Iâ€™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 Pot-Shots ® 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 memories . 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 phones . 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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