Techno-geeks gone wild.
We might have reached the stage where strapping media players to our bodies has gone overboard. Now, I get the iPod thing. I like to bop, er, headbang or something, to Green Day and Garbage during my walk to school, and personally I'm getting way into the podcast thing. I even kind of get the portable DVD player, if you have a lot of disposable income and get stuck in some mind-numbingly pointless activity, like camping or a showing of the newest Adam Sandler romantic-comedy.
But today, the line has been crossed. Way crossed. Like, I should put a "kick me" sign on your back, crossed. I got to the bottom of the escalator at the Tenleytown metro and was walking to the turnstile, when I looked over to the guy at my right. He was wearing headphones, not attached to an mp3 player, but plugged into a widescreen laptop in his hands that was - I kid you not - playing an episode of Family Guy. Is this guy kidding me?
The fact some kid got stabbed three blocks from my house for his iPod last week, makes me think that walking around with a two-grand-laptop in your hands, totally oblivious to everything around you, is not a great idea. Granted, some might say Peter Griffin and his mad-cap, beer-induced antics are be worth a stab in the gut, but why risk it?