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Hi, I'm Darryll and I live in Pullman, Washington with my wife and two kids. I'm a licensed Architect and am employed as a Project Manager at Washington State University. In addition, I have my own business doing residential designs in the greater Palouse area. I am a self-taught pianist, song-writer and singer and am involved in the music department at my local church.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Call Time!

I remembered something the other day quite by accident.  My wife asked me what time it was from across the room.  Without even thinking about it, I said out loud "At the tone, the time will be 5:45 and 30 seconds... *beeeep*".

As soon as I was finished I blurted out, "Oh, my gosh - do you remember that?  Do you remember how we used to "call time"?  A wave of memories came over us as we recalled that this was something we all used to do.  You'd pick up the phone and "call time" to get the correct time, and a recorded woman's voice would recite the current time down to - It think - the 15 second mark.

As I thought it over, I figured out why it was so common that we did this back then.  We all had watches.  Most had to be wound, and those with batteries would start to slow down.  Wall clocks had batteries, most appliances didn't have batteries.  The big thing was that we didn't have computers or our phones that keep totally accurate time - ALL the time.  We also didn't have electronic readouts on every single appliance and electrical thing we owned.

The bottom line was that in order to make sure that our watches and clocks were accurate, we had to "call time" to check them.
Now days all of our electronic devices are totally accurate and even change to the correct time zones as you travel.

I found a great little article by a guy about it here:

http://littlenuances.blogspot.com/2010/09/remember-when-we-used-to-call-time.html

And apparently, the service just completely and officially ended in a few years back...

http://www.switched.com/2007/08/29/at-the-tone-the-time-will-be-up/


Wish I'd thought about about this before, I would have like to call and listen to the "time lady" one more time...

6 comments:

joe said...

You could also call and get the weather. One day my cousin was over our house and showed me. That cost 50 cents but we didn't know it. So we took turns calling over and over; so much that when my folks got the bill later that month, there was a $15.00 charge on the bill.

Blast from the Past said...

Joe -

I don't remember being able to call for the weather. Good thing I didn't know about it or I might have made similar unintentional charges on our phone bill.

That couldn't have made your folks too happy. $15 back then wasn't anything to sneeze at!

joe said...

I like your blog template, btw

Blast from the Past said...

Thanks, Joe -

Do you know if there's any way to add your own pictures as your background?

I can't figure it out and don't want to waste any more time trying to figure it out by myself...:)

joe said...

You can add pictures to your footer and header areas. Also on the sidebar. They are permanent until you remove them.

Log in to your account, then on the dashboard page you'll see an orange logo with a pencil and next to it you'll see a page logo with an arrow next to it. Click on the arrow and scroll down to "layout".

You'll see "add a gadget" on the sidebar area, footer area, and header area. Click on "add an image" and you can choose a file either from your files or somewhere on the web.

Teejay said...

I remember Dial-A-Joke was around then.
My cousin and me got curious and called it and it was a recording of a corny old joke. We thought it was pretty neat and called it once a day for a month. We didn't know it cost about 75 cents a call.
My dad's head exploded when the phone bill came.