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  1. Profile photo of Barkha Herman Member

    Can we do something like this for taxes?

    • #1
    • October 11, 2012 at 9:04 am
  2. Profile photo of Majestyk Thatcher

    It’s the Credit Card game!

    • #2
    • October 11, 2012 at 9:12 am
  3. Profile photo of ConservativeWanderer Inactive

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

    • #3
    • October 11, 2012 at 9:18 am
  4. Profile photo of Dave Carter Contributor

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

    • #4
    • October 11, 2012 at 9:19 am
  5. Profile photo of Arahant Member

    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.

    • #5
    • October 11, 2012 at 9:23 am
  6. Profile photo of Sabrdance Member

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

    • #6
    • October 11, 2012 at 9:25 am
  7. Profile photo of Arahant Member

    Grrr…technological failure of a double post.

    • #7
    • October 11, 2012 at 9:26 am
  8. Profile photo of Benjamin Carter Inactive

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

    • #8
    • October 11, 2012 at 9:35 am
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    Anonymous

    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.聽

    • #9
    • October 11, 2012 at 9:37 am
  10. Profile photo of FeliciaB Member

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

    • #10
    • October 11, 2012 at 9:38 am
  11. Profile photo of Pat in Obamaland Inactive

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

    • #11
    • October 11, 2012 at 10:05 am
  12. Profile photo of KingsKnight1 Inactive

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

    • #12
    • October 11, 2012 at 10:10 am
  13. Profile photo of DrewInWisconsin Member

    I win! (I have no cell phone.)

    • #13
    • October 11, 2012 at 10:15 am
  14. Profile photo of Johnny Dubya Member

    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.

    • #14
    • October 11, 2012 at 10:26 am
  15. Profile photo of DocJay Member

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

    • #15
    • October 11, 2012 at 10:32 am
  16. Profile photo of Lavaux Inactive

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

    • #16
    • October 11, 2012 at 10:44 am
  17. Profile photo of Illiniguy Member

    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.

    • #17
    • October 11, 2012 at 11:18 am
  18. Profile photo of KC Mulville Member

    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.

    • #18
    • October 11, 2012 at 11:38 am
  19. Profile photo of PJS Reagan
    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.

    • #19
    • October 11, 2012 at 11:50 am
  20. Profile photo of Foxfier Inactive
    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. 路 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.聽

    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聽going to gamble that they called at an abnormal time for anything less than a major reason, since they never聽do that.

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    • October 12, 2012 at 1:12 am
  21. Profile photo of Sweezle Member

    I hate listening to any phone ringing in a public place. During a meal, in a library, a concert, in church TURN IT OFF. They invented voice mail for a reason.

    Sabrdance: …

    Is turning your phone off at meals some peculiar midwestern practice? 路 3 hours ago

    • #21
    • October 12, 2012 at 1:31 am
  22. Profile photo of Busy System Admin Member
    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?

    Last time I was out of reach of my phone (swimming, if you must know), Ricochet just happened to go down for about 50 minutes.

    I agree that in general people are too addicted to their phones, but there are some of us who have to wear them like a ball and chain everywhere we go.

    • #22
    • October 12, 2012 at 1:46 am
  23. Profile photo of ConservativeWanderer Inactive
    Busy System Admin
    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?

    Last time I was out of reach of my phone (swimming, if you must know), Ricochet just happened to go down for about 50 minutes. 路 0 minutes ago

    Cause and effect?

    • #23
    • October 12, 2012 at 1:47 am
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    ConservativeWanderer
    Busy System Admin
    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?

    Last time I was out of reach of my phone (swimming, if you must know), Ricochet just happened to go down for about 50 minutes. 路 0 minutes ago

    Cause and effect? 路 0 minutes ago

    Call it… Murphy’s Law for sysadmins, or one of its many sub-variations or corollaries.

    Example: if you don’t have a backup, you’ll lose all your data. If you have regular backups and check them like a paranoid maniac, your data seems to be mysteriously impervious to damage and accidents.

    • #24
    • October 12, 2012 at 1:49 am
  25. Profile photo of Brian Clendinen Member

    I have never undersood this unless there is a conversation and you needed to look up something because you disagree or can’t remember the excact number, quote ect. I consider it rude. Heck I聽have been聽listen to my MP3 player聽for a little while聽at all day family holiday function, as an Adult ( there was nothing to do)聽and my dad would go off on me.聽

    聽If I ever tried to do this at the dinner table even now聽my whole family would chew me out on the spot. Now when I am dinning out by my-self (which is 95% of the time) I am always on my phone. However, that is totally diffrent.

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    • October 12, 2012 at 2:02 am
  26. Profile photo of ConservativeWanderer Inactive
    Busy System Admin
    ConservativeWanderer
    Busy System Admin
    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?

    Last time I was out of reach of my phone (swimming, if you must know), Ricochet just happened to go down for about 50 minutes. 路 0 minutes ago

    Cause and effect? 路 0 minutes ago

    Call it… Murphy’s Law for sysadmins, or one of its many sub-variations or corollaries.

    Example: if you don’t have a backup, you’ll lose all your data. If you have regular backups and check them like a paranoid maniac, your data seems to be mysteriously impervious to damage and accidents. 路 14 minutes ago

    Edited 10 minutes ago

    I’m an A+ certified computer tech myself, though not working in that field right now.

    I know the phenomenon well.

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    • October 12, 2012 at 2:04 am
  27. Profile photo of Foxfier Inactive
    ConservativeWanderer
    Busy System Admin

    Call it… Murphy’s Law for sysadmins, or one of its many sub-variations or corollaries.

    Example: if you don’t have a backup, you’ll lose all your data. If you have regular backups and check them like a paranoid maniac, your data seems to be mysteriously impervious to damage and accidents. 路 14 minutes ago

    Edited 10 minutes ago

    I’m an A+ certified computer tech myself, though not working in that field right now.

    I know the phenomenon well. 路 28 minutes ago

    Works for mothers, too.

    People laugh about how I have backup plans for the backup plans with the kid stuff. I’ve had to use it once,聽not counting having a bandaid for random cuts.

    I’ve gone without my backups twice and only twice. Each time, totally flipping insane things happened…and I didn’t have anything prepared to deal with it, because I got tired of being teased about being Batman/MacGyver/having everything in the bag of holding.

    So I keep the spare diaperbag with two sets of clothes for each girl in the car, have the water, the car emergency kit, and a buggout bag for all trips.

    • #27
    • October 12, 2012 at 2:47 am
  28. Profile photo of Jimmy Carter Member

    Do Families dine at Home using the same table anymore?

    If so, then loser washes the dishes.

    If no one gives in, then, of course, Mom gets ’em.

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    • October 12, 2012 at 4:58 am
  29. Profile photo of Annefy Member

    We eat dinner together as afamily regularly. My daughter runs with a hungry crowd so it’s not unusual to have a few extra at the table. All phones go in a basket which is on the sideboard.聽

    I regularly defend 20 something’s. They are not born knowing etiquette. None of them have ever given me a hard time about ditching the phone. When someone complains about them using their phones at their table I always ask: did you ask them not to?

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    • October 12, 2012 at 5:32 am
  30. Profile photo of Stu In Tokyo Member

    I’d play, and I’d win, cause I seldom eat out, working all the time, and my work does not require meals out very often. On the rare occasion that I do dine out most of the time my wife is with me, or at the very least she knows I’m dining out and not to call unless it’s an emergency, then she would send a text, her texts have a special sound. Anyone else calling or texting and it would go to voice mail.聽

    Fun game, I’ll have to try it!

    • #30
    • October 12, 2012 at 7:52 am
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