How many of you remember "party line" telephones? I suppose it shows my age to say that I do. My parents lived out in the country in the Ozarks when I was in college (in the mid-1980s... so I'm not that old!), and it was the only kind of line they could get, even then. Surely they don't still have them anywhere, do they?
I found it greatly annoying to have the neighbors constantly picking up the phone when I was trying to talk to my husband-to-be who lived in the next state over. They just had no patience for "young love"! On the other hand there's the "benefit" of being able to "listen in" to see what is going on at the neighbor's. Not that you were supposed to do that. And not that I ever did. (At least, not much... and only by accident!)
I've mentioned my interest in vintage activities, and one activity I enjoy is listening to old time radio shows from the 1930s and '40s. My favorite is the Lum & Abner show about the two old hillbillies who have a general store in a small town in Arkansas. They have an old jangly telephone that rings often, and it's on a party line. Much of the humor of the storyline was drawn from the idea of eavesdropping on the neighbors.
That's kind of what blogging reminds me of... the old party line. Neighbors calling each other just to visit, and the lurkers are kinda like the eavesdroppers listening in. I learned a few days ago that it's officially "de-lurking" week, so if you fall in that category now's the time to speak up and introduce yourself! Blogging is so much fun! I've made new friends and connected with old friends, and I enjoy getting to know everyone better.
I'd like to invite everyone to join my "party line"... and to celebrate I am going to be hosting a bi-weekly giveaway. In the past, all you had to do to be entered in my giveaways was post a comment during a certain length of time. I'm going to change that up a bit. My giveaways will be open to my regular blog visitors... but I won't know who you are unless you post a comment. If you're not already listed on my side-bar and you'd like to be, just let me know. And I'd love it if you would return the favor. Every other Monday (starting January 21) I will choose a winner from among my friends. Usually the prize will be a book, but you never know... I might offer something I've knitted or crocheted, too. Won't that be fun?
Well... Thanks for listenin' in... Let's chat again soon!