August 2006: I was about to head off to Cleveland for seminary. One friend was going to Israel, the others were staying in Brooklyn and going to Bais Yaakov Seminary. We had one final sleepover before we wouldn’t all be in the same city anymore.
After some debate about the benefits versus risks of a cellphone, I got a cellphone to be able to keep in touch with my parents more easily while boarding in Cleveland. I was the first of my friends to get a cellphone, and I had it less than a week by the time this photo was taken. My friends became fascinated by it and programmed weird names* for themselves. I became amused by the huddle over the device and took this photo 😉
*The names weren’t randomly weird – they used our middle school code names, the names we had used to sign notes that we passed each other in class. One friend had gotten into the habit of signing letters and notes with a simple “me.” So another friend became “you,” I became “us,” and the fourth was “them.”