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Phoney Book?

Last night Lindsay and I decided to order some take-out, but instead I got a dose of freak-out.  Here's what happened:  I walked into the restaurant and waited at the bar for our order.  There was a phone book on the counter.  I don't see phone books that often, but I still remember them.  I thought most people would still be somewhat familiar with them.

I was wrong.

Here was the dialogue between the waiter and bartender:

Waiter: "Hey do you still need this thing?"

Bartender (looking down) : "What thing?"

Waiter: "This uh...(looks at the cover)...yellow pages?"

Bartender: "No.  I'm done with it.  By the way, it's a phone book."

Honestly, I think it was the first phone book the waiter had ever seen.  I guess it makes sense.  When was the last time you actually looked in a real phone book for a phone number?  I don't use a phone book anymore either, but it still made me feel kind of old. 

You know who would be laughing at this story?  My grandfather.  Sadly, he's been gone for years.  However, I remember as a kid I remember him telling me how phone numbers used to be things like Belmont-5432. 

I used to think he was so old and there would never be a day where I would be telling younger people how "it used to be."

That's exactly why I resisted talking to the waiter about the days when I used to actually go through a phone book to find a number.  

I also wanted to tell the waiter about an amazing scene from Steve Martin's classic movie The Jerk, but I figured he wouldn't be able to relate. You only need to watch the first two minutes of this clip to get the jist.





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11/09/2011 11:18AM
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I have this issue with my kids all the time
Try explaining what a cassette is and how you used to record mixed tapes off of LPs. THe first time my youngest saw a rotary phone she thought it was some kind of game device. Gary T
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