Saturday, February 09, 2008

the daily shout out

Good Morning! Melbourne, Westcourt, Tallin, Vilnius, Zebbug, Eyguieres, Dewsbury,Illescas, Rio Branco, Hallifax and everyone in the US from Honolulu to Portland! As a person who hasn't had the privilege of traveling outside of the United States (or inside it much, for that matter) I am fascinated by the placenames and imagined lives of the people who visit my blog. I'm quite likely to wind up paying to continue using the NeoEarth widget that appears in my sidebar. Imagine, someone from Malta has dropped by recently. I have become a computer chair traveler. Someday, I may just get a passport. Many years ago I was telephone operator and I always loved the opportunity of getting someone an international, person to person phone call. How many of you even remember having an operator handle a call for you? Many of the women I worked with had a great deal of stress from that job. I faced the fact early on that nobody calls the operator to tell her to "Have a nice day!" so I rarely took the daily quota of abuse personally. When I was moved into the customer service and sales arena it got a lot worse. For a long time after I left that position I missed conversations that started out with "BITCH!". I'm one of those lucky persons who was blessed with a good phone voice so I took each confrontational caller as an opportunity at lion taming sans chair and whip. I usually won the toss. Yep, the board I worked in 1971 looked just like this one. Hello World!

5 comments:

zquilts said...

Uh oh - another similarity. I worked a switchboard too - and one that looked remarkable like that. I worked in Rockefeller Center for a Rockefeller company...my first "real" job - though I was, it seemed, their token colorful hippy style person (I was very young at the time - maybe 18 or less).It did not last long - but I DO remember the excitement of connecting the international calls !

Nellie's Needles said...

Boy, just think how far phones evolved. I don't have a cell phone and am not sure I could, or would, learn all it's features. However, I too at one time knew how to operate a switch board as an operator.

carrie said...

I never operated a board that big, but the first company I worked for had a little doll's eye switchboard.....

sharon said...

deb, i enjoy your blog and the pic of the operator. i retired in '06 with 33 years w/SBC - of course we had just changed to at&t prior to that.....so hired on with AT&T (southern bell) and retired with at&t (SBC).......a complete circle. HA! and they said it'd never happen !

Dianna in Maui said...

Aloha from Maui, frequently ID'd as Honolulu (something we locals refer to as living in the State of Oahu)! Deborah, really enjoy reading your blog and seeing your work. You are so prolific! Will stop by for another visit soon.