Tag Archive for childhood

But It’s Unlisted!

When I was in 7th grade my friends and I made a daily habit of crank-calling people. We’d congregate around the white Panasonic speakerphone and dial local numbers randomly. We’d usually keep it to a few prefixes that we were familiar with. We had a few routines that were fun. I liked to start out the conversation by asking them who THEY were. Which is why, to this day, if a caller begins the call with “Hi, who is this?” I always respond, “I give up.”


[ring ring]
“Hi, who’s this?”
“This is Dorothy, who is this?” Read more

PBS Scared The Shit Out Of Me

When I was a kid, this was one of the scariest things on television. I used to hide behind the sofa or run into my bedroom when I heard it.


WTF is that evil-looking P-head man? Why is his nose so razor-sharp? What’s with that big dilated sideways eye? He’s going to nab me! And peck me to death with his knife face! WAAHH!!


Creepy music, too! Scary delay, odd atonal symphony.
Yeeks! I’m getting the chills all over again!



I think I should register this with the good folks at http://www.kindertrauma.com/



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