Dinar Chat is like an old fashion PARTY LINE
I remember as a kid we would travel every summer to visit my grandma. She lived in a rural area of Oklahoma and I have such great memories of the train tracks next to her house and the engineer throwing candy as he waved and blew the whistle. There was an outhouse instead of indoor plumbing, flooring that was cold when we knelt at night to pray, and a huge tree that had 2 ropes and a board that I would swing and spin for hours on. But the most intriguing thing I remember was the wall telephone! When I picked up the receiver and put it to my ear it was like becoming a spy from a comic book. No one knew you were there but you could hear people talking. They were talking about everything in their lives and it didn’t even matter that I didn’t know them, I was spell bound. It was a party line and I found myself checking the phone repeatedly just to see if anyone was talking.
Party lines were common in that time period where wires had to be run miles to remote farms and houses, which meant shared lines. If you picked up your phone while somebody on your party line was talking, you overheard their conversation (and could join in). The shared line also meant you could not receive a call when the line was being used which would result in a busy signal.
Certain people did get a reputation of being a nosey and always trying to listen in on other people’s calls to hear the latest gossip. How was this discovered? A coded ring was put in place. Party 1 would be a single ring; party 2 would be two short rings, party 3 long short ring, party 4 long-short-long ring etc. However even though you would be alerted you had a phone call, you were never alerted who was listening. And heavy breathing in those days was not considered a stalker. So you can see how a young girl from California would be entertained by listen in on a party line.
I think Diner Chat is the ultimate party line. Every Thursday at 3:00 EST. I will be sharing news and answering questions not only about Larry’s Country Diner and Country’s Family Reunion TV shows but about your favorite country music legend. And just like our TV show…you never know who will join in. We will talk to Jason from customer service along with weekly Diner construction updates and Cruise information. Callers can chat with me live or just listen in. And if you are unable to listen live there is a replay on our Larry's Country Diner website.
Here is how you join on our party calls.
By phone everyone dials the same number and pin code. (425) 440-5100 Pin 909005. There is a secondary phone number if that line has exceeded its capacity (270) 506-5337 Pin 909005. Either phone number allows the caller to participate in Q & A. Once the calls begins callers just press *2 on their phone and I am able to see who wants to talk during the call. It’s that simple. You can press the speaker button on your phone if more than one person wants to listen. A real party line.
For the folks who want to listen on their I pads or computers there is a link to the call at www.larryscountrydiner.com/dinerchat. Just press the start button on the player. You can log in 15 minutes prior to the call. There is also a link for all previous calls that have been recorded.