The Last Landline


“Unless you had been to Grandma Jane’s house, saw it with your own eyes, or even better …..were privileged to have been summoned by it’s ring, held it in your hands, listened to the message for only yourself……well you might think Grandma Jane’s refusal to get a smart phone quite pedestrian.”

In response to WordPress Photo Challenge- Pedestrian-

Oxford American Thesaurus:

Pedestrian- noun: walker, person on foot; (pedestrians) foot traffic. ANTONYMS driver.

adjective: pedestrian lives: dull, boring, tedious, monotonous, uneventful, unremarkable, tiresome, wearisome, uninspired, unimaginative, unexciting, uninteresting, uninvolving; unvarying, unvaried, repetitive, routine, commonplace, workaday; ordinary, everyday, run-of-the-mill, mundane, humdrum; informal plain-vanilla.                                                                 ANTONYMS exciting.

Interesting article from the Guardian on  SmartPhones inspired this post. You may enjoy reading it too:

Our Minds Can be Hijacked: the Tech Insiders Who Fear A Smartphone Dystopia

A peaceful Sunday to one and all.


  1. When a phone gussied up to the nines summons with it’s equally charming ring, well the potential for important, expansive, interesting conversation just soars. Thank you for stopping by.


  2. When I lived in Sacramento, I happily switched to cell phones, JoHanna, when the majority of people were still using landlines. I would gladly switch back. I think the downside of the cellphone business isn’t the phone part, but all the bells and whistles that interfere with the rest of life. I fight using them for anything other than talking to people and I was never big on that with landlines. I do, however, like the fact that the phone serves as a hotspot for my laptop. –Curt

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  3. Somehow I feel all is not lost hearing about the continued existence of landline phones, and from the people who use them. I find this Red Phone just enchanting. No trash talking, gossip, harassment, or solicitation taking place on the Red Phone. Thank you for stopping by.


  4. The article that inspired the post spoke of the generation of people, now in their thirties will be the last generation to know that phones were once attached to cords that plugged into wall jacks that ran wires out of the house etc. When I lived on the Oregon Coast cell phone service was spotty at best of times. Whether that is a good thing or not could be debated. All my best to you, Curt.


  5. Wow, that’s a way to treat a relic! 🙂 Unfortunately, we live in an area without cell phone coverage and still have to rely on a land line when we are home. That means we have to double up on our phone costs. Sigh. –Curt

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  6. An amazing telephone, anything but pedestrian. Yes I did enjoy the article you linked to, tho’ already had them all sussed. It’s why I absolutely refuse to use the Facebook app or email apps. To me, if they’re pushing you all the time to use an app then it can only be to their advantage and not mine.

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  7. This is certainly not a ‘pedestrian’ phone!
    We still have landlines, and the one at the seasonal place is because cell phone coverage at that location is ‘hit or miss’. Our landline phones aren’t quite as old as your rotary dial beauty – but I’ll certainly have to give some thought to decorating one of mine!

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