Friday, November 11, 2011

The Texting Bride A Poster Child For Texting Addiction

 "The Chapel of Love" by the Dixie Cups doesn't talk about "Going to the chapel and I'm going to text all my friends during the wedding that I'm gonna get married."

That's because those lyrics would be ridiculous (Oh, and they weren't texting in the 1960's). But alas, it's 2011 and apparently no one can even get through a special occasion without typing on their mobile phone.

Case in point, the bride texting down the aisle. The guy who video taped the wedding caught her texting right after he dad had walked her down the aisle. She stands there with her dad as the ceremony begins, and pulls her phone out of her dress and starts texting someone from underneath her veil. Her dad notices what she is doing and I think I know what he was thinking:

"I can't believe I've just walked my baby down the aisle. It seems like just yesterday she was just a baby. I'm so glad I could be here with her on this special day. She looks so beautiful today....wait, her head is down, is she OK? that her phone? What is she doing? Is she texting on her phone right now?"

Our we love our gadgets and multi-tasking is fun. It's addicting. I'm addicted. I'm writing this blog post while watching a TV show. Sorry, can't tell you the plot of the TV show at all. My brain can only focus on one thing even though I'm doing two things.

That's my point. It's no big deal that I can't tell you what's going on with a TV show. But it IS a big deal when you are missing out on an important part of your life and the little special moments that come with it.

Don't miss them over a texting addiction!

What do you think the texting bride missed?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Should You Be Able To Eat While You Drive?

Have you ever enjoyed a breakfast sandwich while driving into work, or grabbed a burger on the go during your lunch break? Eating while driving isn't the most relaxing way to enjoy a meal, but on a busy day it's one way to fit one in.

But in Oak Park, Il, that could become a crime. The village board members there are contemplating a ban on eating and driving...presumably because we don't have enough laws.

The idea came up at their meeting this week while discussing distracted driving. The common culprits came up: cell phones and texting. But eating and putting makeup on while driving also entered the mix. It seems the board members are testing the waters on this as they say they'll wait to act on it until early next year.

That ought to give them plenty of time to find other distracting activities in the car to ban. Here's just a few I can think of:

-Sipping on coffee while driving
-Singing out loud to your favorite song on the radio while driving
-Sneezing while driving
-Viewing billboards along the roadway while driving
-Chewing gum while driving

and finally...driving while driving.

That should keep us all safe!