Fun with Social Media
This requires a bit of background to make sense, somewhat convoluted, but I think it’s worth it.
Last night, I posted a tweet about a White House legal matter, after an article in the New Yorker quoted Rudy Giuliani suggesting that Trump might try to declare some of the Mueller unconstitutional to block it. I noted that it probably wouldn't hold up in court, but even if it did it would be a public disaster for him and the GOP.
Someone referenced my note and hoped a lawyer would chime in. Another person responded bluntly to put to first person down that “Robert IS a lawyer.” They had a bit of back and forth, and the first person did a mea culpa, explaining that since my Twitter profile didn’t say I was a lawyer, that had been unclear.
At that point I chimed in to explain that the reason my profile didn’t say I was a lawyer was because…I wasn’t a lawyer. Adding how I wanted to clarify that so there was no confusion.
Which is the background and brings us to the tweet in question from the first person. Initially I was a bit thrown off by it. The comment seemed like such a total non sequitur, and for a moment I tried to figure out if it was referring to another conversation entirely. But then I realized. No, the reply was indeed meant for me, and it turns out...well, you'll see. What the note said was --
“Thank you for being clear because my sister can be incredibly condescending (to me). Thank you, sir.”
I burst out laughing the moment I figured out what was going on. I have no idea if the two correspondents are brother and sister, or two sisters. And at first I didn’t know if they were adults and still have a chiding relationship that had been going on for years or what, especially since it was 1:30 AM, long past when most sane people (I include myself in that) were asleep, particularly if they lived anywhere east of the West Coast. The only other option was Hawaii or Alaska, though the odds lower with that. Anyway, I wrote back to tell this first person that the good news is they now have something to hold over the sister at Thanksgiving dinner, and got a clue as to their relationship when I received another reply. It said --
“She’s across the hall, if you can believe that drama. Ridiculous. Anyway, thank you. And I’M the baby!”
I’m still laughing. So, clearly they still live at home, and it seems most-likely are teenagers or perhaps in college. I suspect that this person’s sister must have a fun time tormenting her younger sibling on a regular basis since childhood. Hilarious.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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