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Phone Booths: useful convenience or pedestrian sex-ed opportunity?

I mean really, when is the last time you saw someone actually put a quarter into the phone slot and make a phone call. Is it even a quarter any more?  For that matter, when is the last time that you–or anyone you know–picked up one of those pay phones and actually heard a dial tone?

The booths exist now, I’m sure, as sheer revenue-producing devices for the city, and while I’m all for the city making more money (thus perhaps enabling the sanitation workers to make more money, stop being angry at the mayor, and start picking up garbage), I’m tired of these mini-billboards touting things I don’t want to look at.

Although actually, it’s not the looking that’s the problem. It’s the explaining.

My kids know what “endurance” means. Should I tell them that this ad is for some particularly long-lasting kind of underwear?

How would you explain the relevance of “endurance” to what, exactly, these two people are doing? Or preparing to do?

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6 Responses to Phone Booths: useful convenience or pedestrian sex-ed opportunity?

  1. Dick January 3, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    You could tell them they’re having a staring contest?

  2. Deborah Quinn January 3, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

    @Dick: that’s brilliant! A staring contest in a really warm place, which would explain the lack of general clothedness.

  3. Dick Horwich January 4, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    Or maybe he has something in his eye, and he’s asked her if she can see it.

  4. Suzie January 4, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    @Dick&Deborah&Dick: Genius!

  5. Ann January 5, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Or you could tell them that it’s about the endurance of love. At which point you would lose credibility with them for the rest of your and their lives.

  6. Tonya January 6, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    I guess I should be upset about the sexuality of the poster and the awkward questions my son will have as a result but, really, it just makes me feel bad about my body, which then makes me resent equinox.

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