I Wonder if I’m Out of Step

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Yesterday in the crowded doctor’s waiting room, I looked around and discovered that Patty and I were the only people there not peering into a hand-held electronic device. Literally everybody else was.

Worse, I had brought along a legal pad and ballpoint pen so I could work on my Newswithviews column. I could hardly be more out of step if I’d showed up in doublet and hose with a line of Shakespearean puns.

No one was talking. No one was reading any printed matter. Just all peering intently at these tiny screens.

Made me feel kind of funny, I must admit.

But not funny enough to join in.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

7 responses to “I Wonder if I’m Out of Step

  • Phoebe

    What always puzzles me is the way people in my apartment building stare into those little devices all the way through the lobby, into the elevator, and up to their apartments. What in the world can be so urgent that it can’t wait two minutes until they get to their apartments?

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  • Erlene Talbott

    I think it is just a diversion. Nobody wants to relate to the present here and now when they can zone out into …whatever.

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    • unknowable2

      You may be onto something, Erlene.

      However, I must dissent slightly. It’s rare for me to be more than a few feet away from my iPad, but in my line of work, it’s an astounding tool. I can literally, work on a network on another continent from my iPad, from anywhere where there’s a mobile phone signal. My job involves networks on four continents and I can reach three of them without getting out of bed. When the phone rings at 2 AM with a problem in Australia, that’s a nice ability to have.


  • Erlene Talbott

    The post “Great Commander and Savior” has comments disabled.


  • janowrite

    Love this post, the staring into the phone thing has become ubiquitous.


  • thewhiterabbit2016

    I went to my good friends funeral today. There was a huge turnout. After the church service and burial we all went to the fellowship hall for food and desserts. One of our past pastors was there at a table of folks and I went over to say hi, but he was looking down between his legs at his phone, so I went elsewhere to fellowship.


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