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(NPR)   An ode to the unsung hero of Hurricane Sandy, the lowly pay telephone   (npr.org) divider line 14
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2012-11-01 11:58:34 PM
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Call me weird but I miss the gravity of using dedicated equipment. Sitting in a phonebooth or using a public phone had a kind of gravity; the tech essentially silently said 'You're going to make a call. Serious business.' Combined with having to remember the number, the heft of the phone and the singular purpose, (no texting, videos or other crap), it forced you to think before opening your mouth.

Even when getting calls from girlfriends, etc., you were limited by the length of the cord - desperately trying to get the handset cable from the kitchen to extend just enough so you were out of earshot of siblings. Or staring at the phone in hopes they'd call.

It's gotten so easy today and seemingly effortless that communication isn't valued as much, IMHO.
2012-11-02 12:16:21 AM
2 votes:

thornhill: I was down in the Chelsea, the West Village and NYU today, and I was shocked that there was zero cell service. I would have thought that for the sake of public safety they would have setup emergency cell towers.


Yes, and for the sake of public safety, they probably thought they should restore a) water, b) power, and c) sewer first.
2012-11-01 11:46:02 PM
2 votes:
People need to get with the times and invest in some survival gear.

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2012-11-02 12:29:52 PM
1 votes:

Roy_G_Biv: THIS is a better example of the "fark you, I got mine" approach:

Non-union utility crews turned away from NJ

money leeching scumbags, indeed



Except that it isn't true. It figures the Derpers would come out of the woodwork.

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2012-11-02 06:30:04 AM
1 votes:
FWIW, I work for one of those major telcoms (probably the one you think cares the least), and we've been tasked to shipping and tracking generators to the North East since before the storm hit, first to the area in general, then to NYC in particular. Believe me, we want to get the cell towers back up and running just as much as you do (the sooner the better, I need some sleep!)
2012-11-02 02:07:02 AM
1 votes:
Some basic disaster preparedness shiat you might not know until you have to live through it:

- Get a burner phone on a carrier different than your own.
- Facing a power outage? Jam-pack your freezer with anything liquid that will freeze, preferably bottled water.
- Small, battery-powered fans are your dear, dear friend when the A/C is out.
- If you have a UPS, and are facing a power outage, pull it from the chain early. A fully-charged UPS will recharge a smartphone 10-15 times.
- Keep many extra gas cans. After a disaster, gas is scarce, but empty cans are even harder to find. Sucks to only have one 5-gallon can to run your generator that runs 6 hours when you have to stand in line for four hours.
- Get to know your neighbors long before the shiat hits the fan.
- Buy some work gloves
- At a minimum, you should have two gallons of water per person stored in your home. More is always better.
2012-11-02 12:45:20 AM
1 votes:

crazytrain: BronyMedic: crazytrain: 1) They built their city below sea level, f**** them (New Orleans)

2) They built trailers in a tornado zone, f**** them (Midwest)

New York / New Jersey can f**** right off - the money leeching scumbags - not a dime.

Ah, I see we're going with the "fark you, I got mine" approach to things, along with a healthy dose of "It'll never happen to me", then?

No, just the smug f**** you of northern dumbasses to crises around the country - preaching on the idiocy of others and how our tax dollars must not reward such idiocy. Idiocy such as building near the ocean, etc.

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Do you know a single thing about trade? How goods get here? Why the most prosperous cities are built near the ocean and not on a mountain somewhere? (Las Vegas does not count)
2012-11-02 12:25:58 AM
1 votes:

Znuh: Call me weird but I miss the gravity of using dedicated equipment. Sitting in a phonebooth or using a public phone had a kind of gravity; the tech essentially silently said 'You're going to make a call. Serious business.' Combined with having to remember the number, the heft of the phone and the singular purpose, (no texting, videos or other crap), it forced you to think before opening your mouth.

Even when getting calls from girlfriends, etc., you were limited by the length of the cord - desperately trying to get the handset cable from the kitchen to extend just enough so you were out of earshot of siblings. Or staring at the phone in hopes they'd call.

It's gotten so easy today and seemingly effortless that communication isn't valued as much, IMHO.


The weight of the handset stands out for me as well. That and the sense of dread that whoever you were trying to reach (using a pay phone usually meant something was wrong) wasnt going to pick up.

Also, the absolute sense of vulnerability (in the pre-cell days) felt when driving a $400.00 ride at night, in the middle of nowhere and in the depths of winter, with no way other than walking/hitching to reach help.

Those trips really strummed some primal nerve that I recall well, but no longer experience.
2012-11-02 12:22:38 AM
1 votes:
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2012-11-01 11:58:18 PM
1 votes:

crazytrain: 1) They built their city below sea level, f**** them (New Orleans)

2) They built trailers in a tornado zone, f**** them (Midwest)

New York / New Jersey can f**** right off - the money leeching scumbags - not a dime.


Ah, I see we're going with the "fark you, I got mine" approach to things, along with a healthy dose of "It'll never happen to me", then?
2012-11-01 11:56:53 PM
1 votes:
1) They built their city below sea level, f**** them (New Orleans)

2) They built trailers in a tornado zone, f**** them (Midwest)

New York / New Jersey can f**** right off - the money leeching scumbags - not a dime.
2012-11-01 11:55:28 PM
1 votes:
Meanwhile, the preppers(tm) are laughing...
2012-11-01 09:56:13 PM
1 votes:
Oh sure, you can get to a pay phone, but how are you supposed to look through your phone's contacts to get the number you need if the battery is dead?
2012-11-01 09:30:46 PM
1 votes:
Too bad they fired all the public telephone handset sanitizers a few years back..

THE HORROR!
 
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