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Thread: standard, stick, and rotary party lines

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    A 19 yr old co-worker was telling me she knew how to drive 'standard' on the floor. I told her that was 'stickshift' -that standard was on the column-she said no, that was automatic. I say that yes now it's automatic but there didn't used to be all the automatics. Standard was a shifting gear on the column and Stick was on the floor. She didn't believe me so she asked a driving instructor. He told her that Yes, it was that way but he himself had never seen it. Am I THAT old???
    Which made ask about phones. She has never used a rotary phone and never heard of 'party lines'. But she does still see 'old-fashioned push button phones' on walls. OMG, just roll me in my grave now.

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    Right there with ya, sister!

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    I am 35, and I remember the standard. :) I think my dad had a truck that was that way... We also had a rotary phone and a party line. :) So, either I am old or she is REALLY young...

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    I'm almost afraid to tell that I still have and use a 1977 Mickey Mouse rotary dial telephone!! Found it in a yard sale in 1980 for $7.

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    My 14 year old neighbor was 10 when she asked me what that handle on the inside of my car door was. I told her it's the crank for the window, she had only ever seen the electric ones.

    I also remember picking up the crank phone on the wall and telling the operator (Agnus Grennel) who you wanted to talk to. It was a party line, we kids weren't allowed to answer. Our small town in WI had them a long time.

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    I am right with you, too. We had a party line in California. Then we moved to Idaho in 1978 and got one again. I was really glad to get a cell phone that was all my own! I learned how to drive on a standard transmission.
    Debbie C: your rotary Mickey sounds really cute- what a find.
    Mary: my bff has a crank for her windows in her car and it is a pretty new Toyota, really cheap model, though.

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    yep, i know what you mean. goodness, in the 80's we had a secretary and i mentioned Humphrey Bogart one day. the look on her face told me she had no idea who he was. so much for loving old movies.
    i remember rotary dial phones. i used a pencil. and party lines. this was before i was allowed to use the phone.
    remember white marjorine. came with the packets of yellow to add for color.
    sodas(cokes, etc) were 5 cents.... sigh.

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    We had a rotary phone when I was growing up in the 80's. My first car was not power windows/doors.

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    thanks - It is adorable! You can only imagine how many people who see it tell me they want it 'when I tire of it'. Yeah, like THAT's going to happen!!
    Quote Originally Posted by luckylindy333
    I am right with you, too. We had a party line in California. Then we moved to Idaho in 1978 and got one again. I was really glad to get a cell phone that was all my own! I learned how to drive on a standard transmission.
    Debbie C: your rotary Mickey sounds really cute- what a find.
    Mary: my bff has a crank for her windows in her car and it is a pretty new Toyota, really cheap model, though.

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    I'm 39 and remember all of those things; in fact, we have kept all our cordless phones but turned off their ringers and replaced them with functioning rotary phones. We use them all the time, but mostly we just love the ring!

    I learned to drive on a standard, and my friend had a truck with a stick shift that we'd run around in.

    As for party lines, I only vaguely remember them but I DO remember them. I don't remember talking on the phone until much later anyway.

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