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I Honestly Think Boris Johnson Will Not Be PM For Much Longer..

He is getting confronted from all sides, for all of his antics..most recently, his use of the police as a backdrop for a political stunt..he lost three times on votes in Parliament yesterday..

The live feed of Parliament yesterday was fascinating, as well, the live journo feed today seems like a no-confidence vote may be on the horizon..MPs are forming coalitions, many MPs will not be standing up for re-election in the next election...

Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Thu Sep 5, 2019, 02:24 PM (8 replies)

Your story of your grandmother, as an operator who had to sleep at the exchange

due to a blizzard...brings me to my experience during the great blackout of 1965 New England and NY..I was just coming up on the end of my shift..around 6pm..all operators required to stay..they brought in cots.. I stayed another couple hours, started shift at 9am. made my way to a gas station that had a generator..and then off to my second job at the Framingham Motor Inn - I worked the cord board.. had to hand crank the 2 position board for juice to the rooms and out going calls....people were coming in from the Mass Pike, and we were the first Inn off the highway - no one knew until later how it happened...

I will never forget that night, I got a call shortly after getting to the Inn, from my Mom's neighbor to come home, the Fire Dept was there, Mom had decided to light the fireplace, but she forgot to open the flew, and the house filled with smoke - Mom had terrible asthma, and the neighbor took her in..

Folk lore a squirrel chewed the lines..nope.

On a particularly cold November evening, power demands for heating, lighting, and cooking were pushing the electrical system to near its peak capacity. Transmission lines heading into southern Ontario were heavily loaded. The safety relay had been mis-programmed

Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 03:34 PM (0 replies)

Good question..party line requests, it was cheaper..but we had to tell customers

the other party could listen in..oops...I remember the line assigners, even though the order called for party line, they would assign a single line cable - pair.....


oops...In December 1942, University of Tennessee's strategy in an American football game versus University of Mississippi was revealed to the opposing coach as a telephone on the Ole Miss team's bench had been inadvertently wired to the same party line..

In 1989, the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company replaced party lines with individual lines in Talcott, West Virginia, a rural area which once had as many as sixteen subscribers on one line.[32] Universities also phased out the systems, which were once common in student dormitories. Illinois State University terminated its last party line in 1990.[33] Woodbury, Connecticut's independent telephone company abandoned its last party lines in 1991, the last in that state to do so.[34] The same year, Southwestern Bell announced its intentions to replace all of its party lines in Texas with individual line service by November 1994,[35] and the company's last party line finally shut down in 1996.

Pacific Bell phased out most of its party lines by 1997, and the last ones operating in Nevada shut down in 2001. As of 2002, SBC Ameritech's only operating party lines were located in Michigan.[36] USA Today reported in 2000 that over 5,000 party lines still existed in the United States, but the majority of them were only connected to one telephone, and therefore appeared like individual telephone service at cheaper rates.

Ready for this one - In 1956, Southern Bell officials refused a request from a public utilities commissioner in Jackson, Mississippi to segregate party telephone lines on racial boundaries. Saner heads prevailed....
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 12:57 PM (0 replies)

You are so right..although, I'm not complaining..was a great PT job, still in HS, 17 years old,

bought a car, went FT, and never looked back..held many jobs, from dial bureau (assigning telephone numbers to orders, new, change etc etc..to dispatcher of installers 1967, we had one woman, in a sea of men, who was a line assigner, cable and pair for tel. connection, installers used this info at time of install..1972 I came back to work in the business office, the primo job at the time....lot's of history, lots of promos when women were seen as more than an operator..a long journey that I look back on with fond memories...
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 12:39 PM (1 replies)

So much history..thanks for a walk down memory lane..I wanted to know if there are still

Ringdown communities...nope..1983 last one...

In telephony, ringdown is a method of signaling an operator in which telephone ringing current is sent over the line to operate a lamp or cause the operation of a self-locking relay known as a drop.

Ringdown is used in manual operation, as distinguished from automatic signaling by dialing a number. The signal consists of a continuous or pulsed alternating current (AC) signal transmitted over the line. It may be used with or without a telephone switchboard. The term originated in magneto telephone signaling in which cranking the magneto generator, either integrated into the telephone set or housed in a connected ringer box, would not only ring its bell but also cause a drop to fall down at the telephone exchange switchboard, marked with the number of the line to which the magneto telephone instrument was connected.

