Tuesday, January 03, 2006
"Central? Get me high-speed Internet!"
Oh, Lawsy. I have done it. I have done gone and done it. I've done it, doggone it. Doggone if I haven't done gone and got high-speed Cox Internet.
Nothing to keep me from posting millions of pix now, of Ice-T the cat! (Except that I am, yea and verily, a word man.)
On the other hand ...
Heres a pic of what's left of the second-to-last radio station(s) I worked at, at the edge of some woods in rural eastern Oklahoma, dang near totally overgrown with growth. Worked there in the summer of '86 the last time, I think. Took this picture last summer.
Crystal, ain't it a shame!
By the way, why did they call it the "party line"?
Drlobo, I reckon they were called party lines because more than one household was party to the line. Our ring when I was little was two shorts.
If party lines were before your time, then they shoulda been before my time! Truth was, my neck of the woods was just behind the times!
On party line: I had to look it up in several places to get past the simple definitons and down to the origin. In esscence you're correct,a party is a part of a whole (French origin). Thus each telephone loop would have a number of parties for that one loop.
I only worked my station in the dead of night so I couldn't see the clouds. If I could see stars it was clear. If not it was overcast. The outside thermometer gave me the temp, and if the thermometer was wet it was raining.
Frenzied, not only did you know your personal ring but so did the 20 or so other people on the loop.
So when you got a call they all knew it, and could pick up their recievers and listen in if they wanted too, and they often did. Sometimes they would even join in on the conversation. My very last "party line" was in Arcadia Oklahoma in 1972. It had three parties on the loop.
THEN we moved to small-town Oregon and another-small-town Utah. I both of those places we had our own lines, but you didn't have dial the whole phone number to call locally--just the last four numbers. :)
I think we might be in some trouble now.