Sunday, January 27, 2008

      ( 11:15 PM ) teahouse
Worshipping the Gods

One night last week I was walking down the street when I passed a brightly-lit neighborhood restaurant that's known as a hangout for Wall Street and other professional types.

As expected, I could see through the windows that the restaurant was packed with yuppies in suits.

Right by the window where I passed, I saw a waitress set down two steaming plates of food in front of two well-dressed men sitting across from each other. I imagined it was a nice relaxing dinner for two buddies catching up after work.

As I watched the waitress move away from the table, the two men bent their heads down in tandem, and clasped their hands to their laps.

"Oh, wow.." I thought. "They're praying before their meal. How very beautiful."

But as I looked more closely, I realized that both of them had portable wireless Blackberries clasped in their hands, and were actually checking their email messages, their heads hunched forward.

When I rounded the corner away from the restaurant, and looked behind me a minute later, they were still suspended in those positions, and still hadn't touched their food.



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