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Fastest thumb in the East

Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty runs six miles or more each day, so he knows a thing or two about sore muscles.

But the fleet-footed mayor also has to take care not to overwork the small but important muscles in his thumbs.

After a speech last month at the National Press Club, Fenty was asked if he suffered from "BlackBerry thumb," a painful repetitive stress disorder that sometimes afflicts hard-core users of the hand-held devices. The mayor has been known to sport three Blackberries at a time on his belt loop. Fenty is famous for noodling away on the devices at every chance, replying to the hundreds of e-mail messages he receives from constituents each day.

The mayor's remedy?

By using three BlackBerry devices, each with slightly different keyboards, he works different sets of muscles and keeps his thumbs in tip-top shape.

"It's like cross-training," he said.

Posted by Trudy Walsh on Nov 19, 2007 at 9:39 AM


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