The Unbearable Banishment: another blackberry maniac on the loose

Friday, July 24, 2009

another blackberry maniac on the loose

I understand owning two Blackberrys. A lot of people have one for professional use and one for personal use. That’s fine. But how empty and needy do you have to be to use both simultaneously?

Here, our subject is talking on her old pink Blackberry while texting on her shiny new black Blackberry at the same time. I have neither the attention span nor the dexterity for this sort of thing.

Can you carry on two texting conversations concurrently? Apparently, you can!

Here, she frantically texts on old pink Blackberry, sets it down on her purse, picks up new black Blackberry and shoots off another message. Back and forth. It didn‘t stop. I have to believe that this is a New York thing. People in the real world don't engage in this sort of behavior, do they?

Am I making too much of this or does she need to get a grip? Read a book, for Christ’s sake!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

[hanging head in shame] although not something that happens on a regular basis, i have done this on occasion... cellphone is personal, blackberry is work. i'm on call for the work folks pretty much all the time, so if i get an urgent 'ping', i generally respond. they pay me to track things, so i will be availble whenever possible...

and if i happen to be responding to a work ping, and get a text from one of my sprogs for assistance (as in "where are the fucking coffee filters? argh!" i can generally handle both simultaneously...

sometimes it's more than work/functionality, though. if i'm bored in a doc waiting room, i might be reading the newspaper on the 'berry, and texting a friend.


July 24, 2009 at 6:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have a single Blackberry. But as soon as Verizon gets iPhones I'm in.

July 24, 2009 at 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe she was texting herself....

July 24, 2009 at 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw, man! Did you leave your jammer at home on this day? That would have been sweet!

Because of this ubiquitous gadgetry usage, in future, humans will be sterile and have huge thumbs and no mouth. ICK!

July 24, 2009 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger sid said...

I can't afford a Blackberry. And I don't really text or call anyone. For me a mobile is for emergency use only. If you want to speak to someone, spread gossip ... well then visit the damn person. Have coffee with them.

July 24, 2009 at 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awe are you jealous because you can't multi-task like that; maybe she was on a conference call and one of the people was deaf.

July 24, 2009 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Daisy: Being a tech geek, I guess that doesn't surprise me. Go directly to confession.

HIF: That's what a LOT of people are saying! Maybe next year. Maybe...

Nurse: You are so funny! That made me laugh.

Tome: The jammer does not work with texting! Only voice.

Sid: That is very evolved of you. Don't lose that.

MT: I'm jealous of a lot of things but I assure you, that's not one of them

July 24, 2009 at 12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She could have been a VERY important person.

July 24, 2009 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Please Don't Eat With Your Mouth Open said...

Sometimes I walk down the road and see all these people talking on the phone and texting, and think it's a little bit like no one's actually there anymore. Like, no ones living in the moment and taking anything in around them. Everyones planning tonight or thinking about yesterday or discussing what's coming up or going on somewhere else with someone else. It's a bit weird.

July 24, 2009 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I've got one word: oy.

July 24, 2009 at 6:17 PM  
Anonymous neeekol said...

that is just RIDICULOUS. i mean is she paying for two phone lines in this horrrribllee time.. i can hardly keep one phone line.

July 24, 2009 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Bastard said...

Big sausage fingers and small phone keys mean that I have little chance, let alone choice, of sending anyone a text.

July 25, 2009 at 3:02 AM  
Blogger savannah said...

sad times, sugar, sad times. or, jaysus, i'm old! xoxox

July 25, 2009 at 6:48 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Annie: I guess it could be an emergency. But I choose to think it’s not necessary.

Jo: You’re not kidding! I read an article about how people are shutting themselves off from the outside world with iPods and cell phones. According to the author, Gershwin never would have written “An American in Paris” or “Rhapsody in Blue” if he hadn’t hears the noise of the city.

N: Actually, she probably only pays for one and her company pays for the other. But that’s no excuse.

Jimmy: You’re better off with your big sausage fingers.

Savannah: That’s EXACTLY what I thought! I’m OLD!

July 25, 2009 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger A Free Man said...

I'm like you, I just don't know how you could do this. I struggle to work my phone with both hands.

July 27, 2009 at 2:07 AM  

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