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Stopping in Houston? Who do you call?

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February 06, 2007

Stopping in Houston? Who do you call?

Stephen Baker

I changed planes in Houston, looked at my watch and had a quaint 1980s thought: Maybe I had time to call a couple of friends in the 713 area code!

There's an entire generation now that doesn't even remember such thoughts. But it wasn't that long ago that if you found yourself on a layover somewhere, you'd call local friends and talk to them for a quarter, or even a dime. It was almost like a free long-distance call, which was akin to free money. "It's nice to hear your voice," we'd tell each other, and we'd promise to write more often.

Just a revery from those days before cell phones obliterated geography and email slayed letters.

12:13 PM


How the years march on! But there's still something special about looking up old friends when you're in town, even for a brief layover. Saying, "I'm here, and I thought of you," is timeless, though we live in a compressed and electronically connected world.

Posted by: Chris Baskind at February 6, 2007 04:38 PM

When I have layovers, I call people I know there and tell them to get their butts to the airport for a visit!

Posted by: Max Kalehoff at February 7, 2007 08:50 AM

I can't imagine how crazy about a person I would have to be to drive over to JFK or even LaGuardia for a one-hour visit. I think that only a "conjugal visit," as the inmates call them, would would move me to such an extreme.

Posted by: steve baker at February 7, 2007 10:48 AM

713.... and 281, and 832, and 409, and 936.....

Houston's grown since the 80's.

Posted by: Bob at February 7, 2007 11:09 AM

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