29 Things You'll Only Relate To If You've Ever Dialed Star 69

    Back in the before-times, the phone used to be attached to the wall with a cord, and only one person in the house could use it at a time. It was hell, but it was our hell.

    1. Paging someone to a payphone and then waiting for them to call you there.

    2. And leaving your cool-ass pager code so they’d know who it was.

    3. Calling 411 to get someone’s number.

    4. Looking something up in the phonebook.

    5. Looking up funny names in the phonebook.

    6. Looking up yourself in the phonebook.

    7. Leaving a hilarious message on your answering machine.

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    “Hello? …………………….. Just kidding. We’re actually not here right now. Leave a message after the beep!”



    10. For some reason fairly frequently calling the speaking clock to find out what “the time at the tone will be.”

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    I guess it was weirdly soothing?

    11. Knowing where the good phone booths are, and for what purposes.

    12. Always having quarters or phone cards.

    13. Calling collect just to say “Mom, pick me up!”

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    14. Or just saving a buck or two this way.

    15. Or even just doing whatever the hell Alf and Terry Bradshaw are trying to do here.

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    16. Having like 30 different phone numbers memorized.

    17. Or else maybe you were organized and had one of these.

    18. Talking so long that you ended up getting tangled in the phone cord.

    19. Hearing the worst 10 words in the English language.

    20. Your parents answering sales calls at dinner because no one had any way of knowing who it was.

    21. Getting a busy signal.

    22. Begging for a second line.

    23. Having one of these in your room.

    24. Or maybe one of these?

    25. Yelling “I’m on the phone!” when someone picked up another one in the house.

    26. Calling the movie theater and listening through an endless droning message before you got to the playtime for the movie you wanted to see.

    27. Using one of these and having to go all the way back to the beginning when you screwed up.

    28. Listening in on your parents' or siblings’ conversations.

    29. And the weirdest thing of all. The fact that you still remember all those phone numbers from back in the day.