Mount Sutro: An Electronic Periodical

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Yeah, so I am a nerd. Sue me.

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I got a call last Wednesday from Chris who said his courier job was going to be taking him to Tampa and back during the afternoon. He said that he would not mind some company for the four-hour roundtrip, especially with the nasty weather. I agreed and we met-up at a friend's house downtown where I would leave my car for the day (since it would have taken him a good forty-five minutes to come pick me up at home).

We got on our way and made decent time on the way to Tampa, up until around the Lakeland area, when heavy rain slowed the traffic a bit. As we continued southwest on Interstate 4, we passed through the rain which seemed to be moving in the opposite direction and were greeted with slightly overcast skies. Our destination was near the airport, so we took Interstate 4 to the end, hopped on Interstate 275 and then exited onto North Dale Mabry Highway, a significant six-lane thoroughfare in the Tampa Bay area. As we drove down Dale Mabry, I happened to glance to the left where I saw this:

Now you are probably thinking to yourself, "what the hell?" My excited pointing and exclamation upon seeing this sign was as much to a mystery to Chris then as it is to you now. "What? What?!" he kept asking. But similar to most of my little outbursts that seem to have no relevancy, there is a valid and logical explanation for my reaction.

For many, many years, I have been a fan of the Payphone Project, a user-input directory and photolog of public pay telephones from around the world. You can search the database to locate pay telephones indexed in your area or from one of 22 other countries. The database contains approximately 500,000 telephones and I have enjoyed ringing a few of them on occasion to try to see what random person I might chat with from the other side of the country or world.

After we fully drove past the Mons Venus adult establishment, I got to telling Chris about the Payphone Project and how sometime around 1998 or 1999 I remember seeing a photograph of their sign and the two pay telephones situated at the entrance of the building. Silly, no? On the way back from the pick-up, we started to approach Mons Venus again, this time on the same side of the street. A few blocks away and on his own accord, Chris changes into the far right lane to aide in my viewing of the famous telephone booths. And there they were, in all their glorious splendour.

The ride back to Orlando was wet, traffic-laden and hazardous but it was a fun (and for Chris, profitable) little road trip overall. Be sure to check out the three photographs and the rest of the Payphone Project website.

[ The telephones ]
[ A closer view of the telephones ]
[ The Mons Venus sign ]

It is bad enough I have so much search engine traffic from the simple mentioning of the "Playboy™ Lingerie Calendar," now I am sure people looking for this strip club will be showing-up too. The irony makes me smile.

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  • Syelence

    David and I have been meaning to go there...but not for the phonebooth entertainment...

    I want to be titillated by titties!!! And he has never had the pleasure of a fully nude titty bar...

    ::: lightbulb begins to glow over head:::

    I think a weekend trip is coming up soon...anyone want to Puck-sit my beagle?

  • flcute76

    Erica, i would be oh so happy to watch Der Puckmeister for you while you went and were titillated by titties...
    However David would tell you he is the only one who would be able to get along with Valentine... LOL

  • Syelence


  • David July

    I suppose a group effort to manage the animals would not be out of the question. We can watch porn some of your DVD movies and order pizza.

  • Syelence

    Which is fine with me...but there is to be no...uhm...bootay in front of the children!!

    Their little eyes don't need to see all that stuff...

  • Syelence

    And wash the sheets! :-P

  • flcute76

    OH YOU NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY people... lol
    i could never have sex at another person's house like if they were on vacation or something it would be just wrong somehow... however if by some chance it were to happen you would never know it cuz everything would be clean and put back the way it was found...

  • David July

    Go and watch titties
    The dog and cat will be fine
    The sheets shall be washed

    Purchase a lapdance?
    Yes, perhaps you will do that
    Or use the payphone

    Do have a safe trip
    Let us know when you shall go
    And we will come by

  • Syelence

    Chris - Well thank you...what I don't know won't hurt me...

    David!!!! That was fucking great!

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