“…Nice to see you,
…It’s been a long time
…You are just as shiny
…As you used to be…” remember that oldie ?
The last time I used a rotary dial telephone was in 1984, when I was working in the Purchasing Office of Motorola, Penang. Dialling local numbers was bearable, but it was an agonizingly painful circle game when it came to calling places like Japan (we had a number of suppliers there).
It was 00-81-xx-xxx-xxxx…something like 13 digits. Gosh, often, in the midst of dialling, I would forget where I was and had to re-start. If the line failed to connect, then “oh-oh” my head would spin.
Initially I used my index finger to ‘crank’ that dial, but after countless times of going round and round, it was “Finger Hurting Bad” (no point licking). Not to worry. A pencil would come in handy.