In Search of Work/Life Balance

The boat I went on was pretty crowded, but most of the passengers were adults. I sat next to a man in his 30s who was traveling with a 6- or 7-year-old and an older woman (presumably his mother). I struck up a brief conversation with him and then sat back to enjoy the ride.

Shortly after we left the dock, I heard a cell phone ring. I looked over and the 30-year-old was having a conversation with what appeared to be one of his clients. The conversation did not last very long and my mind soon returned to tropical fish and whale sightings.

A few minutes later, the phone rang again (another business call from the subject matter it sounded like he was a lawyer). When the phone rang a third time, I had had enough.

I turned and said, "Will you please turn that thing off?" Immediately his mother chimed in, "He's got important business to take care of!" To which I replied, "Get a life!" and then did what I should have done before: moved to another part of the boat.
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