When I see pre-teen/teenage girls walking around today with their phones
glued to their heads or see them texting in restaurants, movie theatres,
concerts, busses, malls, grocery stores, wedding ceremonies, etc. I
think to myself, wow, that is super annoying.
I also think to myself that would have toootally been me, and
thank God cell phones did not exist during my teenage years.
I would have gotten in SO MUCH TROUBLE back in the day if all this
technology would have been available. I can’t imagine my parents putting
up with me constantly looking down, staring at a little screen, talking
to my friends and with boys which again, I totally would have done.
Our form of texting was known as “passing notes” in class. This
seems a much
safer option, as you could tear up or very dramatically burn a note if
need be. As bad at covering my tracks as I was I can see my parents
picking up my phone and well, it kind of makes my stomach hurt just
thinking about it.
See, if someone back in the ninth grade said, “I’ll call you after school”
you actually had to be home after to answer one of these:
I owned this pink phone by Conair and am shocked that it didn’t blow up or
overheat from the insane amount of usage it got.
Here are a few things old “pinky”
and I did together - and yes, I named my phone Pinky. You named your
Marathon long conversations with
friends, boys, and boyfriends.
I can still hear my dad screaming “GET OFF THE PHONE” or my mom picking up
the like in the kitchen and pressing the buttons to dial - God forbid
she was able to make a call of her own. My girlfriends and I would watch
television together on the phone, listen to the radio together on the
phone and open up the yearbook to talk about each picture of each
classmate on the phone. Keep in mind this was all done while tied by the
curly pink phone cord to my bedroom, not wandering around the house
willy-nilly. No wonder the pink wall across from my bed is burned into
my memory along with this poster of Jon Bon Jovi that I memorized every
single detail of.
We would prank call people like crazy...these were the days before called
ID or star 69 so it was all very safe. And when I say we would prank
call people I mostly mean we would call boys we liked and hang up on
them after they said hello. Then we would scream OH MY GOD and laugh our
heads off. Like I said, CRAZY.
Lots of hours spent listening to the radio and lots of songs dedicated to
old loves, new loves and current loves. Lots of conversations with local
disc jockeys making me feel as if I was talking to Oscar winning
celebrities. And needless to say, lots of “Hello” by Lionel Richie.
Emergency Break Through.
Does anyone else remember the emergency break through call? I should have
been arrested for using this little gem. Call waiting wasn’t invented
yet so if you called someone and got a busy signal, you could call the
operator and get them to break through on the line, saying it was an
EMERGENCY - very dramatic. If you consider “my boyfriend is talking to a
girl from algebra class” an emergency, then I sure had a lot of them.
Not to sound like an old lady but I’m pretty glad I didn’t own a cell
phone as a teenager. Besides the trouble I would have gotten into by
going well over my minutes or my parents finding text messages to boys
they didn’t approve of, I don’t think any phone with a little glowing
screen could ever have warranted a nickname, or be as memorable to me as
old pinky was.
Lori Ferraro is the author of
the website Drawn to
the 80s where the greatest hits of the 1980’s are illustrated by her
five-year-old son. Her blog
www.onceuponaproduct.com is where you can read about her obsessions
with make up, food, Mick Jagger, big hair, boys and yes...the 80's.