I am a father of two children. I love them very much, and am insanely proud.
I am the owner of a cell phone. I use it quote often, and enjoy the wonders of communication.
That said, I would like to stick a knife inside my temple, and twist it round and round.
Am sitting here in my local Starbucks, helplessly subjected to the loud, speaker-phone-induced ramblings of the woman in the above video. She is sitting in the middle of an otherwise quiet, peaceful coffee shop, screaming, “HE SAID IPOD TODAY! ISN’T THAT FUNNY? HE SAID IPOD TODAY!” I’m sure she’s a nice woman, and a kid saying iPod is, I suppose, cute. But who the hell uses speaker phone in the middle of a public place? Damn.
Truth is, we now live in a culture plagued by bragging parents (Trust me—nobody wants to hear how cute your kid is. Really, nobody. I swear. Really). and cell phone addicts (Put it down. Seriously. Just for a minute. Maybe while you eat) who care little for manners or decency.
It might sound like I’m kidding. Well, I’m not. I’m frustrated, especially by the cell phone thing. I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of having people (friends, family members, associates, etc), casually glance away from a conversation to check their fucking iPhones. I’d think maybe it’s just me, but I watch this happen all the time. To everyone. When I was a kid, table manners—and manners in general—mattered.
Now, it’s all gone to crap.
Man, I sound like I’m 88, not 38. Oy.