Calling Plan  

MissAnnThrope 56F
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5/5/2006 10:07 pm

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Calling Plan

Last night, I was watching, "I Saw What You Did." The original William Castle movie, not the crappy remake from the 80s.

For those of you who have never heard of it, the movie concerns two teenage girls who are alone for the night. For fun, they start making prank calls. At one point, they start telling people they call, "I saw what you did and I know who you are." All well and good, but one guy they called had just killed his wife, that very evening. Not to mention, he knows a woman saw him digging the grave out in the woods. So he's paranoid with just cause.

I won't spoil the rest of the movie for those of you who haven't seen it and might want to someday. But the movie got me thinking about how when we were kids, making prank calls was the thing to do. Everyone did it. Then it occurred to me that kids these days have it rough. Can they even make prank calls anymore?

Back when I was that age, we didn't have caller ID, call blocking, any of that. You had to be kept on the phone for a certain amount of time for it to be traced. We had to stick to local calls, as there was no such thing as a nationwide calling plan. As long as we kept it local, the phone company didn't keep a record of who was calling. We were anonymous.

But kids can block the number, right? Well, yes and no. If you have caller ID, you can also get call blocking. Anyone who calls you without an identifying number on the other end can't get through. So this has to make it rough for kids to still make prank calls, right? The last thing you want is your victim calling your parents later on to tell them what you've been up to.

Am I way off base here, thinking that it's gotten hard for kids to make these calls anymore?

OboesHonedIambs 62F

5/6/2006 12:39 am

No, you're not off base. I think we were amongst the last generation of children who could play, run in packs, do things like make prank calls and ring the doorbells of neighborhood haunted houses without being criminalized for our behaviors. I think today's kids are getting ripped off big time.

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MissAnnThrope replies on 5/11/2006 1:01 pm:
I agree. Kids these days can't do a thing without being called on it. If they do, they're suddenly prescribed ADHD drugs.

rm_VoodooGuru1 49M
2053 posts
5/6/2006 2:40 am

No doubt. There will never be another Jerky Boys or Tube Bar collection of tapes... though today they'd be available for download rather than organically being traded & duped campus to campus.

The upside is that there will never be another Jerky Boys movie.

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/11/2006 1:01 pm:
I never saw the Jerky Boys movie. So I'm not missing anything?

EroticaXTC 50F

5/6/2006 5:40 am

You're right, and this wonderful feature came about because of reasons such as prank calls... But it won't end the pranks of youth, just force kids today to be a little more creative...
Hmmmm, I wonder if that's a good thing or a bad thing

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/11/2006 1:02 pm:
I think that all depends. I know there's a prank out there for AIM. An automated prank IM program. I've gotten a few people going with that.

free2chose2 66F

5/6/2006 6:22 am

Todays kids, hack into computers,talk to "dirty ole"men posing as peers online

Don't worry, be Happy

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/11/2006 1:03 pm:
Yeah, but dirty old men are posing as hot 19 year old girls online. So I think it evens out there.

TheRealThing655 48F
9558 posts
5/6/2006 7:13 am

That was a great post. I absolutely agree....making prank calls was one of the "bad" things my friends and I would do. Oh,it's definitely harder with all the technology out there today. I don't have Caller ID but most people do these days. Too big a risk for the kiddies getting caught.
Another thing I think of...I grew up in a town where the town next to us were our "rivals" in sports, etc. My friends and I would drive around their town with fake guns, roll down the windows and yell, "SWAT Team, you Fuckin' (name of town) one ever took us seriously, but today? Huge no-no.
I have two boys. My older one loves to play with toy guns and role play. I can't let him take his arsenal to parks and such. It is just not politically correct to do so with all the violence today. It is kind of sad in a way, because many little boys (and girls too) just like the whole role playing cops/robbers and army stuff but it has to be limited to the home because of just the way things are these days.

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/11/2006 1:06 pm:
Yeah, in the days of drive-by shootings, pretending to shoot people from the car could get you shot too. That's another problem with letting kids have toy guns in public. Unless it's a super soaker in a bright neon color, the kid could be shot by cops with bad eyesight. There have been a few cases of nervous cops shooting children with toy guns.

HBowt2 59F

5/6/2006 7:19 am

having a few of that species of human being....namely children...i'm so glad it's much harder....they know to much and have a much nastier streak than us angels ever did.......

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/11/2006 1:08 pm:
Oh my. So children today are Hell's angels?

cuteNEway 41F

5/6/2006 7:32 am

I always sucked at prank calls anyway lol...I'd giggle...

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/11/2006 1:09 pm:
Heh. I burst out laughing once when I called the local supermarket and asked if they had rubber baby buggy bumpers and they actually checked.

NickRules999 39M
9462 posts
5/6/2006 10:48 am

If you've read my blog, you'll find I haven't had much trouble, though I'm no longer doing the Soo Sing voice. The last Soo Sing call is in my blog.

