Tuesday, February 12, 2013
DD Katie sent me a text message earlier today that read “Sally Smith, who works with Joan, was mean to mom. You need to unfriend her on Facebook.” A few minutes later I received another text message telling me to let everyone know that Sally Smith was mean to Joan and that they should unfriend her too. I’m not sure how I was supposed to do this, but anyways….
I went back to working on my new book “These Three Things….”when I received a text from DD Maggie. Was I aware that Sally Smith had been mean to mom? I was instructed to send a text message to Betty Barrett, my massage therapist, and tell her that if she didn’t stop being BFF’s with Sally Smith I would not only unfriend her, but I would find a new massage therapist. Betty, along with Joan is an original member of Team John.
I went back to working on my new book “These Three Things…” My phone started to ring. DD Katie wanted to know if I’d unfriended Sally yet. I told her I hadn’t. I was working and wouldn’t the county taxpayers be interested to know that she wasn’t. Shouldn’t she really get back to work? My phone went dead.
Joan called at noon to tell me she and Sally had a disagreement and she was pretty upset. Forty years of marriage had taught me this much: When your wife and a coworker are involved in a dispute you tell your wife how much you love her, you tell her you support her and then get out of the way. By four o’clock this afternoon, Joan and Sally will probably walk out the door; arm in arm and yours truly would have been the bad guy for saying anything about poor old Sally. DD’s on the other hand were still demanding blood. Their mothers honor was at stake as well as the fate of our nation. I was asked in a highly accusatory tone if I followed Sally Smith on Twitter and if so, why?
It was much easier in the old days. You got mad, stewed a bit, and got over it. Life went on and so did you. All the events of this morning reminded me some vintage western where two people stood in the middle of the street ready to duel. I’m not a huge fan of Facebook. I look at it as a necessary evil. I have family and friends flung all over the globe and it’s a good way to keep up with them. I have a cousin I hadn’t talked to since my wedding that I rekindled a relationship because of Facebook. It serves its purpose. I even have a Facebook friend in Idaho!!! I mean how many people can say that? I have some potty mouthed nephews who post their immature stuff from time to time.
Facebook, Twitter and the like just don’t seem enjoyable anymore; they seem like an obligation or at times a burden. I can’t tell you how often DD or DS will remind me I haven’t updated my Facebook status in a while. I should laugh at all this vitriol being hurled about cyber space but the sad thing is a lot of people took time out of their work day to get all riled up about something that will be forgotten about by tomorrow.
So……….. I’m going back to writing my new book “These Three Things” and hope the rest of the world will get back to work too.