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8 May 2008

this morning i was sitting in the senate cafeteria, working. and i happened to glance across the room and saw a strange scene. there were four senate staffers sitting at a table together, food in front of them. one was talking, hands gesticulating. one was looking at her. and the two sitting across the table from them were clearly praying—hands clasped in front of them, heads bowed, perfect respectful stillness. it was such a strange situation—government employees praying so publicly and right across the table from two people in animated conversation—that i watched for a minute to see how the dynamic shifted.

and then i realized they weren’t praying. they were absorbed in their blackberries. which, i suppose, may be its own form of worship…

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. 8 May 2008 8:18 pm

    That is too funny~ enjoy D.C.!

  2. 9 May 2008 6:52 pm

    he he he! that one made me giggle! hope you’re enjoying your trip!

  3. 10 May 2008 6:19 am

    I didn’t even realize this scene happened in DC—but yeah, that’s just another day in DC..and yes, blackberries are another form of worship.

  4. 10 May 2008 8:28 am

    Related this story to friends, to everyone’s delight.

  5. 11 May 2008 7:55 pm

    I don’t think I could handle a Blackberry. I have enough trouble with not driving-while-texting as it is… imagine if I could drive and email. Yikes. (I have a new blog by the way: howardbannister.com. You’re invited.)

  6. 20 May 2008 8:50 am

    Wonkette (back when it was really Wonkette) had a great image of two young politicos on a date. Both were on their blackberries, and it was awesome. I personally hate the things. There’s nothing ruder than being in a conversation with a political or associate about work, and they spend the whole conversation on their blackberry. Speaking of the Senate though, they are now staffing their interns with blackberries. Seriously, an intern does not need a blackberry. Meanwhile, in my poor guvment office, only GS-15s and above get them. However, I really am anti-blackberry. That’s not jealousy talking.

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