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Then: Princess Phones

Now: iPhones

The day my mom gave me my very own princess phone, was one of the happiest days of my life.  Imagine that?  A simple pink phone with a rotary dial and I was in heaven.  It wasn't even my own private number, but the same one shared by the entire family.  It had a long extension cord so that I was able to move around my room, but that was as far as I could go with it.  Not into the kitchen.  Not into the backyard.  Not into my car.  And certainly not to the mall.  

But it was a symbol of independence.  I could stay in my room now and talk, without anyone listening to my conversations.  Or so I thought.  My sister soon learned that if she unscrewed the mouthpiece on her new Princess phone, she could listen in on my conversations without me hearing her breathing.  

Minutes after my conversation ended, she'd appear in my doorway and start teasing me.  "So you were kissing the back of your hand (smack, smack) for practice with Johnny.  First he has to ask you out, you know."  She'd say all this with a look in her eye that justified getting a sock thrown at her face.  Then she'd run down the hall with me on her heels.  

These arguments always ended up with us hugging and kissing and promising never to listen in again.  Until the next time.  And usually the next time, I was listening in on her.  

When I showed my daughter this prized Princess phone, she looked at me like I was crazy.  So? she said, whipping out her new iPhone.  This is something to be excited about!  It has everything simply by touching the screen.  She wasn't kidding.

These new phones are way more than Alexander Graham Bell ever imagined.  Lost?  Touch the GPS mapping icon.  Want a favorite song?  Press the iPod.  Bored?  Play iBowl.   Having a hot flash?  Check WeatherBug for the temperature in Iceland.  Want to capture the moment?  Use the camera.  Running late?  Email the office.  Oh, and yes, you can call someone.  Because don't forget, after all, it is a phone.    

  

As she showed me all these features, I started to imagine what would be next.  Where would technology take us?  Maybe we could simply touch our thumbs to the screen and our phones will be able to read our moods and know what we'd like for dinner.  This information will then be transmitted to our kitchens where R2D2 (or your robot of choice) would make the meal and have it on the table for you when you get home.  

"You want to put this old thing on ebay?" My daughter asked, pulling me out of my futuristic dreams.  "I can do it for you right now."  She positioned her iPhone to take a photo of my Princess phone.  

"Absolutely not!" I said, pressing the old phone to my chest.  I knew that somewhere inside this phone were all those conversations, both mine and my sister's, from long ago.    

You don't need a memory stick to keep memories alive.



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      Sylvia wrote Oct 18, 2008
    • ““:[Link Removed] sure brings back memories.  My daughters had/


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      Tinaf wrote Oct 18, 2008
    • My first phone was avocado, to match my room, which was mustard, burnt orange and avocado, the colors of the day!  :)  

      We actually still have a rotary dial phone (for use in case of EQs and the power goes out) but my kids are completely baffled about how to use it!



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 18, 2008
    • Sylvia - Those were happy days.

      Tina - I haven’t seen a rotary dial phone in ages. I bet they are confusing for today’s kids.  Remember those big black ones?



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      Tinaf wrote Oct 18, 2008
    • That’s what we have—the big black one.  And believe me, after the 1994 EQ when we lost power for days, we were among the only people on our block who had a working phone!



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      Pamaloon wrote Oct 19, 2008
    • I still have the rotary phone that was in my mom’s house from years and years (and years!)ago. She tried to give it to Goodwill, and I snagged it. It’s funny how a piece of bakelite and aluminum can trigger memories of by-gone slumber parties (calling boys! OMG!), and those long talks with girlfriends about the current crush. I put my mom’s phone on a shelf in my closet - next to all the clothes that don’t fit any more! :)



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      Sandyde wrote Oct 19, 2008
    • Good one, Janie. LOL.  I like the idea of R2D2 having my dinner on the table when I get home. happy.  And you‘re so right about not needing a memory stick for memories!

      My princess phone was pink too—

      Sandy



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      Linni wrote Oct 20, 2008
    • OMGOSH! lol those were the days! we had a partyline! remember those? 2 different rings: one for our home, and one for the other home! lol i had a pink princess phone too.. i loved it! and my siblings would listen on the other phones as well! lol id go back to a rotary dial, or push button phone in a heartbeat!



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 20, 2008
    • Linni - Yes, I SO remember those party lines!  I imagine that soon, the landline will go the way of the dinosaur as more and more people just have cell phones.



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      Linni wrote Oct 20, 2008
    • you are probably right... remember how we KNEW everyones number by heart? lol now all ya have to do is push a button.. no memory required! LOL



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      Justjer wrote Oct 20, 2008
    • More memories...I, too, had a pink princess phone.  And my sister and I also listened in on each other.  It didn’t always end with a hug and a kiss, though. And the party lines....I remember that we had to wait for a private line as there were not enough lines to go around in the old days.
      We couldn’t wait to get our private line.  Now kids (and adults) pay boo-coo bucks to be on a “party line“.  Who knew?  Excuse me, but what is a memory stick?  Cuz my memory is still stuck.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 20, 2008
    • Justjer - Well, we didn’t always end with a hug and a kiss, but that’s how I like to remember it!



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      Chattycathie wrote Oct 20, 2008
    • My sister and I were having a conversation the other day about when we had a slumber party and made crank calls.  Did any of you do this?  We didn’t do any bad things, just stupid things like calling people about is their refrigerator running....

      Anyway we said kids can’t do that anymore with caller id.  They get caught right away.  Okay, maybe that is good for adults who hate prank calls.  But I remember good times doing that when we were kids.

      I love I-phones, but I don’t like the service AT&T.  I am thinking of getting I-touch without the phone though.

      Something else I noticed a few weeks ago when I was showing a video we did at a wedding.  When the first dance was started I looked around the room and people where either taking pictures or video with there phones.  Everyone has a camera with them now.  I just thought it was funny.  If you don’t get a video of your wedding, just ask people to send you over their phone files and create a video from that.

      I think phones and communication is the biggest change over the years for baby boomer’s.

      Cathie



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 20, 2008
    • Cathie,

       I agree with you.  Those prank calls were just harmless fun.  I don’t have an iPhone, but I figure I will get on someday.

      Have good day.
      Janie



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      Justjer wrote Oct 23, 2008
    • Yea, those prank calls sure were harmless.  Especially the one my friends and I made to a girlsfriends Mother.  We knew that our friend was on a date.  We called her house and disguised our voices and cried into the phone. “MOM,MOM I‘VE BEEN KIDNAPPED” then we hung up. NO “Is your refridgerator running?” for us.  I’m really ashamed to admit this but ,I did write her Mom a letter 45yrs after the fact and told her how sorry I was and she was very forgiving. By the way She is still my friend.
      Givalook



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      Justjer wrote Oct 23, 2008
    • CORRECTION:  The previous conment by Givalook is actually from my sister (the one who listened in on my calls).  She is also a member but is on my computer and though we tried to get her comment on her account, apparently our technical skills need upgrading.  I thought she should have credit for her comment.
      Justjer



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      Diane Klapper wrote Oct 23, 2008
    • Okay, GIVALOOK is online.  Janie loved your phone blog.



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