So, my mother's birthday is tomorrow. My family went out to dinner tonight to mark the occasion (easier for us to be together on a Tuesday evening). We went to a favorite place for such times. It's not a black tie place by any means, but it's pretty nice and a certain level of decorum is involved in dining there, or so I had always assumed. I've been going there with my family a few times in a year for as long as I can remember. Anyway, a little while after my family sat down and started eating some appetizers, another family sat down near us. Like my group, they also had five people, but two of them were young children. Unlike most families that I've ever seen (though I suspect I may not get out enough and my tale is more common than I previously thought), they had a dining table accessory in the form of a portable DVD player. I have attached a handy image to see for yourself: Not only did they play the DVD for most of the time they were sitting down (they left when we did), but it was on rather loudly, and must have been a distraction for anyone sitting near to them. It was to us, at least. We all thought it was tacky in the extreme, but maybe we're behind the times. What do you think?