March 9, 2009
The rampant increase in phone numbers has forced us all to dial 10 digits. Ten whole digits! Even if you live in the same area code. Realistically, it's 17 digits and a hang-up. This is because you phone a friend with their normal 888-1234 only to have Silicone Sally reprimand you for leaving off the area code. So you hang up and dial 801-888-1234. Tedios (that's Spanish for Tedious).
This reminds me of another telephony change, which may or may not be that big of a deal to you, but a change that would alter my little life forever. Well maybe not forever, but from the change 'til now.
Remember the rotary phone? My dad had an almond colored rotary phone with stainless accents. Was a sweet phone. He refused to go digital - something about the fun he had watching the circles go back and forth. This was all great... until... UNTIL... the phone company said, Mr. Runner, you need a digital phone if you want to make phone calls. Dad said Forget You! and refused to conform (now you know where I get it).
That was 1992. Daddy still has no phone.