The last ringdown telephone exchange in the United States was located at Bryant Pond, Maine, had 400+ subscribers, and converted to dial service in October 1983.
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 12:31 PM (2 replies)

Yes, bifurcation 1983, divestiture 1984 - I went with the Mothership ATT, we had a choice..

New England Telephone served most of the New England area of the United States, including Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont as a part of the original AT&T for seven decades. After the Bell System divestiture, it merged with New York Telephone to form NYNEX in 1984. After 1994, the name was no longer officially publicly used (although it was still used internally for portions of operations).

1983 American Bell, this was the year of bifurcation, 1984 ATT divestiture...and the PhoneCenter division, I had been with the PhoneCenter since beginning 1978..came over from training division..my alma mater - I made the right choice..CWA won unionization in PCS....although management, I welcomed the union, clear employee/management relationship..
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 12:24 PM (0 replies)

ATT - not my ATT..we had values, and mission statements, loyalty from company..

In 2005, SBC purchased AT&T for $16 billion. After this purchase, SBC adopted the better-known AT&T name and brand, with the original AT&T Corp. still existing as the long-distance landline subsidiary of the merged company. The current AT&T claims the original AT&T Corp.'s history (dating to 1885) as its own.

Seems SBC has instilled their lack of values they always had..I remember a customer from FL, was not happy with me, because I wouldn't take calls off his bill, he went over my head to my boss (was management at the time, was on a takeover call, unruly customer)..come to find out, he was a SBC employee..boy, did he catch it..talk about backfire..
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 12:08 PM (1 replies)

A pic at link shows the long bank of positions from 1943..I worked at one in 1964 (still in HS)

My job description below..

In the 1960s, once most phone subscribers had direct long-distance dialing, a single type of operator began to serve both the local and long distance functions. A customer might call to request a collect call, a call billed to a third number, or a person-to-person call. All toll calls from coin phones required operator assistance. The operator was also available to help complete a local or long-distance number which did not complete. For example, if a customer encountered a reorder tone (a fast busy signal), it could indicate "all circuits busy," or a problem in the destination exchange. The operator might be able to use a different routing to complete the call. If the operator could not get through by dialing the number, she could call the inward operator in the destination city, and ask her to try the number, or to test a line to see if it was busy or out of order.


Who didn't have a family member working for Ma Bell..that PT job turned into a FT job upon graduation..retired with 30 years..broke service for 5 years..retired '98...held many jobs ..spent last twenty years in Management..was a great career..

Talk about remembering Tel. numbers..I remember exchanges from Massachusetts..and area codes (602 NH, 207 Maine, 401 RI, 203 CT) from surrounding states to this day..Walpole MA , Montrose 8(668), or Framingham MA Trinity (87) (872,3,5,7,9) etc etc..I honestly believe that is why I love math..

Did you know in 1964, when I was hired, we had to sign employment papers that included "I AM not a communist"
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 11:57 AM (1 replies)

How do I count the ways Hubby Shows Me Up -

Couple of weeks ago, I noticed the nightlight in one of the bathrooms was out..so I changed the bulb..(yes, I checked another outlet in the kitchen, the bulb worked) - nope, won't work in either outlet in bathroom..the switches for the other lights in BR work..what the hell..neither of the outlets have a GFS..I know just enough - process of elimination..

He hasn't been feeling well, and I didn't want to bother him..I am an independent DIYer..if you know what I mean..well, this morning he was feeling a little better so I asked him where the electric tester was..neither of the outlets have a GFS - here I'm thinking I need an electrician, but it wasn't important enough to do right now...

I felt bad even telling him, told him it wasn't important right now..just an fyi - he told me to push the GFS button, I told him there wasn't one..poor thing..got up out of bed, and went to the bathroom..gee, there isn't a GFS, (me, DUH), anyway..he went to the kitchen, pushed the GFS at that switch, says, now try it..OMG..it works..

I asked him WTH, he said, BR outlets on same line as Kitchen..I am still saying WTH....his feathers are just gloriously fanned for all to see..what a strut. Hubby for the win..made him feel a little better, not sure if it was the fix, or he got one on me...
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Mon Aug 19, 2019, 02:12 PM (4 replies)

Latest From Portland..BTW..Gibson turned himself in from May 2019 incident..

Joey Gibson, leader of Vancouver-based right-wing group Patriot Prayer, turned himself in to the downtown Portland jail Friday in connection with charges linked to a May Day melee outside a Portland bar.


Too..Oath Keepers bowing out of protest....

Be safe Portland...
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sat Aug 17, 2019, 09:48 AM (2 replies)
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