Friday, February 22, 2013

did you page me?

I had a conversation with Deion yesterday. He's 13 and very wise beyond his age. But there are times that I forget about the world that he lives in.

"Dad, if I get all A's can I get an iPhone?"

"Yeah, but you've gotta get all A's."

"What if I get 1 B?"

"I'll get you a pager."

"Huh? What's a pager?"

It dawned on me that this kid had NO idea what a pager was. So I had to break down to him what a pager was. I explained to him how his dad rode around Atlanta with $10 in quarters in my car in the event that somebody paged me. I think I may have been the last guy in the world to get a cellphone. Deion was born in 1999. I don't think I got my first cellphone until 2000.

As I was explaining to him the process of getting a "beep" and then using a payphone to call someone back, I realized how far we have come in technology. Pagers were every thing back in the day. A pager on your hip was a fashion statement that people wore like an accessory. You had to make sure that you had some fresh batteries (i always used Duracell) because you didn't want to miss a page. Unlike cellphones, you couldn't charge a pager.

After my brief lesson in technology, I realized that he was more focused on getting an iPhone than getting a pager. I didn't tell him that pagers are pretty much extinct now. So in his's all A's or nothing. And that's the way that it should be.


Tee Reese said...


Never got into the pager... thankfully. I was one of those, I'll see you when I see you or I'll get the message off my answering message.

I concur, All As or nothing.

LadyLee said...

That was funny. And imagine Deion going to school and discussing the pagers with his buddies.

I had a pager. It was cool to have one.

And I remember when the cost of using a payphone was a dime. Sigh.

The F_Uitlist said...

Hahaha!I remember my first pager I knew I was the sh*t once I had that. My pager, my gold tooth, three finger rings and Jordan's! You couldn't tell me nothing