Basic necessity?

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  1. Capri120

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  2. THParent

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    You kids get off my lawn! ;)

    I miss the rotary dial phones. Nice heavy handset that felt good if you cradled it on your shoulder (try that with a cell phone).
    You could give your finger the "free ride" back to where it started, too.
     
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    Wishful "Land of the free, because of the brave..." 5-Year Member

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    Remember back in the early 90's showing both my kids how to dial on a rotary phone. Aunt's phone # was Primrose5-xxxx.
     
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    Jcleppe 5-Year Member

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    Used to have contests to see who could dial faster on the rotary phone. Back when you had words for the first two numbers like Prospect, Lincoln and others. Numbers would be something like PR8-9859.

    God I feel old.
     
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    No, no, the arc of our knowledge is simply vast.
     
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    When is the last time you have seen a pay phone in a nice neighborhood?:)
     
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    At an Antique store.
     
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    People used to get annoyed at phone numbers with lots of zeros or nines in it, because it took longer to dial! :rolleyes:

    Wow it's hard to believe that I actually wax nostalgic for my old flip phone.
    Remember these?

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    The heavy rotary phones also made a nice weapon, if you ever needed to hit your sibling in the head with it ;)
     
  10. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe 5-Year Member

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    You could do that cool thing where you hit the edge of the receiver and it would pop right into your hand. Having a long cord so you could walk around holding the phone while talking. Wasn't a real fan of the Princess Phones and the wall phones were too confining, would always get the stupid cord stuck on something.

    My first cell phone...called mobile phones then...was mounted in my truck with a connected cord from the receiver, boy did I feel cool back then.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    My grandmother had the old box on the wall phone... with the mouthpiece attached to the box and the earpiece placed next to your ear. The kind you used to see on Andy Griffith. And long distance was always through the operator.
     
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    i was born in 1962 and never remember using words for the first two numbers. The only reason i know it even existed was becasuse of I Love Lucy and old movies
     
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    I think they switched away from the lettered prefix in our area around 1967.

    I can barely remember where I put my keys but I can still remember my phone number back then....go figure.
     
  14. Capri120

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    We had one of those...called it a bag phone
     
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    Bullet and I just came back from Sydney Australia and I will tell you that there were pay phones on basically every block...and yes they were working , and no graffiti on any of the phone booths!

    There was a very funny you tube video of a teenager at Disney where the DD called the front desk using the phone in the room. She could not figure out how to hang up because her parents never had a landline she could remember.
     
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    If you don't think your cell phone is a necessity ...try losing while traveling. I lost a cell phone in a DC cap several years ago. Besides worrying about content , until I got hold of the office IT guy to wipe it, I felt absolutely naked traveling without it. Little things like we used to do by other means, like checking flight status (still display boards in the airport), or what do you do if seperated (meet at the gate). It was kind of eye opening to experience how I've come to rely on the phone.

    I actually still have one. For years, I selected by my phone by what would fit in the wedge back under my bike seat. I finally got sick of that, and broke one screen, riding with an expensive phone, so I bought a small, prepaid TRACPHONE, that stays with the bike and is always ready to go (as long as I remember to fill it up every year). I've also learned to carry it when I ski, so I am not tempted to check messages on my iphone all day.
     
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    LMAO. As a realtor I lived by my phone, it rang every few minutes starting by 8 a.m. and not ending until after 10 p.m.. Once I left that career I was so sick of being attached to my phone I basically gave up my phone. Bullet and our kids laugh now because chances are my phone battery is dead since I am no longer attached to it. There is absolutely nothing on it that would cause me any issues if I lost it anywhere. And again, chances are if someone found it, the battery would be dead.

    I am old school ... flying I am at the airport early and look at the departure board if I need to find the gate and time. I do not download my tickets because I work retail and I am very conscious of data mining. Paper tickets at the kiosk work just fine by me.

    It is probably just me, but I think people are too consumed with their cell phone, facebook, Instagram, etc. On Monday when we came back from Australia and landed at Dulles, the area was under a Tornado watch, they basically closed down the terminals, getting to their underground trains was horrendous! Why? Because every 30 steps somebody or multiple somebodies felt the need to take a selfie showing how many people were stuck. Hence, it made even more difficult to walk through the crowds.
     
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    Pima 10-Year Member

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    My number growing up ended in 0909.
     
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    In our rural community, we didn't have any word prefixes, but only needed to dial five numbers for local calls. There was an uproar when Ma Bell required us to use seven digits for local calls...
     
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    Bet we all remember two cans and a string.