L.A. restaurant gives discount to ditch the phone

The Eva Restaurant in Los Angeles is offering a 5% discount to patrons who check their phones/electronic devices at the door before being seated and dining.

Nowadays, it’s definitely a common sight to see various people regularly turning to their phones and devices to check messages, text others, or post comments or status updates…all while dining with other people.  Often practically everyone around the table (or at multiple tables) is turning their attention and focus on their phones.

Should we just get used to the ubiquitous nature of technology in our daily lives–including when we’re socializing and dining with company?  Do phones and devices at the dinner table distract, disrupt and disconnect us from the meal and dining company?

Read the article about this restaurant at Mashable: http://mashable.com/2012/08/19/discount-restaurant-no-phone/


Pub and Prayers?

As of the start of this month, the Albany Sports Bar in Auckland, New Zealand started offering church service on the first Sunday of every month, at 7 p.m sharp.  This would be church service with a twist….a twist of lemon or a twist of lime I’m not sure.

Pastors Calvin Culverwell and Vic Francis, leaders in the Protestant Albany Shore Vineyard Church who developed the project, said they were aiming for a relaxed worship atmosphere, where congregants can have a beer during the service. The church will provide pizza and fries.

Hmmmm, I wonder what sort of images they’d have if the bar had stained glass windows.

And will the pastors manage to keep worshippers (a.k.a. bar patrons) focused when the football/soccer game heats up on the large flat-screen TVs?

My last word on the subject:  Amen.  *hiccup*

Here’s the link to read more about this prayer and pub fusion: Church service brought to the bar.


Facebook or Face-to-Face Interactions?

Here’s an article from Mashable asking if social media is destroying our real-world relationships…or if it enhances relationships:


It’s certainly a topic/issue that’s been monitored for some time.  Though I hear that lately, Facebook users are spending a little less time on Facebook.  I wonder what they’re doing instead with that time.

What do you think?

Does Text Trump Talk & Conversation?

Here’s an article that I’m sure will resonate with many people.

It asks if texting is ruining the art of conversation:


Texting certainly is handy but I do admit that personally I think it’s a little too much if people are texting each other in the same household or if they’re in close proximity when they can just  talk or dialogue…the old fashioned way!   Although you’ll have to show emotion and expressions instead of using emoticons.  😀

Plus of course there’s the matter of setting boundaries so everyone around the dinner table isn’t just looking at their phones and texting away!  (I am sounding so old fashioned in the etiquette department!)

I saw this picture posted/circulated on Facebook not too long ago:

A parting thought…

And in just a few short years, parents everywhere will be complaining to their children who are away at college or wherever, “You never text me anymore!”

The appeal of walkable neighbourhoods

Check out this link:  The appeal of walkable neighbourhoods

It’s an article from The New York Times about how neighbourhoods that are walkable are coveted–where everyday needs can be met by walking, transit or biking.  The piece links residing in such neighbourhoods with economic status and higher valued real estate.


In thinking about walkable neighbourhoods, I’m reminded of an interesting book I read years ago:  Great Good Place:  Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, And Other Hangouts At The Heart Of A Community.


Some excerpts from the book:

“Having the necessities within easy walking distance is the defining characteristic, the common denominator, of vital neighbourhoods.  Convenience does not emerge where local residents make little more use of the neighbourhood than to eat, sleep, and watch television (well, now-a-days Facebook, Netflix, and surf the internet)–all within their homes.  But in localities where an easy walk secures postage stamps, dry cleaning, groceries, a magazine, or a sweet roll and a cup of coffee, there will be life beyond private dwellings.”

“In using nearby facilities, in visiting them afoot and regularly, the residents of an area effectively create a casual environment and reap its benefits…People get to know their merchants and their neighbors; from among the many, the compatible few are able to discover one another.”

“Such an environment is well described as casual because the elements of accident and informality are strong within it…Without having to plan or schedule or prepare, those who move about in a familiar and casual environment have positive social experiences.  They bump into friends; they receive daily doses of novelty, diversion, and social support.”