Flimsy Sanity: Little Town Life

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Monday, July 23, 2007

Little Town Life

It is almost a rarity anymore, but the town of Albert Lea has a locally owned radio station. It is wonderful. In the morning from 9 to 10:30 there is a show called Party Line (it is only we old people that know about the old days when people could listen in on other landline phone calls on the thing called a party line, although rich people could pay more and get a private line). People call in to give things away, advertise their rummage sales, try and find their lost pets. Sometimes people will call in to complain about things, but usually just local problems, not the national scene. If things get slow, the announcer gives recipes and invariably someone calls in to get it repeated because they missed an ingredient.

Today it must have been desperation time at the studio. The announcer annouced the new game: Quess what is in my lunch? The first clue was "bread" and people started calling up to list sandwiches. Laughed my ass off (where did that saying ever come from - physically impossible).


  • At 6:55 PM, Anonymous RJ Adams said…

    I remember the occasion my parents decided to have their first telephone installed. My father wanted a party line (to save his money) but my mother refused.

    "I'm not having all the world and his wife listening in on my conversations," was her indignant response. However much Dad tried to persuade her one other subscriber could hardly be called "all the world and his wife," she was adamant, and of course, got her own way in the end.


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