Six months ago I was still “working for the Man” and my weekday Twittering was restricted to before and after work, morning and afternoon breaks, and my lunch hour. Oh, what sweet deviation when I could sneak a quick peek while the money-makers were deeply involved in strategizing the doom of competitors or some such thing. Red was there looking over my shoulder the whole time, and it gave us good reason to remember over a couple of Bloody Marys.
Red: Don’t get me wrong. I still love Twitter, but back then it was so naughty.
Kathy: What do you mean naughty?
Red: Well, everyone around you thought you were a bit crazy to love Twitter so much…and then there was Russell Blake and his crazy rants!
Kathy: Ah, those were the good old days. Yes, I remember. I’d log on to Twitter for my fifteen-minute “coffee” break and there’d be Russell tweeting silly nonsensical stuff, always hilarious and verging on obscene half the time then BING! My time would be up, but I’d manage to slip in what I thought was a hilarious retort if I could before returning to work.
Red: (chuckling) I remember. I had a little crush on that pirate! Hey, remember that time that little snot-nosed frat boy called you rude?!
Kathy: (full-bodied belly-laughing now) Yeah! That was at work too. I spent my whole lunch break telling him off and then unfollowed the little twerp!
Red: So, now you can tweet any time you want. What’s changed?
Kathy: Exactly that! I can do it anytime I want – so it’s not forbidden fruit anymore. Also, most of my friends, family and acquaintances have gotten used to me being the renegade girl, the one who Twitters (and at my age, too!). So, there’s no bad girl quality to it anymore. Twitter is now so respectable. I mean everyone does it.
Red: I suppose but not everyone does it like you do.
Kathy: Huh? What do you mean?
Red: You know! You really like your tweeps and it’s more than just promoting your books and stuff.
Kathy: Well, honestly, I’ve made some of the best friends I’ve ever known on Twitter. Some of them will do anything they can to help and actually ask if I’m okay when I’m gone for a while or feeling a little down. I’ve had co-workers that didn’t notice when I was woozy from a 104 degree temperature!
Red: I agree. You’ve got some great pals on Twitter. Both of us do! That Dannie Hill! And what about Elise Stokes? And Leti? Then there’s Melissa Tackett. Bert and Christina. Too many to list here.
Kathy: Yep, but we can send them all a virtual Bloody Mary (lifting my glass)! Here’s to the best of the best – you know who you are!
Red: (drinking her salute) To Twitter - fun, friends and frivolity!
We both swigged our drinks, laughed a little too much then started in on our second one and a conversation about men that is completely unprintable here.