Dialing for dinosaurs
My cell phone was dead — not just dying — but dead. I’m not really very good at operating any electronic device, and I know this contraption has more bells and whistles than I’ll ever know, partly because the owner’s manual was way beyond my skill set. Nevertheless, I’m smart enough to realize when the thing has died. No lights, no beeps, no funny little icons that I don’t recognize ... just darkness on the screen.
OK. Not a big deal. I’ll do just like people have done for years. I’ll find a pay phone, drop in a quarter or two (I think it used to be a dime) and make the call I had to be make. But wait a minute … I soon found out it wasn’t going to be so easy. After several stops and just as many exits and entrances back into my vehicle, I quickly realized I had a major problem ... Where have all the pay phones gone?
Really. Think about it. When’s the last time you actually saw a pay phone? Where did they go? Last thing I knew every gas station, every restaurant, seemingly every little corner of my world had a pay phone, but now without me even realizing it, these convenient machines have slipped into extinction — the dinosaurs of the telecommunications world, so to speak.
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