You might think a title like this belongs in the 'Cooking' forum, or maybe even the 'General Discussion' forum, but I placed it here for a reason.
Read on, and you'll see why.
This is a product of another thread, but I thought this element might be worthy of a post all it's own. And yes, it's about being able to eat your
breakfast in peace...at long last!!
You see, I grew up in Wyoming during the massive energy boom of the mid 70's through the mid to late 80's. It was an energy boom so massive it likely
saved the entire country from economic chaos and ruin. It wasn't easy though, not hardly. In fact, it was brutally difficult sometimes, many times.
And it was always BLISTERING COLD (except when it was SCORCHING HOT...never in-between). (Oh, and we won't even talk about the wind!)
It was a time long before the creation of the cellular telephone, but people still needed to be able to communicate over long distances. It was
critically important. Lives depended on it! In an environment as wickedly harsh as Wyoming's, in an industry as disastrously dangerous as the energy
industry, people's very lives absolutely depended on being able to communicate. And where there was such a critical need, there would be a way. And
there was, which brings me to my point...about breakfast. Breakfast In Peace (BIP).
Right about now you're probably thinking to yourself...HUH?????
Well, believe it or not, there actually IS a point here, and it might surprise
I remember walking into the "mall" in Rock Springs, WY once. The year was about 1979 I think. They had a small car show going on inside. One of the
exhibits was from Motorola ...it was the very first "cellular phone". I can remember the guy from Motorola explaining how this new "revolutionary"
'cellular' technology worked, and thinking to myself that it would be decades before that ever caught on in Wyoming. And I was right. I remember the
Motorola guy saying how spectacular it would be, how it would change the entire world...people could actually make a phone call from their very own
I told the Motorola guy we'd been making phone calls from our trucks for years already, this was nothing new. (kinda' rained on his parade I guess).
And I can honestly remember thinking, the greatest thing about this revolutionary new "cellular" technology was...I might finally be able to eat my
breakfast at the cafe in peace at 3am, without truck horns honking in the parking lot every two minutes!! And, you might ask yourself what the heck
that means, right?
You see, back then we used radio-telephones in our trucks. When someone called you the radio telephone dispatcher sent a tone, specific to your
truck's radio. When the tone was received by your radio it was wired to the horn of the truck, so the horn would honk just like a phone ringing, over
and over until someone answered it (which meant going out to your truck to do so). I can remember sitting in the diner eating breakfast and there
being what seemed like an ocean of honking truck horns at 3am in the parking lot, so many sometimes nobody could tell who's phone was who's, and 20
guys would run out to the parking lot to see if it was them. (They fixed this problem later by also hooking up the parking lights to the same system,
then the horn would honk but the parking lights would flash too, so you could visually see who's truck it was that was receiving the call. At least
then somoe of us could finish our eggs and hashbrowns then without running outside at -35F below zero every two minutes!).
It was a slice of life so crazy that most cannot even imagine what it was like. A world so foreign to most that it might just as well have been
another planet. A world where "revolutionary" new technology like a cellular telephones really just meant being able to eat your breakfast (or dinner)
in peace for once.
So now you know...the rest of the story.
P.S. I would take years to disconnect the phone from the vehicle, even with cellular phones, but there was a light at the end of the tunnel at least.
Who knew, back then, that this "revolutionary" new technology would eventually come FULL CIRCLE right back to those days, by bringing that honking
truck right inside the restaurant...with every single person in the form of a cell phone????
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