What did ppl do before phones and internet?

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    How did they turn in job application, pay rent, etc? Snail mail?
     
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    I think they had magical powers.
     
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    Apparetly, you were not aware that the universe was created when the interwebs spontainously started around 1999.

    People claim that pre-web humiods existed but, since there are no known flash drives holding any evidence, we can not be sure it happened.
     
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    Racially-tinged poll questions were relegated to Sharpie on a bathroom stall
     
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    Job applications? You drove to the establishment and actually filled out an applications, you handed it to the person in charge and in a lot of cases interviewed on the spot. Before cell phones, we used them things on the wall with wires. in cars we used CBs. We would actually go to another persons house and talk face to face. We read newspapers and watched news on TV... with real news anchors like Walter Cronkite.
     
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    Ew. Savages!
     
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    What did ppl do before phones and internet?

    We jerked off to the lingerie section of the Sears catalog and an occasional Playboy if we could get our hands on one;)
     
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    When applying for a job, I'd go there. If it was far away, I'd send a letter first, to make appointments. If phoning was an option, I'd make a call, of course.

    I didn't have phone, nor TV for many years. Life was just as good. Many of my hobbies don't depend on technology.

    Before I'd run without music. It could get more boring, but I'd sing in my mind.

    I'd often visit bookstores and LP stores to try to find new books and records. Before that, tape record.

    Friends? You'd just go visit.
     
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    Easier to punch them in the face when you're in the same room LOL.
     
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    When I was a kid, we went outside to play with the neighbors. As a teenager, we went places after school, hung out and talked.

    Those were good times.
     
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    I can relate...as kids, when we weren't in school, we were SENT outside. Didn't have a choice. Was great in restrospect.
     
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    We all had CBS in our cars and at home. My handle was scarecrow cause I was skinny and ragged and always hanging around. I miss those days. I have a cb in my truck, but nobody to talk to on it anymore.
     
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    What's a CB?
     
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    If you were going to be out of sight, or ear-shot, for more than an hour or so Mom wanted to have a general idea of where you were . . . . and the standard instruction was, "Be home when the street lights come on."
     
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    Exactly.....or, in my case, in a rural area, when the sun set.
     
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    "Citizen's Band Radio". In the U.S. (and a few other countries) a piece of spectrum in the shortwave band (approx 27 Hz, or 11 meters, for the geeks) set aside for short-range radio communications with minimal requirements for licensing, etc. You could use any of 23 defined channels (later increased to 40). Transmit power was limited to 5 watts and antenna configurations were restricted.

    It was originally intended for use by very small businesses and private groups who had a limited, or infrequent need for radio communications. (Think of the farmer with a hired hand out in the field during harvest, or a Boy Scout Troop keeping track of its members on a hike.) However, the "party line" nature of the channels made them attractive for purely social interaction. CB radio probably had its greatest popularity, or at least greatest public awareness, after the U.S. government imposed a 55 mph (90 km/h) national speed limit following the oil embargo of 1973. Travelers, especially commercial truck drivers, used CB radios to advise each other about where police were monitoring vehicle speeds and ticketing violators.
     
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    Not only wires, but rotary dials! The Western Electric 500-series phones of the 1960's and 70's were the standard phones you received any place where the U.S. Bell System provided service. When coupled to a properly maintained twisted-pair line, they may have had the best voice recognition and clarity ever achieved on a general public network.

    By the 1960's, the U.S. had come very close to achieving the goal of "universal service" (i.e., every household had access to a basic level of telephone service at affordable rates). However, this was LOCAL service - typically 10 to 20 mile radius. Beyond that range, the cost of a telephone call increased dramatically. A 20-minute, interstate phone call could easily consume take-home pay for an hour or more of work. Consequently, a "long-distance" call was reserved for serious, or at least very special, occasions.
     
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    My wife and I wrote to each other - real letters, on real paper - for over 3 months, sight unseen, before we met in person. When we finally did meet, we were probably better acquainted with each other on a personal level than if we had been in a traditional dating relationship for that time. We were already mentally connected, and "in like" with each other, before we even saw each other.
     
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    You've got to be shitting me...... go watch the movie Smokey and the Bandit.
     
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