So it finally happened...I got my first Blackberry. That wonderful invention that allows emails and phone calls to intrude on every waking moment of your life, instead of only most of them.
The first thing I asked the tech guy when he was training me was: "How do I mute it?" Can you tell I'm excited?
But I do get a kick out of Blackberry humor. One particularly favorite image is one that a conference organizer friend of mine provided. He rates speeches by how fast the heads go down in the "Blackberry prayer"...that is, when the listeners start to get a little bored, bring out the bricks, and start playing with them with heads slightly bent and hands together in front of them holding the Blackberry brick. Looks like work, but is in reality more likely a quick game of Tetris or writing an email to a friend "Wanna grab a drink after work?"
Boring speeches = "Oh, that speech was awful. He wasn't into it 10 seconds and the whole room was doing the Blackberry Prayer."
Good speeches = "She was great! I only saw a few people doing the Blackberry Prayer!"
I call them Crackberries, because people just can't seem to get away from them. And now, I'm on the road to becoming an addict myself. The good news is that now that it's on "silent" vibrate-only mode, I vow to not figure out how to change it so that it actually rings.
Meanwhile, your daily dose of cubicle conversation:
Cube guy #1: Are women allowed to play in the NBA?
Cube guy #2: Yea.
Cube guy #1: So are men allowed to play in the WNBA?
Cube guy #2: No, cuz if you're born a guy you can't play in women's sports. They specifically put that in the rules.
Cube guy #1: Well, that brings up an interesting question. What if you have a sex change? Cuz there was this girl who got a sex change and wanted to play in the PGA, right?
Cube guy #2: I think that's why they say "born a guy," cuz you're not allowed to play if you've ever had testosterone, I guess.
Cube guy #1: Okay, that makes sense.
(um...does it? really?)