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.
Technology has made dramatic changes to the way lawyers work. In many regards, the personal computer, voice-mail, e-mail, the fax machine and the cell phone have made it possible to work almost anywhere.