So I get on the bus this morning at the usual 4:50am hour and settle into my seat in the pitch-black darkitude to grab a little more catnappian slumber on the way in. As the bus is by far the cheapest commuting option is has been getting more crowded of late, even at that time, and a fellow sets down in the seat beside me. No biggie as my lids descend and the blessed darkened veil is drawn across my consciousness…what the hell?!?! All of a sudden I feel as though I have been transported to Gitmo or perhaps to the top of Devils’ Tower in Close Encounters as this blinding light is boring into my brain.

It seems the fellow next to me decided that he REALLY could not survive the commute unless he pulled out his iPad and read the NYT website, with its black-text-on-glaring-white background, with the brightness cranked up.

I felt like I was in a goddamned tanning bed.

To his credit he did shut it off when I politely tapped him on the arm and asked “Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?” “Could you turn that down a little?”

4 Responses to “eyePain”

  1. JeffS says:

    Well, it was the NYT. Maybe their web site really does emanate stupid rays. Which, to your credit, you are highly sensitive to.

  2. Julie says:

    Lately I’ve seen several people using their iPad in church – DURING the sermon! Very distracting. Really? You couldn’t leave it at home for an HOUR?

  3. Crusader says:

    Oh the joys of mass transit.

  4. Greg Newson says:

    It’s like a campfire.We are all sucked into the fire like a moth that flies into the flame.Modern man has become hypnotized or has had his soul stolen by these devices.
    We are robots sucking the teat of some guy in Europe.
    Posting rubbish….

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