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Old 09-08-12, 09:01 PM
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You might be a boomer.................

If your first cell phone was nicknamed "The Brick", or it was in a bag with a 12 pound Lead Acid battery pack.
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First cell I used was in 1990. My boss was connected and had one that worked with satellites. It was freaky to me to be holding a brick, talking to someone in San Diego from Seattle.
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Around here, the word 'boomer' is used sort of like echo location of University of Oklahoma fans. You call out "BOOMER" and await for the "SOONER" responses. Pretty sure copious amounts of alcohol had a hand in its creation...

Back on topic, back when I was enrolled in the Job Corps program (for Security* for anyone who cares), the head of Center Security had one of those bag phones. He thought he was hotter than goose scat. Thing is, most of the time, whenever he used it on site, walkie talkie and/or a runner could relay a message faster than he could look up the correct extension and dial.

*Joined up for their 'Business Concepts' track, but during orientation, switched to Security when I realized how dull BC would be. Plus the girls dug the guys in uniform
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
If your first cell phone was nicknamed "The Brick", or it was in a bag with a 12 pound Lead Acid battery pack.
Yup, I called my first employer-issued phone just that. Heavy, thick, and black with a retractable antenna. I told my young nephew that it was government issue and would take out a bear if you threw it. We used those phones in the field up until about 10 years ago, when analog service was still superior to digital in areas with marginal reception.
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My father had one of those in his vehicle for 4 years or so. Thing really was just like a brick.
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hello? is this the future? may i speak with ... myself?



and here's a case for that:


"boomer!"
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Old 09-09-12, 04:53 AM
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I remember when my dad got rid of the bag phone for the original motorola flip phone. He kept that thing until less than ten years ago probably. As is typical for many boomers, he tends to stay a good 5 or 10 years behind technology... And being Dutch he never upgrades something if it still works.
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You might be a boomer if your first car didn't have a gas gauge but did have a plenum tank.
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...if your Hi/Lo beam switch is on the floor.
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You might be a boomer if you ever used pliers to change the channel on a television.
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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Old 09-09-12, 08:06 AM
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Yer a boomer if the first time you went to get shoes they X-rayed your feet
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...if you have money falling out of your ass but you drive a car that has no airbags, ABS, third brake light, or seatbelts.
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...if your Hi/Lo beam switch is on the floor.
I miss the floor mounted high/low beam button switch!
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...you had a child act as a t.v. remote.
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You are a baby boomer if:

-You remember when so many buildings had those black and yellow signs that read "Fallout Shelter".

-Boys could be sent home from school for wearing "dungarees". Girls could be sent home for wearing a skirt above the knee. (By the time I was in HS, in the early 70s,
that was totally out the window. I was so glad! )

-Certain TV shows proudly announced that they were "in color!"

-You might have been the coolest kid around, because your dad bought you your very own "Transistor Radio"

-You remember when batteries could be purchased from plastic chutes, usually placed beside the cash register in stores. You could buy one, or two, or any quantity
you needed.

-Mom collected S & H Green stamps.
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As a boy, I had the ultimate status symbol, and as we moved around a bit, it helped in being accepted in new neighborhoods.

My uncle really was an editor of Playboy.
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tube testers at the hardware store

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You also might have had a bomb shelter in your backyard and practiced "Duck and Cover" in school.
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tube testers at the hardware store

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Tube testers everywhere... hardware store, drug store (which BTW had a lunch counter). Testing tubes got me into electronics... I would repair the various neighborhood TVs, radios, and record players for the experience and the cost of materials. Of course 90% of the time it was simply a bad tube or in the case of a record player, a bad needle or belt. That was my introduction to electronics... followed by everything from RadioShack 101 project kit to High School electronics shop class to Navy training to College and BS degree. It all started with neighborhood tube testers.
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First cell I used was in 1990. My boss was connected and had one that worked with satellites. It was freaky to me to be holding a brick, talking to someone in San Diego from Seattle.
Really? In 1990, a sat phone? I find it just a bit hard to believe. I would believe it was a long distance connection, but not a direct sat phone connection.

Now I could be wrong as Inmarsat had just gone live in 1990. And there may have been government systems up before then. Iridium didn't go on line until 1998, and Globalstar had a test in 1998 but didn't go full until around 2000. (they lost 12 sats in a launch accident)
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You also might have had a bomb shelter in your backyard and practiced "Duck and Cover" in school.
Not me, I lived in Florida, the water table was 3 feet below the ground. And since we were actually in Ground Zero for a missile attack from Cuba, they didn't want to bother us because we were toast anyway. I do remember the 3 day long convoy going south on the Tamiami Trail during the crisis.

Duck and Cover was just excellent government propaganda.
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Really? In 1990, a sat phone? I find it just a bit hard to believe. I would believe it was a long distance connection, but not a direct sat phone connection.

Now I could be wrong as Inmarsat had just gone live in 1990. And there may have been government systems up before then. Iridium didn't go on line until 1998, and Globalstar had a test in 1998 but didn't go full until around 2000. (they lost 12 sats in a launch accident)
Well, that's what my boss who owned the phone told me. And I know he had some outrageous cell phone bills.

So I got on the Internet. Looks like you might be right. That wouldn't be the first thing that guy BSed about.
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