It's rather interesting the way this week's selection came to be. I was all set to just put up an old school pic and call it a day. Of course that meant having to go all the way to the nearest Wal-Mart and scan some more old pics since my scanner is broke. Fortunately, something happened that prevented me from having to go thru all that hassle.
I was dealing with a customer and they gave me their email to contact them. It was an AOL email address. I probably see one of those about once every 6 months and it still baffles me. People really still have those?? As far as email goes, AOL is a dinosaur. I thought it was extinct. I mentioned the anomaly to the Twitter fam to which someone remarked that person probably still has an answering machine too. Now THAT was something I hadn't seen in a while.
When they first came out they were all the rage. You didn't have to worry anymore about not getting in touch with someone because you could finally leave a message if they weren't home. You just had to hope they had one of those jokers that first started out about almost the size of boom boxes using the old style cassette tapes. Then you had to further hope that tape hadn't filled up so you could leave a message.
My fondest memory of an answering machine was when I was in college. Answering machines were like toys for us. My friends and I would constantly try to outdo each other with the answering messages we left. Remember how you would always have background music playing while you recorded your answer message? Then there was always that one person who let the background music go entirely TOO long before you ultimately heard the beep.
My favorite type of answer message to leave was the prank kind that would only work a few times. It was the one where you would leave the message as if you were actually answering the phone so people wouldn't realize they were talking to a recording. I could only use it for about a week before people caught on. But when it did work, it was pure gold hearing the message people would leave. That one got old quick when everyone and their mom tried to do it.
Technology would eventually evolve even more and voicemail would take the place of answering machines. You will occasionally come across that rare individual who still has an answering machine but they are few and far between. I have yet to see anyone under the age of 40 using them. Do stores even sell them anymore? I'm just waiting to see what the next step in technology will be that allows us to further screen people's efforts to get in touch with one another.