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This is My New Rule

I’m going to try this:

Although I have a feeling I’ll be buying a lot of dinners.

  1. Barkha Herman

    Can we do something like this for taxes?

  2. Majestyk

    It’s the Credit Card game!

  3. ConservativeWanderer

    Come up to the northwest, Rob. I’ll always accept a free meal. ;)

  4. Dave Carter
    C

    Well, I’ll tell you one thing for sure…. wait, an email just came in…

  5. Arahant

    I’ve seen far too many tables at restaurants where everyone was busy with some electronic device, and nobody was talking to anyone actually at the table.  A week  or so ago we were at an upscale Italian place, and I saw two men in their seventies or eighties.  Both were on the phone.

    So, yea, I would play.

  6. Sabrdance

    Is turning your phone off at meals some peculiar midwestern practice?

  7. Arahant

    Grrr…technological failure of a double post.

  8. Benjamin Carter

    Love this idea. May have to try it with a couple friends…

  9. Having shared at least a  couple of hundred meals with Rob over the years, my reaction to this is: HAHHAHAHHAHAH! There’s no way Rob (or admittedly, I) would  last more than 5 minutes doing this. R, Let’s split the check and keep the phones in our pockets. 

  10. FeliciaB

    Rob, I’ve seen you “praying” over your phone during a meal and social time.  You’re going to need a bigger bank account.

  11. Pat in Obamaland

    So, what? We’re suppose to engage in human interaction!?

  12. KingsKnight1

    You won’t even get a “buy-in” from most people.

  13. DrewInWisconsin

    I win! (I have no cell phone.)

  14. Johnny Dubya

    Since we’re talking about the inexorable pull of smartphones and it’s almost Halloween, I thought I would share my favorite New Yorker cover of all time.

  15. DocJay

    I’d lose.  In my defense, it’s what I’m paid for.  I wish the things didn’t exist.

  16. Lavaux

    Give me your number and I’ll put you on robo-dial every day at 6 pm PST. 

  17. Illiniguy

    What is it that makes a person so indispensable (or the dinner company so much less important than those who call) that he can’t turn the phone off and enjoy the company? If I’m in conversation with someone who answers the phone while I’m talking to them, the conversation’s over.

  18. KC Mulville

    For years (until I was required to by my employer) I never carried a cell phone. Why?

    Because no one ever called to take work off of my hands. Or give me money.

  19. PJS

    My daughter and I have an agreement:  no phones when we are dining together.  If one of us gets up to use the ladies room, the one still seated may check briefly, but must put the phone down upon the return of the other.  I had dinner in NYC with my husband the other night.  He spent a lot of time looking at and playing with his phone.  I felt like I was dining alone.

  20. Foxfier
    Illiniguy: What is it that makes a person so indispensable (or the dinner company so much less important than those who call) that he can’t turn the phone off and enjoy the company? If I’m in conversation with someone who answers the phone while I’m talking to them, the conversation’s over. · 1 hour ago

    In my case, there are three reasons that my husband or I get a phone call I’m not expecting: someone is dead/injured/borderline suicidal, there’s an emergency at work, or it’s an unsolicited contact. 

    Anybody who eats with me and throws a fit when I glance at my phone, get huge eyes and say “oh…no… I’ll be right back, this is an emergency” can go jump in a lake.

    I’ve got a brother in the Navy, my parents are ranchers and my sister has an abusive ex.  I am not going to gamble that they called at an abnormal time for anything less than a major reason, since they never do that.

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