correct number without the area code if the number I'm trying to call is literally across the country? My mom lives in California.