October 20, 2009
In black-and-white days, when a phone was brought to someone's table in a restaurant, you knew the call had to be important, as substantial and full of purpose as the phone itself. The maitre-d' transported the phone with a combination of hushed deference and understated majesty, understanding the urgency of the call and the importance of person to whom it was directed. Today, in days of lurid color, everyone transports his own lightweight phone everywhere and avails himself of the service regardless of environment, often without any real urgency or reason. Oh, how I wish we could dial it back.