Last week my teen tried to make a phone call on our home phone. It wouldn’t go through. I tried, and it worked. I asked what nimber he dialed, and he read it off starting with the area code. I said, “It’s a local call. It won’t work if you add the area code.” He looks at me incredulously, holds up his cell phone, and says, “Of course it will. I do it all the time on my phone.” And he was right….
Ah, my fusty old green kidder, the youth of today know so much better than you [or me]!
As long as the tower’s not on the same substation as your house (or has its own generator), a cell phone will also work during a blackout. A cordless phone will not.
I still have a couple old slide rules, one that I used in college (back in the early ‘70s) and one that my father-in-law used on the Manhattan project (according to the serial number, it was made in 1941 or 1942). When students forget their calculators, I pull these out, describe their age, and note that I’ve never had to replace their batteries…
But it’s true, Nerwin!
And television had 3 channels, until the implementation of UHF and VHF. I still have, for old times sake, a rotary phone that can double as a weapon. It has to weigh 5 lbs. and could inflict serious damage if used properly.
She is telling you the truth. There were also rotary phones at one time too.
Tell him about party lines!