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I’d Forgotten What It Meant to be Corded

I had to return some library books today, and made the mistake of picking up some from the free cart, along with the heavier reading I checked out. One of these books is Be Good Neighbor, and Leave Me Alone by Ashleigh Brilliant. You may remember Ashleigh as the person behind the brightly colored ® cards that were so popular in college towns in the 1970’s.

Because I enjoyed the epigrams on those postcards so much, I was pretty sure the book would bring some humor to my life, and I was right. It also brings back . Ashleigh is ten years older than I and he got his PH.D. at Berkeley the same year I got my B.A. at UCLA, 1964. So we lived through a lot of the same experiences.

One of these he reminded me of was the coming of the cordless phone. There are many people alive today that never used a corded phone, but for a good part of my life we were tied to our . If we wanted to talk from room to room we had to get very long cords for our phones. As we walked from room to room and back again, the cords would twist in all directions until they got shorter from tangling into almost knots.

I had forgotten the remedy for this that Ashleigh reminded me of. In fact, I thought only we used that remedy. I didn’t know others did. If your cord was really long, you stood on a chair dangling the phone by its cord as the cord spun round and round with the phone on the end until it became untangled.

Does anyone else remember back to those days?

Does anyone remember Pot-Shots ® Does anyone else still have any?

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SandraLynn wrote on August 6, 2014, 2:10 AM

I don't remember Pot Shots. But I do remember corded phones. Boy howdy. Stretching the cord to see just how far you could reach to the other room, lol...ah those were the days. ;)

JanetJenson wrote on August 6, 2014, 2:15 AM

I don't remember PotShots but I remember underground comix on campus. The phone cord used to get tangled up in my waist-length hair.

bestwriter wrote on August 6, 2014, 2:48 AM

I have a fixed land line too that operates on signals. The cord however is short and I can dismantle it from its deck and carry it with me up to a distance of 500 meters. But I do remember those phones with tangled cables specially when used by irresponsible users (lol).

indexer wrote on August 6, 2014, 3:30 AM

What do you mean: 'Do I remember'? Beside me as I write is my telephone extension with handset in its cradle, linked to the body of the phone by a cord! My main problem with it is that the cord is a bit too short, so I have to remember to move the whole phone when it rings otherwise I risk everything falling on the floor and possibly disconnecting me! We do have cordless extensions elsewhere in the house, but this one remains proudly and obstinately corded!

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 3:36 AM

SandraLynn JanetJenson Such a shame you missed those brightly colored postcards with the short funny sayings. I used to collect them. Still have a couple somewhere.

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 3:38 AM

When I was growing up and we finally had phones with jacks that allowed the installation of long cords, we got a 100 foot cord. That was a real bear to unwind.

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 3:39 AM

I'm trying to picture you with waist length hair. I don't remember the underground comix.

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 3:41 AM

I did take that photo -- tonight. This is our phone we use when the power goes out. The other phones are cordless models.

UmiNoor wrote on August 6, 2014, 3:53 AM

Corded phones. Land lines. They seem quite foreign in my country because most people here just use cellphones. Land lines aren't used much anymore. I have a land line but most of my friends don't and even if my land line telephone provider gives me free calls to other land lines, I don't have anybody to call because all the people I know use cellphones only.

bestwriter wrote on August 6, 2014, 4:09 AM

That was some task. I do not remember having such long cords. In the Metro we had small flats and so the need never arose and in office we had extensions all over.

indexer wrote on August 6, 2014, 4:33 AM

I don't own a mobile phone because I don't need one. I have hardly ever thought - 'I wish I had a mobile phone right now'! Apart from that, the mobile phone signals where I live in rural central England are very poor and keep cutting out.

UmiNoor wrote on August 6, 2014, 8:02 AM

Yes, the mobile phone signals can be quite unreliable too where I live indexer but it's even more difficult to get a land line in my country then to just get a cheap mobile phone and a prepaid plan. I guess that is why more people in my country have mobile phones than land lines.

Fractal wrote on August 6, 2014, 11:16 AM

I remember them well. I worked in a Switchboard and all the operators at first had corded phones. This was not so bad until one of the many alarm -bells rang and we would have to stay on line to the engineer while negotiating the way to the corner of the room to reset the alarm.
Our joy knew no bounds when we went cordless.

JanetJenson wrote on August 6, 2014, 11:18 AM

We must have lived on different sides of campus. You don't remember Fat Freddy's cat? Oh, and I have corded handsets that plug into my smartphone. I'd like one with amplification, though.

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 1:13 PM

I have a mobile phone for making and receiving important calls I expect to get when I'm not home. These include calls I need to make to AAA if my car has problems, call to husband from store if they don't have exactly what he wanted me to get for him to decide what to do, etc I also use it if we are on the road to meet up with friends at a central location and we are delayed or get there before they do to check in. Most other times I am either driving, when I don't answer the phone, or where there is a land line Hubby knows the number to. No one else really needs to reach me away from home unless it's prearranged for a good reason.

LoudMan wrote on August 6, 2014, 10:10 PM

Not only do I remember corded phones, I remember rotary dial and trying to use the dial on a call where it said, "For English press 1." haha. Thanks for this submission to the contest.

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 11:33 PM

That would be an interesting situation. I imagine you were glad when cordless replaced corded.

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 11:34 PM

Do you also remember back to party lines? I do.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 12, 2014, 3:48 PM

I remember getting a really long cord when I bought my first phone for my first apartment. I could take the phone all over the apartment.