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Adventures with the Mojave Phone Booth Paperback – 29 May 2018
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- Publisher : Independently published (29 May 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 261 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1720269297
- ISBN-13 : 978-1720269298
- Dimensions : 19.05 x 1.5 x 25.4 cm
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So who is this chump that wrote the book? None other than the man who 'found' it and popularized it in the first place. The one who tracked it down when it was only used sporadically by a (very) small local population. How he even got directions to get to the MPB (before internet mapping and satellite images) was a small feat by itself. Bombing around on unknown condition unpaved desert roads can get you killed if you're not careful.
Find it he did, against all odds. The author camps by himself there the first time. The next time he brings a few people. Then a few more. Due to the internet taking off around that time the story was spreading. People started calling the number just to see if anyone would answer. It would ring once in awhile at first, and eventually it would ring 24-7.
It would become a place that would change lives. A mecca that became a stunning contrast of one of the most beautiful remote desert areas in the US, yet also connected to the world at all times. Literally the world, people would call from every country that had a telephone. Some didn't even speak English, they just wanted to hear for themselves the commonality of humans sharing a connection.
The author and his dorky art friends make for a lot of witty quotes and pirate adventure spirits. Far from being dry, the story flows enough that I never felt myself trudging reluctantly through the book just to get to the good part. If you've ever enjoyed reading a certain quarterly hacker publication with a four-digit title that features pictures of payphones on the inside cover, this book is a MUST read. The author seemed to socially engineer getting directions there in the first place. (Thanks Lorene!)