Shooting messengers, leaving no soldier behind, a tribute to institutional competence, mysteries at the foul line, and the junk we toss in the Mississippi.
It had to happen sooner or later. A new generation would turn to the old generation for communication when it counts.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the payphone is making a comeback in New York. Cellphone service is spotty, if it exists at all. And without electricity, many have been unable to keep their newfangled phones charged.
The local payphone, the Wall St. Journal reports, has been their salvation, at least for those who can figure out how they work.
"I lost a lot of coins," one New Yorker said. Eventually, she figured it out.
"Phones that normally do two dollars a day are taking in $50 a day," says Peter Izzo of Van Wagner Communications, one of 13 local pay-phone-operating franchises. "In times of distress, the people of the city love them."
After the storm struck, people under umbrellas waited in line at some pay phones downtown Tuesday.
"During disasters, we sometimes have to empty them every day," says Thomas Keane, chief executive officer of Pacific Telemanagement Services, a pay-phone operator whose New York locations include transit stations, hospitals and police offices. "It takes 300 to 400 calls a day for that to happen."
In the rush to the wireless world, maybe it's not such a bad idea to keep a few things wired.
(Image: Payphone by pamhule, on Flickr)(2 Comments)
Airlines face fewer daunting challenges than getting people to look up and pay attention to the FAA-required safety briefing before a flight takes off.
Air New Zealand has figured out -- at least temporarily -- one way to do it: A film, inspired by an upcoming The Hobbit movie.(2 Comments)
It's 1973 again out East. Today, gas lines are the norm as people try to find suddenly rare commodities in order to get from here to there...
Lines to get buses into New York City stretched for blocks...
Even if you could find gas, you wasted most of it waiting in traffic...
But nobody's poking fun at some people now...
(All images via Getty Images)(1 Comments)
It's almost impossible to hear the stories coming from New York and New Jersey and not think, "how would that go over if that happened here?"
Take this announcement today, for example. The "vast majority" of people in New York won't get power back until November 10th and some may not get it back until late November.
This video shows why that might be a bigger deal than in other parts of the country.(2 Comments)