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Old 06-16-2021, 07:56 PM   #21
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I grew up with the old "plugged into the wall jack" rotary dial phones. Back then a "portable" phone was one that had a long enough cord so you could take the phone into the next room. And if you were dialing a local number with the same prefix, you only had to dial the last four numbers. Now you need to dial 10 numbers just to call your next door neighbor. So much for progress...
We didn't even have to dial. Just pick up the phone and the operator would ask "number please" and most numbers were only 3 digits. If you wanted to call the next town, we had to ask for "long distance". Talk about progress, in our area code, we are going to have to include the area code when dialing local numbers now. Am going to have to edit all those numbers I put into the phone's phone book! Yep - "progress" going backwards!!!
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Old 06-16-2021, 09:09 PM   #22
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Story 2. My wife taught kindergarten for 35 years. In the last few she took an old dial phone to school and asked her students to show how to make a call. None of them know what to do. She did the same thing with an old record player, and the children were amazed by it.
I must admit that I have no idea how to run a cotton gin, crank-start a car, saddle a horse or how to make lutefisk.

That does not embarrass me in any way.

Kids today are a wonder of knowledge and compassion. They are creatures of the future and I love them all.

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Old 06-17-2021, 06:29 AM   #23
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We didn't even have to dial. Just pick up the phone and the operator would ask "number please"...
And now days? Now I just pick up my phone and say, "Hey Google... call Bobby."

100 years of progress to get back to where we started
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Old 06-17-2021, 08:14 AM   #24
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I must admit that I have no idea how to run a cotton gin, crank-start a car, saddle a horse or how to make lutefisk.

That does not embarrass me in any way.

Kids today are a wonder of knowledge and compassion. They are creatures of the future and I love them all.

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You sir, are a sophisticate.
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Old 06-22-2021, 04:41 PM   #25
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Dang I'm at almost 30 years of having a cellphone 🤪
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Old 06-22-2021, 06:24 PM   #26
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Like you, I’m not embarrassed by what I can’t do but there is a satisfaction in being able to do something that is probably not going to be needed any more. Having a proficiency in my tool box gives me hope that someone may sometime need that skill or that I might encounter a person with that skill and we can have a “comparative dialogue” and that I really enjoy.
Not conversely but in comparison I admire folks with “pioneer skills” that I don’t have but “always wished I knew how”. And I’m a pretty good student when I get the opportunity to learn or discuss “the old ways”.
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Old 06-23-2021, 09:58 AM   #27
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We had a bell attached to our phone line in the cellar so you could hear the phone ring. Couldn't have another phone down there because that would have cost extra.

My grandmother still had one of the old 1950's Bakelite phones (black, the only color available). Made me realize that it WAS possible to knock a person out with a phone like in the old movies (that thing weighed a ton)! Can't do that with the phones today, not enough mass.
Speaking of getting knocked out, I was told a story about someone working on the phone line. He mistakenly put the wires in his mouth while working on them. Just then, someone called that number and a hundred volts went through those lines and knocked him out.

When I was a kid, my friend's dad had an electrician's shop. For security, each night, he would connect the door to the phone. He would dial his home number on a rotary phone, including the last number, but would not let go of the dial on that last number. Then he had a string rigged up with a hook that held the dial and ran that to the door. If anyone opened the door, it released the dial and that last number was completed. His home phone would ring but nobody would be on the line if answered. And he would know someone was in his shop. I thought it was brilliant. But it tied up a line all night, every night.
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Old 06-27-2021, 05:23 PM   #28
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Casita Greg- We moved when I was in Jr High to a new house that featured a hall phone with a 35 ft cord! I could sit on the front steps or on the patio steps while talking. And my brother could walk by the hall phone and hang up on me while I was talking.
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I must admit that I have no idea how to run a cotton gin, crank-start a car, saddle a horse or how to make lutefisk.
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I remember the advice I heard as a kid: do not ever hold that crank the natural way; place your thumb along the fingers, so the engine kick-back does not brake your thumb!



No clue about the other three, but I got a taste of lutefisk once.
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Like you, I’m not embarrassed by what I can’t do but there is a satisfaction in being able to do something that is probably not going to be needed any more. Having a proficiency in my tool box gives me hope that someone may sometime need that skill or that I might encounter a person with that skill and we can have a “comparative dialogue” and that I really enjoy.
Not conversely but in comparison I admire folks with “pioneer skills” that I don’t have but “always wished I knew how”. And I’m a pretty good student when I get the opportunity to learn or discuss “the old ways”.
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