Gwyneth Paltrow, while mostly annoying with her faux Britishness and William Joel-ing, has made at least one good and simple point. Especially as we leave work behind and try to enjoy a holiday weekend. The constant BlackBerrying? Getting really annoying.
Yes, Gwyneth is downright awful when she speaks about how great it is to be pretty and have tons of money and live in Spain, but can we all admit that this line — the one that has strangely evoked the most web-hate — is actually kind of true:
Also, the way people live over there. They seem to enjoy life a little bit more. They aren't running around as much as in New York. They enjoy time with the family. They don't always have their Blackberries on.'
Yes! The BlackBerrys and iPhones and Pres or whatever they're called. Enough! We know we sound like Dave Barry or something—some leathery old "comedy" writer making out of date arguments—but just because it's old doesn't make it any less true. It's a holiday weekend in about two hours, so please leave the work machine at home, locked in a drawer, and go embrace the one lone aspect of Gwyneth Paltrow's charmed life that you can. Then on Monday, we can all return to resenting the fact that we don't tour expensive European destinations while pretending to eat food that we would never actually eat because we're crazed macrobiotic diet freaks who think shampoo will kill people.