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Huckleberries Online

Hi. What’s your Wi-Fi password?

GENTLE READER: How long are you planning to stay? If you were invited only to dinner, Miss Manners fears there is no good time to announce that you have more pressing things to do than enjoy your hosts’ and other guests’ company.

Apparently many who live on social media miss the purpose of a live social visit, which is to be social.

So at a limited such gathering, there should hardly be a need for Wi-Fi – unless you are urged to look up something factual. (Ah, Miss Manners misses the days when friendly bets were waged upon the outcome of a fact that could only be remembered in hindsight or looked up in the encyclopedia.) More here.

Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.