"You're off to a more pleasant trip when you telephone ahead.
A Long Distance call is the quickest,
friendliest way to let folks know how you're coming
and when you'll arrive."
Bell Telephone System, 1955
Do you find this ad to be from another world? I do but I so well remember this world. Short-term memory being what it is, I probably remember it better than I do yesterday.
Young people today must think it was the Dark Ages, but I remember it as a happy time.
Long distance was a big deal, and an expensive one. And now there is no long distance, is there? Not when you use a device. How many people have dropped their land lines? We have.
Now, here's a question. Do you enjoy talking on the telephone anymore? Between emails (practically a thing of the past in itself), Facebook, FaceTime, texts, I rarely talk on the phone, not conversations anyway. When I do, it's almost like I'm tongue-tied.
I wonder if face to face conversations will some day go that way too?