What did ppl do before phones and internet?

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  1. backcheck64

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    Yes, but you forgot us "geeks" that used 8' whip antennas with lets just say, LARGE, boosters that took that 5 watts to well........
     
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    The electric company and water company had drive up windows to pay your bills here.
     
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    I know, how awful!
     
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    I'm old enough to remember those rotary dial phones. Also remember that, up until I was 7-ish, our phone was on a party line system. You could pick up the phone to make a call only to hear Mrs. Thomas gossiping to Mrs. Jones about Mr. Smith's drinking problem lol....great times :D
     
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    We had a rotary dial when i was really young. My mom had a 25 ft cord on it so that she could pull the handset out of the house to the back deck. I'd crawl up on the chair and hit the kill switch....OH BOY was she mad. :p

    I also remember calling a girl for the first time over the phone. It's something that you'd prepare for all day. Mom/Dad can I use the phone at such and such a time? You had to keep an eye on your siblings and listen for that faint click of someone else picking up another phone in the house. Talk about butterflies...........It was exciting though. :)
     
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    Oh man, too true! Lol That post brought back memories for sure
     
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    I remember the 65 Chevelle my parents bought in 67.... no radio, no carpet, no A/C, bare bones meant bare bones back then. I remember it because it ended up being my first car.
     
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    The kind of car you can hose down on the inside lol. Was it three on the tree? There's a term I hadn't heard in a long time.
    I like how this has become the Nostalgia Thread.
    Rotary dial--if you didn't get through the first time on a radio contest asking for the 6th caller, forget it don't even dial again.
     
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    I done the pager thing for a while and used good ole motorola repeater radios in the truck for the business.
     
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    Where I grew up, you could pay utility bills (at least some of them) at the regular banks.
     
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    Been on both sides of that experience. Figuring out the inter-digit timeout interval and pausing between digits, so that when the contest was announced you only had to dial the last digit or two. Had listeners call to cuss me out because they expected to be the designated caller, but weren't. Had one chic who called and offered me a date if I would just announce that she was the winner, even though she wasn't.

    Yeah, but nostalgia just ain't what it used to be!
     
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    In some states, regulators were motivated by a combination of the "universal service" national goal, plus some perceived "national defense" advantages of having everybody on the public phone network during WWII. They created heavily subsidized phone services for rural residents. I think these services were always party-lines, with as many as eight subscribers (essentially every family along a 2 or 3 mile stretch of road) on a single line. There were also state statutes limiting the amount of time you could use a party line, and how long you had to wait between usages. As more advanced services became available, most subscribers switched to private line services, but bureaucracies and pork-barrels being what they are, some of these low-cost rural party line services persisted long after WWII.

    My wife grew up on a farm that kept the party-line service until it was discontinued. During the year that we dated (1973-74) I was in grad school about 200 miles from her, and we'd spend many weekends together as house guests of one of our families. During the week we spent a fair amount of time - well, as much as I could afford - on the phone to each other. Her four younger siblings thought it was amusing that their big sister had a boyfriend and would eavesdrop on us when practical, or tease her about it. They became the enforcers of the "10-minute phone call limit". One evening as we were chatting on the phone I heard the voices in the background - first a sister, then her brother, then another sister, in sequence - "Time's up. You gotta tell him kissey-kissey night-night.", followed by smooching sounds. My wife, of course, told each of them (in turn) in no uncertain terms to get lost. A few minutes later, when she said goodbye and ended the call, I replied with "Kissey-kissey night-night.", followed by smooching sounds - which aggravated her something fierce. To this day, I'm inclined to end a call to her with "Kissey-kissey.", followed by smooching sounds, especially when I want to irritate her.
     
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    Lol what a great story!
     
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    No three on the tree, had a slip and slide. 2 speed Powerglide.
     
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    We had to have CB Licenses here in Canada until they deregulated many years ago.

    You had to sign-on and off using your license number; "XM1256429 signing on for the evening, howdy!" (shit, I think that was actually my number!)

    On a different note, you used to have to drive for 30 minutes to go to a corner store to buy your porn mags where no one would recognize you. They were sealed in plastic that hid the girls on the cover. Then you had to have a good place to stash them from your family.
     
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    I used a loaded fiberglass whip antenna mounted off the trailer hitch on my 81 Nissan using a quick connect plug. I had my Cobra boosted slightly and a power mic.
     
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    The odd thing about the porn mags was. At the age of 12 you could buy cigarettes, but not the Play Boys.
     
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    Lets just say my rig wasn't exactly legal.... I'd key up next to a cop and watch him go nuts because his radios were going nuts LOL.
     
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    Why does this thread read like this all of a sudden?:
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    :p
     
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    That horrible 60s, 70s, 80s, slang. Oh the horror.....