It's Not All About You

Two incidents just reminded me how badly we need to rein ourselves in technologically. I was in a Starbucks going for some whole milk when I tripped and nearly went headfirst into the counter. I'd gotten tangled up in a power cord some guy had snaked around to the wall outlet to run his iPad. But I didn't get an apology. First I got a look of shock, and then pure venom, as if I'd just kicked in the door of his home office and urinated on the carpet, or entered an operating room and interrupted his open-heart surgery. In reality, I'd ensnared my leg in a cord he'd had no right to put in my path-and he'd put it there just so he could check baseball scores on Sports Illustrated.

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