sanecatlady's picture

Spin Off: Showing My Age... Remember When

The concert post got me thinking. As you all can tell, I wasn't allowed to do much of anything when I was a teenager. While I hated it at the time, obviously it did some good as I turned out a productive member of society.

I DO remember being younger and my older sister taking me to the movies. I remember her having to use the pay phone (YES no cell phone) to call my mom to pick us up. Gasp! We actually had to WAIT for my mom to show up and didn't have anything to stare at in the meantime. I don't know how we functioned HAHAHA.

ksmom14's picture

Yes! I did the same thing

Yes! I did the same thing growing up

anotherstep2's picture

I had to explain to OSD what

I had to explain to OSD what a pay phone was the other day. Pardon me while I adjust my support hose and rest here on the bench with the rest of the geezers....(eyeroll)

sanecatlady's picture

You had to EXPLAIN it?!

You had to EXPLAIN it?! Jawdropping!

anotherstep2's picture

Yes. Not only are they

Yes. Not only are they entitled and electronics dependent, 2 out of 3 of them are not especially bright. "So...you had to put money in it? And it was outside? There was no internet connection? What do you mean there was no such thing as the internet??????" Oh for f*ck's sake......

FruitSalad704's picture

You should have told them Al

You should have told them Al Gore hadn't invented the internet yet. Evil

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anotherstep2's picture

Bahahaha! Nice one.

Bahahaha! Nice one.

sanecatlady's picture

Well - To be honest... I am

Well - To be honest... I am still not 100% on how a fax machine works.

You mean you dial a number... And it spits out words on a page?! Laughing out loud

anotherstep2's picture

Remember those rolls of

Remember those rolls of "waxed paper" that you had to load into them? And how the faxes would curl up no matter what you did?

FruitSalad704's picture

And the faxes faded after a

And the faxes faded after a while!!??? Geez, I hated how that paper felt against my skin. I'd take the faxes and immediately make a regular paper copy of them. I couldn't stand the fax paper.

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More cowbell. We need more cowbell.

Never push a crazy bitch to the point where she no longer fears her actions.

Sometimes I wrestle with my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle.

sanecatlady's picture

When people said they wanted

When people said they wanted to FAX me something at work I would say, can you just email it? I don't understand why anyone still uses a fax machine when they can just SCAN and email.

FruitSalad704's picture

I remember an attorney I

I remember an attorney I worked with not wanting to use e-mail as recently as 10 years ago. Who the hell would opt for snail mail over e-mail? Should I call your beeper when I drop the envelope in the mailbox???

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More cowbell. We need more cowbell.

Never push a crazy bitch to the point where she no longer fears her actions.

Sometimes I wrestle with my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle.

sanecatlady's picture

In 2008 I was issued an on

In 2008 I was issued an on call beeper when I worked in the ER. I couldn't believe it.

My 70 year old father doesn't use email, barely uses a cell phone, and has not touched a computer since 2003 when he retired. I think he gets a pass haha.

ESMOD's picture

My 87 yo dad has a Mac and

My 87 yo dad has a Mac and does email and has facebook.

I remember when he was in the military pre-beeper time. He would be on call and he would have to call into a central number if he was going to leave the house for any reason to give them a new number to reach him at. limiting to say the least.

At least we can leave the house if we want.

LadyFace's picture

They just removed the old pay

They just removed the old pay phone by the movie theater in my home town. Boy did I spend a lot of quarters in that thing! I don't know how we survived without those little tracking devices... I mean cell phones. Cool

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nobodysbabynow's picture

My mom was such a B she

My mom was such a B she wouldn't pick us up anywhere, but I remember that if you had no money you could actually just make a collect call from a payphone, but hurry up and say whatever you needed to say while the automated voice was announcing who it was from! "This is a collect call from..."Mom, pick me up!" click!"

sanecatlady's picture

HAHAHA! I remember that

HAHAHA! I remember that about the collect calls. You could do that with anyone long distance (back when the next town over was long distance!).

