So, are you used to dialing 1-818 for local calls yet? I’m surprised at how much of a pain it has turned out to be, and am already tired of that screechy tone in my ear when I forget to dial the extra four digits. Having said that, I’m sure it won’t be long until we’re all saying, “I remember when you could dial a number down the street and only use seven digits!” At which point, some young person will look at you like you’re Fred Flintstone incarnate, dramatically roll their eyes and write you off as the biological antique you’ve become.
In talking about this new change, my kids were shocked that telephones even existed when I was growing up, thinking that early ’60s man must certainly have used a combination of signal smoke, mirrors and drumming on hollow logs to communicate. I hated to burst their snarky little bubbles. Then again, that is my job as a parent.