Removing Earrings To Take a Phone Call

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  1. Angela's Mulled Wine

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    This has to be one of the most annoying things in Dallas: how female characters fiddle with their earring to remove it when they take a phone call and fiddle with the earring after hanging up to place in back on their ear. I don't know a single woman they does this in real life so why did they always do this in Dallas? Did they think it actually added to the realism of the show? It was just annoying, visually clumsy and briefly held up proceeding while all this earring shenanigans took place.
     
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    YES! I remember when the forum first started, query this. Because my early years were formulated by Dallas :lolo: I used to think this was normal!!!!!!!!! :laughs:

    Sue Ellen did it in the Jamie death scene:

    [​IMG]
     
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    It's funny but by the time we got to the later seasons, like 11 (DVD) and the phone rang I knew the character so well that I could be like, "okay so now Sue Ellen's gonna take off her earring and pick up the phone..."
    and in the next moment that happened. :lolo:
     
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    Perhaps the phones in the late 70s and the 80s weren't that comfortable to hold up close to your ear, if you also had to make space for a huge earring? :think:

    When I think of the kind of phones we had in my childhood home, I would - most likely - also have removed a clip-on earring (if I'd owned some) back then! ;)
     
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    You just have no concept of what it was like to be a 1980's woman @Angela Channing :lmao::lmao::lmao:
     
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    *removes earring to answer phone*

    WHUT?
     
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    I remember my mum sometimes taking off her earring to answer the phone. I think with big clip on earrings it used to bang off the receiver and make horrible loud noises. So yes, women did do it. Though I do love how the '80s soaps turned it into a fine art. The earring manoeuvre is a thing of beauty when done correctly.
     
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    Thing is they were always clip ons lol
     
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    Those were all the rage. LOL The bigger the better.
     
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    I think I had blue plastic round ones. I used to insist on 'dressing for dinner' (at the age of 7) aka Sue Ellen.
     
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    I've always LOVED when they did that.
     
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    Me too. It made every call into an event.

    Nothing says "I take my phone calls seriously" quite like sacrificing an accessory.
     
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    I believe this is what TNT Dallas was seriously lacking. A whole episode could have been spent watching Sue Ellen remove her false fingernails in order to text someone :lolo:
     
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    As it's the Teenies they could have given Sue Ellen a flesh tunnel in which to rest the handset.

    [​IMG]


    Note to self. Do not do an image search for flesh tunnel again. Several of those pictures made me quite giddy. [​IMG]
     
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    That's cute. Mine were little pink plastic round ones. I also got them at age 7. I used to wear them together with my little high heels and I felt so grown up!

    Actually some years later when I began watching Dallas at age 11 I used to put on clip on earrings. I was typically watching the show dressed in my nightgown and with clip on earrings on. I had a special pair that I called my "Dallas earrings". They were a pair of red triangles! :lol:
     
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    Bingo Ms S., the large clip earrings in the late '70s and '80s that the actresses were wearing were heavy and extremely uncomfortable because they pinched your ear lobes. I completely get why they took them off to talk on the phone because I know I couldn't wait until I was finally old enough to get my ears pierced and could stop wearing clips.
     
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    My sister had clip ons but my mom and grandmother had "real" earrings! Such a random and lovely thing to remember.

    But my sister couldn't get pierced until she was 15. Random age, I know, but that was the rule.
     
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    I noticed it but it wasn't just on Dallas. I can't help thinking how annoying it must be for a woman to be burdened with things like that.
     
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    Nooooooooooooooo! If she's having this done I have to go with her!
     
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    It's not like anyone was holding a gun to the women's heads, right? :D

    Most of us (I hope) live in a free world where you can choose for yourself which kind of fashion accessories you like and which you don't! :wink@
    :rlol: ... @Sarah, then you have to share a photo with us, please! :giggle:

    Also, if Linda and you really look and dress like "twins", then please share examples of the contents of your walk-in closet (outfits and shoes) ... and your jewelry box! :danc:
     
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