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Old 08-19-2013, 10:14 PM   #11
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I didn't know people still used 411.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:17 PM   #12
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It's not just 411. I am an American English speaker, have absolutely no discernible accent (except when I return from a trip to Canada, and that only lasts for a week) and one of my degrees is in Theatre Arts. I speak very plainly and succinctly, and have a low voice.

I get the runaround whenever I talk to any automated service. I hate them. All of them put you through the same menu, and their "voice recognition" can't understand anything! And to top it off, I get addressed as "Sir" when I finally do get to talk to a real person!
I get "Sir" all the time. Heck, I got mistaken for a boy on the phone when I was a kid. I once phoned the operator (there was no emergency number yet) to report a small fire in our kitchen. My mother was busy putting it out. The operator said, "Little boy, I want to talk to your mother." I was very offended. I had given our address and phone number and told her the problem. What more could my mother tell her? And she was really busy.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:41 PM   #13
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I still remember my childhood phone number...Miller 8-5305, and it was a party line. In case you might think I'm ancient, I don't remember wall crank phones though.
We must be from the same era Kayelle. Our number when I was a kid growing up in Toronto was "Plymouth 5-4615". Jeez....times sure have changed
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:51 PM   #14
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Tired of getting the run around? Take a look. Works for me.

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I have used this for many, many years. Every so often I go back and check it just to make sure the company is still around. This stays in my bookmark.
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:06 PM   #15
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Tired of getting the run around? Take a look. Works for me.

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I have used this for many, many years. Every so often I go back and check it just to make sure the company is still around. This stays in my bookmark.
Yup, I find it very useful when booking flights, and the airlines make changes. You can skip over all the junk. It's the local newspapers and stores that aren't listed but are automated that drive me nuts.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:11 PM   #16
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Try getting a phone book from the phone company or worse, try to find the address of the local phone company in an attempt to have a face to face conversation with a human being. It won't happen here where I live. New cell phone service? There's some sort of service office tucked into every shopping center.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:40 PM   #17
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Try getting a phone book from the phone company or worse, try to find the address of the local phone company in an attempt to have a face to face conversation with a human being. It won't happen here where I live. New cell phone service? There's some sort of service office tucked into every shopping center.
Someone leaves a yellow pages and white pages on our porch each spring. We just recycle them.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:21 AM   #18
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It is time they stop waiting money and printing them books.
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