Monday, October 05, 2009

What Ever Happened to the Walkie-Talkie?

I know that this question is decidedly random, but I came across the question when I was reminiscing to my family vacation and playing with my cousin, whose family is lucky enough to own a pair of walkie-talkies. Once my sister and I possessed the delightful transmission devices, but battery ran out, and my mother--who is a famous miser when it comes to batteries--declined to replace them. Since then, one pair has gotten lost and I'm sure another's buttons have been broken off.

Putting the personal issue of the decline of our own walkie-talkies aside, I was curious as to what ever happened to walkie-talkies in general. I hardly ever see them in public--I see people on cell-phones instead. While this is understandable--after all, walkie-talkies can only go a certain distance, can have battery issues, shaky transmission, and you have to press off to let the other person talk. But there's something wonderfuly Park Ranger-esque about the walkie-talkie, and (just like park rangers), I hope that they will still be around when my descendants walk the earth.

Over and out.


1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:19 AM

    I used to work as security assistant a couple of years ago. We used walkie-talkies all the time. I like your description very much but in reality I did not like using them. It was very hard to hear anything if I was in a noisy place and it was impossible to have a one-to-one talk since everyone on the frequency could hear our conversation.