I remember once I was on the phone with my friend, and the emergency cut through came on the line and had my friend disconnect. Do they even still do that? Turns out my friend's mom was ticked at her and wanted her off the phone.

LadyFace's picture

Lol I remember buying and

Lol I remember buying and saving up calling cards so I could talk on the phone to a boy from the next town over. Long distance charges did get me in trouble once!

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uofarkchick's picture

That was me, too!

That was me, too!

AshMar654's picture

I remember calling cards too!

I remember calling cards too! We had them to call my family in the other state. I had them to call my brother when he was in the military.

z3girl's picture

OMG, that's genius! I used

OMG, that's genius! I used to collect call my mom all the time; I can't believe I didn't think of saying something like that instead of my name!

I remember my first answering machine when I was in college. I was so freaked out by leaving my voice on the outgoing message that I had my SIL record my message for me!

Lit'l Bit's picture

we didn't have the push

we didn't have the push button phone we had the rotary dial. In the early 80's I lived in the mountains close to Prescott AZ and the phone I had was rotary dial and it was on a party line with about 5 of the neighbors.

sanecatlady's picture

Yeah, in the small town over

Yeah, in the small town over from where I live now, I was told they had party lines until the 90's.

If I have to explain a party line to anyone on here... I am not going to be happy!

Exjuliemccoy's picture

We had just ONE phone - a

We had just ONE phone - a hideous, avocado green rotary dial one mounted to the kitchen wall. Getting a longer cord for it was like Christmas, even though we kids were limited to ten minutes per call.

When I was quite small, our community still operated on a party line!

FruitSalad704's picture

Heh. And remember when it

Heh. And remember when it cost a dime to use the pay phone? And they were *gasp* ROTARY DIAL????

I was just talking to a friend of mine about how it used to be. You know, when it took some effort to get in touch with someone. You had to memorize their number and actually dial it digit by digit. None of this Speed Dial 2 like they have these days.

Also, remember when you had to talk to someone to break up with them? You couldn't just text them "We r ovah."

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More cowbell. We need more cowbell.

Never push a crazy bitch to the point where she no longer fears her actions.

Sometimes I wrestle with my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle.

sanecatlady's picture

You could also get the

You could also get the satisfaction of slamming down a phone. I miss that.

FruitSalad704's picture

Yessssss! I loved a good

Yessssss! I loved a good phone slam! Even better if you could bang it around a few times before you put the receiver on the cradle just to make sure the asshole you were talking to knew you were hanging up on him!

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More cowbell. We need more cowbell.

Never push a crazy bitch to the point where she no longer fears her actions.

Sometimes I wrestle with my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle.

sanecatlady's picture

HEHEHE! I used to actually do

HEHEHE!

I used to actually do that with my work desk phone... But that was by accident, I swear! Evil

FruitSalad704's picture

I completely understand,

I completely understand, sane. Your hand fell asleep and you had a hard time getting the receiver onto the base. Happens to me all.the.time on my desk phone.

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More cowbell. We need more cowbell.

Never push a crazy bitch to the point where she no longer fears her actions.

Sometimes I wrestle with my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle.

Exjuliemccoy's picture

I once broke up with a guy

I once broke up with a guy using a pay phone. I told him off, and then just left the receiver dangling while I drove off. I thought I was soooo cool, doing that.

Evil3's picture

OMG! You're bringing back

OMG! You're bringing back great memories for me! LOL! I miss the phone slam and banging it around a few times too.

anotherstep2's picture

Oh holy h*ll do I miss the

Oh holy h*ll do I miss the satisfaction of that crash!!!! Of course, I have been known to attempt duplication of it by throwing the cell phone at the wall but there are unfortunate consequences to that little loss of temper.....

FruitSalad704's picture

Cell phones and cordless

Cell phones and cordless phones may or may not go flying across a room in Fruity Land. Not nearly as satisfying as a phone slam. Hitting the OFF button on the cordless just isn't the same as the person on the other end hearing you yelling obscenities as you slam the phone into the cradle.

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More cowbell. We need more cowbell.

