You want downtime? Try waiting in the halls of a hospital for three hours in a New York hospital as a loved one comes up from the recovery room.

We have a great staff at

Cramer Berkowitz

, and I barely need to stay in touch these days. That said, after finishing my book, two magazines and a speech for this Saturday's

Miami Herald

seminar, I was eager to touch base just for sanity's sake.

I have received a number of requests asking me how I do it when I am out. To which I say, pretty simple: I use my

Sierra Wireless

modem, which is hooked to

Bell Atlantic

(BEL)

service. It works great when I am not moving. It works OK when I am in the car.

Yesterday it was perfect. I hooked right into

TheStreet.com

, and I stayed in contact with my office through

AOL

(AOL)

Instant Messenger, which I love. Only after

Berko's

fingers got too tired typing did I bother to get in touch with the office through my

Qualcomm

(QCOM) - Get Report

phone with Bell Atlantic service.

When

Karen's

doctor came out to give me an update on her wrist, he stared in amazement as I told my office the good news on IM and Jeff answered back that he would spread the word that my wife's surgery was a success. He didn't know that wireless had advanced to that state.

I told him the truth: Service is spotty outside New York. But it can't be beaten in Manhattan.

Random musings:

I don't think it will be so easy for

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

to crack into

Nintendo's

world. But maybe I am just such a big fan of

Mario Cart

and

Donkey Kong 64

, although both kids can beat me handily.

James J. Cramer is manager of a hedge fund and co-founder of TheStreet.com. At time of publication, his fund was long America Online and Microsoft. His fund often buys and sells securities that are the subject of his columns, both before and after the columns are published, and the positions that his fund takes may change at any time. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Cramer's writings provide insights into the dynamics of money management and are not a solicitation for transactions. While he cannot provide investment advice or recommendations, he invites you to comment on his column at

jjcletters@thestreet.com.