I survived the endangerment and eventual near extinction of the pay phone. This species is now only found hiding in small habitat niches in train stations, air ports, bus stations, convenience stores and jails . They used to be so common and widespread that they were often found hanging out on telephone poles both in the country and the city and often found niches on the interior of almost all public buildings. Where have all the pay phones gone or have they just changed form. Is a mobile phone a type of payphone? How many 25 cent phone calls could you make a month for the price of your mobile service?
I also survived the death of the drinking fountain they have disappeared you know. Found now only in older buildings and schools they used to be wide-spread often even appearing outdoors in parks, on the sides of buildings and even at gas stations. Amazingly water used to be free in those places. You could just go up and take a drink! You didn’t even have to ask permission! It was an expected convenience. Now unable to move change or adapt the drinking fountain has been supplanted in its range by high cost water in plastic bottles with added, “minerals”
Although the endangerment of the drinking fountain and the pay phone has disturbed the “force” it is nothing compared to the rapidly oncoming demise of the Twinkies and HoHos. Hostess has declared bankruptcy and if the Twinkie disappears how will all the young people of our world ever be able to experience one of the pinnacle points of our youth. Memories of standing in a gas station at 1:oo AM talking to your girl on a pay phone which was usually located close to the drinking fountain eating a deliciously bad for you but curiously unfulfilling Twinkie or HoHo and washing it down with free water. I fear those days are gone forever
RIP Payphone, Drinking Fountain, Twinkie, HoHo, Suzy Q, Ding Dong and Sno-Ball I will miss your presence even if I can’t eat you any more.