First Take

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - By Ro­ge­lio Yu­beta Oli­vas, news ed­i­tor

A friend of mine gave me my chuckle for the week when she posted some­thing very fa­mil­iar to me.

She wrote that she comes from the gen­er­a­tion that used to have to call a tele­phone num­ber to get the cor­rect time of the day.

“The time is 3 p.m. and the cur­rent tem­per­a­ture is 105 de­grees,” the au­to­mated woman’s voice would tell the caller.

I don’t know how many times I called that num­ber when I was a kid and we had to re­set our clocks af­ter a mon­soon storm knocked out the power in our neigh­bor­hood.

Some­times I called on our old ro­tary phone, which re­minds me of some­thing else I re­cently saw on Face­book: a video of a group of cur­rent teens and tweens try­ing to fig­ure out how to use a ro­tary phone. Most of them strug­gled, but one of them even­tu­ally fig­ured out how to dial.

I hated ro­tary phones. They took for­ever to dial and some­times hurt your fin­gers. Thank God for the push-but­ton!

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