I grew up in an amateur radio house. My father was W6PO (ex- W6UOV). As a kid, one task would be to turn on the 'shop' for my dad before he got home, so all the tubes would be warmed up. (Probably the ham shack too) There is a big breaker box inside the door with a bunch of switches that turn everything on.
During moonbounce activity, we were not supposed to answer the phone until it rang more than once. The 'one ringer' signal was from another ham who was verifying that the pre-arranged schedule was on and he was ready.
I got my license after I graduated from College. My ex-husband was interested in the hobby and we got our licenses. Currently I am a General class and plan to become an extra so I can get a memorial club station with my dad's callsign.