Sunday, July 20, 2003

Apparently, in addition to acceptance of the Euro, membership in the European Union implies the wholesale cultural embrace of thee mobile phone. While cell phones in America can certainly be irritating, the entire North American continent, ordinarily a leader in these arenas, does not contain, combined, the number of incessantly ringing cell phones found within the confines of a small Swiss hamlet.

On a sleepy, morning train in the shadow of the Swiss Alps this past June, I was giddily awoken to the sound of the ringing cell phone of the frail, Swiss grandmother beside me. And why was I giddy, you might ask? Because the song my beloved Swiss grandmother had programmed to ring was Big Pimpin' by Jay-Z.