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Blackberry etiquette question

If you're dining alone at a restaurant, is it bad etiquette to read/send emails on your Blackberry?

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    1. Alone? You can juggle flaming chain saws. With companion? 86 the Berry.

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      1. re: Veggo

        You're absolutely right about 86ing the Blackberry when dining with a companion. Nothing sends a message that your companion doesn't want to be dining with you if he's sending messages. One of my outside counsel did that during a business lunch; I haven't given him any business since then.

        1. re: Veggo

          where do i get tickets to see the flaming chain saw juggler?

          1. re: KaimukiMan

            I should be out of the burn unit in a couple weeks, but on the bright side I have learned how to type with my nose.

        2. I am immensely proud of myself for initially thinking you were referring to the fruit.

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          1. re: small h

            Me too. I couldn't imagine an etiquette question about eating blackberries :)

            And why would OP think that it would be inappropriate?

            1. re: c oliver

              I figured the question was going to be whether it was rude to go onto the neighbor's property to pick blackberries... :-)

            2. re: small h

              Guilty as well. I assumed it was a seed-removing question!

              1. re: enbell

                Me too - perhaps how to remove seeds from teeth, unobserved.

              2. re: small h

                great minds must think like mine. ;)

                ellenost, i always blackberry if i have to dine alone and have forgotten my reading (or if my reading isn't something i should be whipping out in public). even if you don't actually have any emails to send, brickbreaker makes for good company.

                1. re: cimui

                  what reading shouldn't you whip out in public?
                  (i'd say as long as it's just reading material you're whipping out, go for it)

                  1. re: thew

                    teehee. oh, i think i can just leave that up to your ample imagination.

              3. haha me too! I was like.... sharing blackberries? removing seeds? using hands to eat them? lol. but no, it's not bad etiquette, in my book, if you're alone

                1. I was thinking "fruit" also. I see many of the foodies are quasi-luddites, lol. Go for it unless your server is trying to get your attention.