When Harry Traveled With Sally

I’ve been thinking (a rare and dangerous occurrence that usually requires significant retail therapy post-thought). As current events filter through my cabbage patch brain, I wonder…

Would Harry Meet Sally in today’s world?

Consider this:


Families (not strangers) exhibit a preference for cellular crack instead of conversation at the dinner/breakfast/wooden table.

And this:


NPR* (the New Miss Manners) says travel with strangers is a socially acceptable time to wear headphones: 

My guess is that Harry would have climbed into that piss-yellow Toyota Corona station wagon with Sally, plugged his phone in the charger, poked his earbuds in, and zoned out for the entire trip.

Sally would have mainlined espressos in order to drive the entire trip while alternately wondering (a) what she did to make Harry ignore her and (b) was she Attila the Hun or Elizabeth Bathory in a past life? How else did she manage to incur the kind of karmic debt that makes her a magnet for narcissistic assholes in this life?


All neuroses aside, there’d be no big O restaurant scene, no wagon wheel coffee table argument, no singing Surrey with the Fringe on Top, no philosophic discussion on the nature of male-female relationships. No nothing, Nora Ephron.

LinkedIn is a networking tool that lists connections between people with a market cap of $26 BILLION. Facebook’s market cap is $335 BILLION. Friends, family and known associates are valuable to big corporate America, but are people losing the skills required to make and retain these relationships?

Are relationships outdated in our new CGI reality?

Just some non-food thoughts I’ve had.


About Laura Alford, PhD

I'm a recent graduate of LSU (PhD in Accounting). In addition to academic research, I also write fiction on Tuesday nights with the Asilomar Writers.
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