Never push a crazy bitch to the point where she no longer fears her actions.

Sometimes I wrestle with my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle.

AshMar654's picture

I know I slammed the phone a

I know I slammed the phone a lot when I was teen. The off button surprised that did not break when I would get mad at a boy and hit is so hard and several times cause I was an angry teen.

Peridwen's picture

Get one of

Get one of these:

https://www.vtechphones.com/pd/2492/LS916-Retro-handset-for-cell-phone?g...

Then you can slam something without killing the phone, lol.

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hereiam's picture

Definitely miss that! Can't

Definitely miss that! Can't even slam a cordless landline.

I bought a corded, rotary wall phone at a flea market for my kitchen. That thing is so LOUD and no way to turn the ringer, or should I say loud-ass bell, down or off. I had to get something else, it was just too loud.

My niece couldn't get over how long it took to dial a phone number! That would keep these teenagers off the phone, as they would be too lazy and impatient.

nobodysbabynow's picture

Does anyone remember that

Does anyone remember that with a rotary phone, you could also just click the receiver button really fast the same number of times as each number in the phone number instead of dialing if you wanted and it would call the number if you got the rhythm right?

sanecatlady's picture

Whaaaaat?

Whaaaaat?

Acratopotes's picture

yes know what you are talking

yes know what you are talking about lol...... and those calls never registered on the bill....

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Blended family life turned me into a pirate....
All I want to do is drink Rum and stab people

nobodysbabynow's picture

I can't figure out how to

I can't figure out how to describe it.. Puzzled

Acratopotes's picture

I remember payphones, wish we

I remember payphones, wish we had them back, now being criminals, we drilled a hole through the coin, then a string through it... you dropped the coin and when it registered you pulled it out with the string...

hey you had to practice allot to get this move right Eye-wink but we all did it.... today Deigma wears the old coin around his neck.. certain size o rings worked as well... the metal once not the rubber once...

going to the movies... gah... there was a restaurant across the road... my parents use to enjoy a meal while we where stuck in the movies.... and they faced the entrance, no change for sneaking out.... disaster lol....

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Blended family life turned me into a pirate....
All I want to do is drink Rum and stab people

Gimlet's picture

I remember when call waiting

I remember when call waiting came out, and it was the coolest thing ever. But it also sucked, because my sister was always on the phone and would click over, tell my friend too bad, and then never tell me that they called.

Speaking of movies, I sneaked in to see Purple Rain in middle school Smiling

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FruitSalad704's picture

I don't think anyone under

I don't think anyone under the of about 30 knows what a busy signal sounds like. They've never heard one courtesy of call waiting.

I remember seeing Purple Rain at the dollar theater. We turned it into a more modern version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Standing up waving our lighters in the air when he sang the theme song, and screaming "Don't jump in the water!" to Apolonia. Things like that seem cool and fun when you're a teenager.

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More cowbell. We need more cowbell.

Never push a crazy bitch to the point where she no longer fears her actions.

Sometimes I wrestle with my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle.

anotherstep2's picture

And let's not forget the

And let's not forget the first "Friday the 13th" coming out!

ybarra357's picture

I remember when my region

I remember when my region (highly populated) only had 2 area codes.

Acratopotes's picture

Are ya all familiar with the

Are ya all familiar with the farm lines..... you had a lever, quick turns gave short ring tone, slow turns gave long ring tones lol.... and when you wanted to phone some one, you picked the phone up... say hello hello... hear 2 old ladies gossiping and telling you line is busy...

as a kid this was major fun, picking up the phone super quietly and listening in on their conversations lol...

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Blended family life turned me into a pirate....
All I want to do is drink Rum and stab people

AshMar654's picture

Where I lived I remember when

Where I lived I remember when we got three way calling possibly also known at a "party line" not totally sure. It was fun sometimes. Anyone ever seen mean girls and they do that call things and talk about the one girl to get bad things out about another. Yes you guessed it, totally happened to me more that once. I just remember when you could do and everyone was doing the whole quite person on the line.