Butters and Strippers

Mind outta the gutter peeps though back in the day one did use butters to loosen up cable before it was stripped. ¬†You just can’t make this stuff up! LOL

About a month ago, Lulu came home from college to interview her PoPo on his job in telecommunications as part of her history project.  Her subject was a career that no longer exists or has radically changed.  She had borrowed my phone to take photos and email them to herself.  Today as I was clearing out space on my phone; I found them again.

I am not exactly sure why I was clearly space because … another plug for Amazon Prime (see related post) #1 unlimited photo storage – see this link aptly titled ¬†SUPER DUPER SCORE¬†!! And this I just learned about today thanks to my friend JLFP. ¬†Love you girl!!! ¬†And I’ve done it again, belated rabbit hole alert but that’s okay because¬†I am back :).

Moving right along, I decided to share my mini-no credit project.  Just pics.  I am such a geek; I am truly fascinated with how things have changed.

So hard to imagine that a family of four survived … no they thrived on $149 a week in 1966 and $265 a week in 1967.

He was a card-carrying union man.  Communication Workers of America (CWA) Рa company picnic is where I first met my Billy Bob.

The job of installer has changed dramatically. ¬†The specific tasks PoPo once did no longer exist instead morphed into Google mania, fiber optic, mind-blowing stuff! ¬†Yet there will always be a need for installation. ¬†Here are his hand tools the likes of which have no use today. ¬†That’s sort of sad but amazing all at the same time.


As I went through the pictures I was thrown back to a more simple yet at the same time a more complicated time. ¬†Think about the manual man hours and by the mid 70s woman hours to get anything done – complex, time consuming, slow, hard physical labor. ¬†And yet all this was just a tiny step to where we are today and without this job, there’d be no Internet. Cool, very cool!!

Now you’re all saying “J-Dub¬†you done lost your mind girl, the telephone is not the precursor to the Internet” ¬†To which I reply “Uh ya it is!” If you do not fully agree – due to some technicality of me using incorrect lingo (tomAto tomato), maybe you’ll accept¬†that they are at least connected … forever linked. ¬†Did I mention I was a geek? ¬†Yep, I am. ¬†In true Sheldon Cooper “fun with flags” fashion, I will now share a¬†brief history of telecommunication:

First we had smoke signals, next¬†carrier pigeons, followed by morse code, along comes wireless radio, then telephone, fax, mobile phone, INTERNET, email, and finally today’s handheld devices. ¬†What the heck is next?!?!? ¬†Think about the enormity of it all. ¬†My life is in the palm of my hand (figuratively but still in the palm of my hand).

In closing, what’s not to LOVE! ¬†This guy is SO loveable. ¬†He is what they call a keeper!!!! He even had a hand in inventing the Internet! ¬†Lol. ¬†Too much?? ¬†Yep, too much. ¬†Well anyway rock on wit ur bad selves.


As always, more to come.