979W3. The party line at New Zion, my first phone number ever from the late 1950’s. I still remember it!

Why do we remember those numbers far beyond their times?

Fast forward to the present.

(337) 457-8506. To aulde lang syne.

No use for land line phones and answering machines.

No use for land line phones and answering machines.

A phone book listing, a 30+ year old numerical artifact no longer in service as of this day: the infamous number that elementary school teachers dialed when Zach talked too much in school, the number that lonesome Papa called from drilling rigs on the briny Gulf to chat with Mom during 7 day offshore hitches in the 80’s, the number that Ann’s teachers never called because Ann was such an angel in school … Yes, a fabled set of numerals from family lore. But no tears shed we, embracers of technology! What need we with land lines? Forge we onward and upward in the digital age!

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