your empty coat hanger
in the closet
[Jan. 10, 2005]
concerning his mobile phone, ” for me, the off button is an important and often under-used
feature.” He offers a techie version of the Serenity Prayer: “God grant me the serenity to
accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to
know when to hit the off switch.”
Prof. Crankalone points out: The first time I told a boss I wouldn’t
get a mobile phone so he could reach me on weekends and in the evenings was
twenty-five years ago. I pointed out that I had a new-fangled answering machine
and I’d get the message when I got back from my errands. ( I might not have said
it that diplomatically). At the time, most Americans didn’t even have answering
machines and a large part of the population considered those who did to be
uncommonly rude. Don’t let anyone tell you that time-saving technology will
reduce the amount of time you spend working.
Young American lawyers may not be the only greedy ones. Read about the Aussies.