Lunch went about as usual. Sat at a table with one other female and six males. Remember - the engineering world. So somehow we start talking about funny things from our youth. The one guy (my age - 38) mentions that when he was in junior high (guess they call it middle school now) and high school, he was way into online groups, trying to hack into computers.
What? They had the internet back then? We're talking 1982 here. Um, OK. He then admits hacking into anywhere was way un-fun as you really couldn't do things like Matthew Broderick did in War Games. (BTW, I loved that movie). And he admits, there was no hot girl watching him hack into these places. In fact, the internet world back them was utterly void of females.
So why did he stop? According to him, he discovered he liked girls way better than computers and never looked back.
So then he tells the funny story about how (back in middle school once again), someone tells him and his friends about a great phone number you could call to hear recordings of girls. Yep, you just dial One Nine hundred. And so he and his friends went to his house and each called over and over again for days on end. All was fine until his parents got the $400 phone bill.
So why am I mentioning this? Aside from the fact I almost fell out of my chair laughing, I think it's great to see this insight into the middle school boy's mind.