posted on Aug, 20 2012 @ 01:21 AM
I took some personal liberty with the first part of the title as I couldn't resist.
I am a pretty patient person when it comes to every day life, but this subject pushes my buttons. I guess you could say I am kind of hung up on it....
Yes. Painful I know.
In all seriousness I do get really frustrated when I go into a restaurant to eat and phones are going off right and left. Not only that, but it seems
like all of the folks who answer those phones have a hearing issue, or at the very least the person they are talking to is about 95% deaf because I
can always hear their conversations word for word as if they are screamed through a bullhorn.
I don't want to hear about Uncle Brightman getting drunk last night and using your lazy boy as a urinal. I couldn't care less if you are totally done
with your tramp of a girlfriend because she and Uncle Brightman spent a few sordid nights together. Call me crazy, but that's just the kind of silly
woman I am.
I ran across this article and thought....Hey! I am definitely going there for dinner. At least it will lower the chances of me having to hear about
someone finding polyps south of the border and what they were going to have to get done about it for cripe's sake.
I hope more places consider doing the same thing this one did....
RESTAURANT OFFERS DISCOUNT, IF YOU UNPLUG
Those of use who are always connected are guilty of peeking at our phone during a nice dinner out. Hence, the smartphone screen glow has replaced
the candle as the most common type of lighting at restaurants. It’s not always intentional, it just happens, almost like a reflex. Well, what if
someone offered you an incentive not to use your phone during dinner, maybe 5 percent off a hefty dinner bill?
That’s what Mark Gold is extending to diners at his upscale Los Angeles spot, EVA Restaurant. The offer is printed at the bottom of EVA’s menu and
is suggested by the server. If you decide you’d like to go for it, you can give your phone to the receptionist and it will be held near the entrance
in a basket with your name on it to be retrieved when you leave. It’s important to note that this isn’t a ban on cell phones, just a suggestion
with a 5 percent incentive. According to Gold, about 40 percent of the patrons coming into EVA have participated.
Gold told Kai Ryssdal on American Public Media’s Marketplace, that he felt phones were a distraction from conversation and connection at the dinner
table. “For us, it's the art of the lost conversation -- how people don't converse anymore when they sit at the table. What you see now is a cell
phone on the dining room table. We're trying to get away from that.” He admits that he's guilty of this violation in dining etiquette and says
that’s part of the reason he decided to try this out.
You can read more here: news.discovery.com...
He has a point about the lost conversation. A couple of months ago, my husband and I went to The Outback Steakhouse for a special dinner. We rarely
get to do that. I noticed that there was a younger couple in the booth next to us and the girl had her cell phone out texting like mad. I looked over
again and he had his cell phone out also texting like mad. I don't think I saw them talk to each other more than twice while we were there and even
then it involved one or the other of them showing the opposite one what was on their screen. It's like they were there together....but not. I wondered
to myself, why even bother?
Technology seems to be a blessing and a curse. Would you unplug for a discount? Does he have a point?
I keep my phone put up in places like this because it does irritate me when folks answer their's and speak loud enough for everyone there to hear
them. It doesn't irritate me to see couples doing what I saw that couple doing at the Outback, that just makes me sad for them in a way.
on 8/20/2012 by Kangaruex4Ewe because: (no reason given)