Come into my realm! You aren't afraid...are you?

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/11/2006 1:11 pm:
But yours tend to be specific and not random. Nor are they the typical kind of calls we made at 10.

rm_CauseISaidSo 48F
182 posts
5/6/2006 3:24 pm

Ooo, was this the movie with Joan Crawford as the Kravitz-y neighbor? That was a good fun one, I saw it a while ago.

Tis true, you can't do the prank calls like in the olden days. Thanks to modern technology. (unless you live in Bart Simpson's Springfield, where everyone up to the mayor is intelligence-inhibited. I think Police Chief Wiggumn is one of the two biggest idiots in Springfield. Nevertheless, even Bart doesn't prank call anymore. Sobering.)

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/11/2006 1:12 pm:
It was indeed the one with Joan Crawford.

8324 posts
5/6/2006 5:43 pm

You have a point, Ann.

But realize that kids nowadays don't want to prankcall. They'd rather play on the computer or Sony Playstation.

Taunting adults via prankcall is played out and has been for a long time now.


"My every move is a calculated step, to bring me closer to embrace an early death." -Tupac Shakur

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/11/2006 1:15 pm:
Yeah and email pranks are a lot easier. Although, the kind of pranks computer savvy kids play... I don't know if this is still true, but kids used to write viruses and trojans to show companies that they were too young to join that they were talented programmers.

lifeisablast333 54M

5/6/2006 8:39 pm

cool, we love watching the classics....the redneck

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/11/2006 1:15 pm:
It's a fun movie. It's William Castle, after all.

rm_1hotwahine 63F
21091 posts
5/7/2006 2:37 am

They all have their own cell phones.

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/11/2006 1:16 pm:
Which also cuts down on prank calls. Otherwise, when the bill arrives...

Pasting 55M

5/7/2006 11:10 am

I have vonage and all calls made are logged and easily available to see online. All incoming ones are too. I did not make many prank calls as a youngster, I tried to find other ways of torturing strangers ... usually my mere presence did the trick. Last thing I needed was for someone to find out I used the family phone for goofing purposes, my father didn't need more reasons to beat me senseless.

How are you doing, Ana? I hope all is well with you. I have been staying away from this site and from people in general, seems to hurt less when noone knows you are alive. Take care of yourself.

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/11/2006 1:20 pm:
Our biggest challenge was keeping the calls local, so they didn't appear on the bill.

Yeah, yeah. You act like there aren't people checking the obits to make sure they don't see your name.

ElegantGreenEyes 55F

5/7/2006 12:35 pm

I love this movie (but it's not as good as "Queen Bee" or "Strait Jacket")

I think you're right on about prank calls - too easy to trace these days.

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/11/2006 1:21 pm:
I've never seen Queen-Bee. hmmm... Netflix, here I come.

Hippink 35F
4499 posts
5/7/2006 10:20 pm

I was thinking the same thing recently! A kid might try it, but they'll learn VERY quickly that they certainly can't get away with it!

It's a damned shame, too. Those prank calls were fun. I'm sad that my poor son will never be able to pick a number out of the book at random, say something stupid, struggling to keep a straight face, then giggle with his friends until they peed their pants afterwards. *sigh*

I'm an avid watcher of all those forensics & true crime shows... You can't get away with ANYTHING these days!
Hippie XXX

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/11/2006 1:23 pm:
I've been known to veg out watching those too. On the one hand, they deter people. On the other hand, they do tell you what kind of mistakes not to make.

ToungerPleaser 63M
1 post
5/10/2006 4:30 pm

when I was a child we had a phone number similar to a TV repair business in our town. Sometimes people would call and asked how to fix their 19" Admiral black and white set. We use to step them through taking the masonite cover off the back of the TV (in those days you could do stuff like that), the ask them to remove all of the vacuum tubes (remember those?), then we asked them to take the tubes down to the shop for testing. We never found out what happened at the shop, but most of those tubes looked similar and those fools could not reinstall them. This was especially entertaining on Sunday evenings when Ed Sullivan and Bonanza were on. They would call and ask if we were open. We said yes, and launched into the procedure to remove the tubes. We told them that we will wait for them to come down to test the tubes. Well you can figure the rest out. It was fun! Too bad technology foils sophomoric rituals like that.

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/11/2006 1:27 pm:
I remember those TVs. They were easier to repair. With solid state TVs, they go and you have to go out and buy a new one.

But that reminds me of when a friend of mine got her phone. The number they gave her was the former number of the local suicide prevention hotline. This was in the early 80s and places like that were just getting 800 numbers. So, she started getting calls at all sorts of hours from people who wanted to kill themselves, as her number was still in the phone book as the suicide prevention hotline. What did she do? Instead of finding the actual number for them to call, she started giving them my number, as I was good at talking to people! I wanted to kill her.

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