There was once a time when you saw them EVERYWHERE. Street corners, gas stations, grocery and Department Stores... The lobby of the theater or concert arena where you just saw a show--calling for your ride home when you were a teenager. You couldn't go more than a few blocks and boom--there it was--a way to connect to the world and reach out to someone, whether it was for a ride or just to talk for a while. Of course, I'm talking about the ever-elusive PAYPHONE.

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Back in the day when I was a kid, all you needed were two dimes to make a phone call. It was .20 cents for the first 3 minutes. Then about the time, I became a teenager, it was raised to a quarter to make a phone call. Of course by the time I was 20 I had my own Phone Card thru MCI (do they even exist anymore?) so I didn't need to carry change with me any longer. We didn't have a phone at the house when I lived in Peoria Illinois with my parents--so I had to walk down the hill from the house to the payphone that was at a crossroads intersection at the bottom--to make a call. Was fun in the summer, not so much in the winter.


So--imagine my surprise when I went to take my car to get the brakes done, and low and behold--there it was... I didn't have any change with me or I would have picked it up to see if it actually worked. Maybe I should have--and dialed zero to see if an Operator would actually pick up (do they even have those anymore??). I think I will when I go back to pick up the car here in a bit.

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