So I just had this huge flash of holy crap kind of situation with my oldest daughter. Let me set up the scene for you so you can get the change of generations here. So my oldest daughter has had a cell phone for about 18 months or so based on her good behavior and grades. She is 13 going on 30 and phones for kids are as common as can be these days. Well she had lost her cell phone privileges about 2 months ago but has been doing better over the last 2 months but does not have her phone back yet.
Ivy asked if she could go hang out with her girl friends at the mall. I figure that will be ok because she has shown allot of improvement. I see her over the last hour today walking around with the home phone. It’s a cordless like most these days and we hardly use it let alone have the ringer on. Have to have a home phone for the home alarm system to work. So Ivy, my oldest, is walking around the house on the phone. Then I see her sit on the couch, try to dial, then move to the hall way. She repeats this around the house, her room, kitchen, the other couch and so on. I hear keep saying “this thing just doesn’t get any signal in my room”. I said what? She says “the battery must be dead because it won’t get signal anywhere but the living room” and “when ever I try to dial it just makes this damn beeping noise!”
So, being the interested dad that I am, I asked her to try to call again. She tells me it’s doing it again and hangs up more upset than the other times. I try to call my cell with the home phone and it worked just fine. So I ask her to call the number and again but this time, in her anger, she just slings the phone over to me and says “see it’s doing it still!”
OK so now really wondering what she is talking about I listen in to hear…. wait for it… wait for it… A BUSY SIGNAL!!! lol
My kid has never heard a busy signal. Everyone in her family and most of her friends all have cell phones with voicemail for their primary phones including me. She didn’t know what a busy signal was and thought that sound meant no signal like a cell phone which explained her moving throughout the house trying to call over and over. Poor thing was trapped in a time warp of no cell phone days.
All I could think was wow… Times sure are changing I guess and I never even thought about the death of the busy signal. I have seen the rotary phone die, the long corded phones die, the giant cordless phones die, and slowly the death of the home phone but never thought about the busy signal going the way of the past.
R.I.P. busy signal… I will always remember you for the times as a kid when I was trying to win things from radio stations. 🙂