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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Annoyance of the week

My new petty annoyance is restaurants that do not provide wireless internet service (wi-fi). Among them is Taqueria del Sol on Cheshire Bridge, where I lunched recently.

I asked owner Mike Klank and manager George "The Taco Nazi" Trusler why the restaurant doesn't provide wi-fi, which costs next-to-nothing.

Mike shrugged and George snapped, "I don't want it. It will just keep people longer at their tables."

This is the usual explanation I hear. More questioning almost always reveals that they picture people camping at their tables with laptops like they do at coffee shops. I in turn explain that just about everyone carries a hand-held device today, like my I-Touch, and I've never been in any restaurant with wi-fi that was full of people dawdling over dinner while chatting on laptops. Mike and George looked at me rather blankly.

Of course, restaurateurs who refuse to install wi-fi may be avoiding altercations at the table. Last week, when I logged on to check my email while lunching with friends, they threatened to put a fork in my head. "Are we that boring?" one asked. Hey, at least I wasn't gabbing on my cell phone.

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