Strange but true:
Tales from way back when I was alive
Hey, remember how I told you about the good old days of television?
"ya. we didn't believe a word you said"
It was all true. Would I lie to you? Things were different back then.
Like for instance, nobody had cell phones.
"nobody? how did you call each other, then?"
We used regular phones. You know, the kind that plugs into the wall. There weren't any cordless phones either. All the phones looked like this:
"dude. where are the buttons?"
No buttons. You turned the dial instead.
"that must have taken forever"
Not really. You only used an area code if you were calling out of state, which nobody ever did unless it was a real emergency, because it cost extra. So most of the time you only needed to dial 7 numbers.
"unless you were calling 911, of course"
Oh, there was no 911. If you needed the police or the fire department, you had to call the local number.
"ok, so your house is burning and you'd have to go online and look up the number for the fire department?"
Not quite. There were no computers either, remember?
"oh my lord. so you'd, like, stand there and burn or what?"
Well, you'd have to go to a neighbor's house, or look for a pay phone.
"i don't even want to ask"
There used to be pay phones at all the gas stations, and other random and usually unsafe locations. They looked like this:
"nice. it looks like you could get a disease from that thing. so what if you wanted to text somebody? how did that work?"
Oh, there was no texting.
No ring tones. No camera phones. No video phones. No phone games. No phone Internet. No phone GPS. All you could do with your phone, was make a phone call.
"you are so funny. i almost took you seriously for a minute there.
no camera phones! good one."
Yep, ha ha. I am such a kidder. No constant, instant, unavoidable 24-hour communication! Can you imagine? Who on earth would call THAT the "good old days"??