Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Airport Observation

As I was sitting in the airport waiting to fly home from Orlando, I noticed a significant number of people wandering around with Bluetooth headsets rammed in their ears like some proto-Borg implant.

I understand that some people need to keep in constant communication -- like the President, or transplant surgeons, or the head of national security.

But it was 5:00 AM on a Sunday morning and most of these Bluetoothed folks were flying coach, with theme park shopping bags doing double duty as carry-on luggage. And many had their families in tow, clearly returning from vacation.

So who were they expecting to hear from at that time of day? I don't recall any of them actually taking a call, but by golly, they were ready!

I know a Bluetooth headset can make one look like an important captain of industry -- especially if the wearer's striding down midtown Manhattan in the middle of the work week, barking orders to an unseen caller.

But to be plugged in on a Sunday morning before the sun rises? Personally, my impression was less "captain of industry' and more "industrial tool."

- Ralph

Day 38 of the WJMA Web Watch.

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