I just read Jill's post about getting a busy signal when calling her folks (I am used to that too). Her reminiscence reminded me of those high school days of dialing and re-dialing and talking on the phone while twirling the cord around my leg. (remember when phones had cords?) Also, did you guys have party lines? Some of my friends had those. It's like an unintentional conference call where you don't necessarily invite all of the attendees. Something else? I came from a very rural area and our phone number? 5811. four digits. it's like built in speed dial.