It's always been a practice of mine to say insulting things in response to friends' foolish Facebook posts. Lately, I've added a new twist: I put a little smiley-face at the end.
It's totally fun!
For instance one of my Facebook friends is a prominent executive at an international association for business communicators based in San Francisco. The other day she spent seven paragraphs describing to me and all her other Facebook friends the terrible things she has witnessed since she moved to the U.S. from Canada a year ago. For instance, someone threw him- or herself in front of a rapid transit train—which would never happen, she said, in Regina. "Sad. And so was the 2.5 hour delay in traffic to East Bay. Yuck."
Once she was finally on an overcrowded train, she saw "a person push past a very pregnant woman so that she could find a place for her bike … So I inserted my very Canadian self between the biker and the pregnant woman on the basis of principle and what is right, and politely but firmly asked her to step aside …. Funnily enough there were lots of big, burly men around me who could have stepped up but didn't. … A good lesson for me today and a reminder to be courageous and stand up for what you believe in. It does make a difference."
Thirty-two of her Facebook friends "Liked" the post, and a dozen more responded with messages like, "Way to go, W—. The world needs more caring people like you."
I felt some editorial balance was in order. So I commented,
W—, nice going. But this does remind me a little of what Catfish Hunter said about Reggie Jackson. "Reggie would give you the shirt off his back. Then he'd call a press conference to announce it." 🙂
See the little smiley face at the end?!
Except, Facebook automatically converts your little emoticon into the actual little smiling sun. The total effect of which just made me