The Day the BlackBerrys Died

His thumbs were actually hurting and now he was frantic.

No matter how often he tried to e-mail, he couldn't.

No matter how often he tried get e-mail, he couldn't.

His BlackBerry was down and he soon discovered he wasn't alone. Millions of BlackBerry users across the nation were in the same pickle Monday afternoon.

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion frantically in motion trying to account for what shut almost everything down.

For millions of users like my friend, it didn't matter: Their lives were a mess, because their lives were and are defined by these gizmos and the efficient, voiceless beauty of messages sent without words ever being spoken.

My friend is what you might call one of those BlackBerry addicts — hanging on every alert, every message and frantically wondering why he was getting no alert, no message.

He tells me later he wondered why I wasn't getting back to him — sounds paranoid.

Later he would learn of the system-wide meltdown. But for now, he's the one melting down: Angry and annoyed and letting me have it.

Trouble was, he called when I was doing my show. So he vented — this time, on the phone.

Pity, all he got was voicemail.

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