The other day she got a call from the White House to go participate in the flexible workplace forum. She mentioned it would be streamed live and you could watch online. After my classes were done yesterday around 3:30 I hopped online and spotted her in the one of the breakout sessions. She was looking a bit out of place and bored (as one in a big conference type meeting is wont to be). I watched and listened for a while and then I randomly tweeted:
watching @dooce trying not to pick her nose in the White House via live web cam.
OK before I go further, I know that most big names on twitter do not read every @ referenced to them(she has over 1 million followers), and I know that Heather would have had her phone turned off in the White House like a good citizen should right? I mean what if the president is meeting you and *RING* how embarrassing. So I thought of the above reasoning (because I'm conscientious like that), tweet, and go back to the live web cam. and Heather is pulling out her phone and looking at it. NO WAY, I'm thinking, she is so not reading my tweet, she must be checking something else. THEN she pulls the old finger scratch the side of the nose bit, the one to the far side of the web cam., and not a little one either...she was being obvious. HEATHER ARMSTRONG SAID HI TO ME FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. I totally lose it in my office at work. OF course it could totally be a coincidence, but do not tell me if it was. It was better than a personal response to a blog comment.
So I quickly said hi back:
I saw that @dooce, stop checking your tweets and pay attention to the discussion.
and we went back to our separate worlds.
PS. she wasn't the only one in that room subtly checking their iPhone under the table. How can I yell at my students about doing that in my classes if Corporate America is doing it at the White House?