Hey, what, what?! Remember these? I found my book of questions while I was cleaning up my office over my
vacation staycation whatever I just had, so let’s bring it back!
Man, today’s question is really going to date some people, because kids today have ALL THE THINGS. When you were growing up, did you have your own telephone, or any other special privileges?
I thought I had a picture of my unwrapping the phone that I got for my 11th birthday – it was SO COOL! Boxy, and white, and it was just a handset! So freeing! You could put the phone down ANYWHERE! Not just in that big clunky thing attached to the wall! You could put it on a bookcase! Or your dresser! Or on the FLOOR, because you were a REBEL and not constrained to societal norms of where a phone should be put. And it had a super-long cord, like, easily 15 feet! I WAS SO COOL. That phone was the beginning of my awesomeness and popularity.
Well, not really. But I could call my friend Missy at 3 AM on Saturday (which we would arrange earlier in the week at school so that she would pick the phone up on the first “ding” and not wake her parents up) and we could watch Night Trax together while whispering into the phone about how we were totally going to meet Boy George and get makeup tips.
Then the next year I got my own RECORD PLAYER!!!!! On it I could play… ALBUMS! Remember those?! Of course I had to borrow albums from my dad’s stack which meant I was rocking out to John Prine and Jimmy Buffett. BUT STILL. Behold my coolness.
And dinosaurs roamed the earth back then, kids! But I didn’t let them use my phone because their arms were TOO SHORT.