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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 08-14-2007, 11:39 AM
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I remember back in the day making transatlantic phone calls, collect to a phone box in the United States. Actually I was the one on the US side answering from my dorm pay phone bank. We got interrupted by the British operator who asked me if I was in a phone box. At the time I was unfamiliar with the term. I hung up and then, when the phone rang again, I answered and spoke very politely, telling the person on the other end of the line the phone was one in an array in a college dormitory with about a three hundred boys (yeah, this was way back in the day when there were no "co-ed" dorms), and there was no reasonable way to determine who had been on the phone at the time. The person calling from the London area phone company was polite, thanked me for picking up the phone and speaking with them, and then hung up, never to be heard from again. The phone calls got shorter and shorter until someone figured out how to distinguish a US pay phone from a home or business phone, from Europe. And at that time they stopped. But it was fun while it lasted.

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We're in the process of privatizing one. AT&T now charges you a sliding scale if the phone is not profitable to them, so the biz told them to haul it away and bought one for the lobby. The thing weighs -- I exaggerate you not -- almost 50 pounds. I don't know what they're going to charge for calls.

I couldn't believe it weighs that much. Makes that "portable" cell phone pic TK posted actually seem portable. (Speaking of which, isn't that the same one The Dude carried around for a good portion of "The Big Lebowski"?)

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"Hello, operator? I just lost $87.00 in coins in this pay phone"

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"Hello, operator? I just lost $87.00 in coins in this pay phone"

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Now that was a book! Must have been the original self help book for the average useless drip, maybe the only one, actually. There was a great little story about asking to use the bathroom in one of those fancy bank branches in downtown Manhattan. Jim
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Ah nothing like the good ol' days. Sentimentality. Rose colored. STFU.
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