I’m getting too old for this.

May 4, 2011


Happy Birthday to my brother Phil!

Stupid Nebraska and stupid phone companies and stupid hard-to-change habits.

A while back our state changed it’s phone call rules – adding a new area code (that I don’t know) and requiring you to dial the area code before the seven-digit number, but not a ‘1’ first. It’s like using your cell, but do you think I remember this when dialing from a real phone?


Heavens, no.

First I dial the regular number, then am surprised to get the calm recording that tells me I’m an idiot. Then I can’t remember if you’re supposed to use a ‘1’ first or not, so I do, then hang up quickly when I remember you don’t.

Great. I don’t like talking on the phone anyway, and now I’m over-dialing to accomplish the task.

I miss you, olden days.

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9 Responses to “I’m getting too old for this.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    I haven’t dialed from a landline phone in a long time… more than a year? …longer?

    I’m sorry for your pain. The olden days do seem nice sometimes…


  2. Gretchen Said on:

    I feel your pain. I am petrified to make phone calls here. Our phone number is 12 digits long, but some others are 9 digits, or 10, or 11 -- you never know. Calling another country adds more digits but drops the leading digit (usually.) If I dial a wrong number who knows what language will be spoke on the other end (including recordings -- then I have no idea why the call didn’t go through.) I hope I don’t have any emergencies because I can’t even figure out how to call my husband on his cell phone.


  3. Rae Said on:

    I won’t be home tonight, Anna has to sing about the 6th commandment in the school musical. Call Friday.


  4. Peggy Said on:

    I remember when we 1st went to having to dial the area code & I hated it too. But you will get used to it…eventually.


  5. Lauren's mom Said on:

    I remember when my grandmother first got a “landline” phone. (I find that term amusing.) I still remember her phone number: 3-6854.


  6. Christina Said on:

    Lloyd, do you remember when you had to dial a 2 in front of calls into Jefferson City, but not the area code? And we could call Aunt Lolly by just dialing the last 4 digits?


    • Lloyd Said on:

      I don’t think I ever called into Jeff. I do remember in kindergarten when they asked us what our phone numbers were. I didn’t know mine and Cousin Sam didn’t know his, but we knew each others.


  7. Kristi Said on:

    I’m gonna need some kind of therapy for my fingers after dialing all these numbers.


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