Thursday - A Bit of History
This morning we put three boxes and a bag of give-aways from the basement on the front porch. They disappeared by 10 am. Its a start.
Among the stuff - - old electronics - a Brother wide-body dot matrix printer, an HP black and white laser printer and a large and heavy flip lid "pocket" telephone - our first portable phone. To tell the truth we did not even recognize what it was at first. Its such a far cry from the light weight small cell phones we carry today. Hard to believe so much change in ten years - but here was the history in our hands.
Despite what they called it - the pocket phone - etched right on the grey front - that phone was certainly not for your pocket. It was big and clunky and must weigh nearly 2 pounds. You needed a tote bag to carry it around - - but I was thrilled to have it. I wish I knew the number - just for the record.
Jim insisted I take the "pocket" phone when I drove to North Carolina for my first out-of-town storytelling gigs and it was a good thing. I was nearing Manassas, VA at about 6 am when I was stopped because a truck had jack-knifed ahead leaving the highway slick with oil. Traffic was at a stand-still and remained so for three hours. After an hour of my creeping along in the barely moving traffic - a hose in my car popped. Steam poured out from under the hood and I pulled off to the side. Thanks to the pocket phone I called AAA for a tow and Jim to let him know how glad I was to have the phone. It was the beginning of my love-affair with technology.
About an hour later a large flat bed truck arrived to haul my car to a near-by garage where they fixed the car and sent me on my way - six hours off schedule. Fortunately I was not telling stories until the next morning.
The lone bag on the front porch this morning was crammed full of black electric cords - those mysterious anonymous connectors that you are afraid to get rid of in case you will need one of them some day.
(artwork: collage, e.schoettler)
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