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Friday Flakes: Twitter is Like a Bad Movie

It might be a personal revelation


A couple weeks ago I was scrolling through twitter on my phone.




I read a couple tweets of somebody “quote tweeting” another account. You probably know exactly what it looks like. Somebody with a blue check-mark is acting like they just dropped the mic on the other person. They made them look bad. Or stupid. Or ignorant. Or whatever pejorative you would like to use.

Then I read the replies and there were more, usually non-blue check-marks, doing the same thing.

It put me in a bad mood. I asked myself, “why do I even look at this?” My brain didn’t give me a sufficient answer. So I deleted the app from my phone. I also no longer allowed myself to take time to check social media at work. The plan was to check twitter when I got home on my laptop and see what crap upset people that day.

What I have learned since that fateful day has been surprising and somewhat disappointing. When I merely check twitter after getting home from work I have almost no interest to keep scrolling and scrolling and scrolling. I have spent probably less than five minutes on my laptop looking at twitter.

Which gives me this thought. Twitter is like a bad story. Stick with me here.

If you wake up in the morning and check through twitter you learn what happened overnight or what stories appear to still matter from the day before. There are immediate reactions. Then as you check throughout the day the stories appear to change. The initial report has been clarified by the blue-check people. Or you get to learn how that report was misguided, incorrect or has some bias. We obviously would not know that if it wasn’t for those twitter users.

Several hours later you check on twitter and still things have changed. Or people have moved on to something different. I remember being told that law makers do what they are supposed to do which is make laws. It is literally in their name. Well, twitter users tweet. It is what they have to do. So. They. Keep. Tweeting.

As the sun goes down there are more people tweeting because they are probably home from work or are relaxing in front of the television. Is there a game going on? Better tweet about it. Did Trump just have a news conference? Better tweet about it. Did Elon Musk smoke pot with Joe Rogan? Better tweet about it.

So the story goes. If you have been checking twitter all day then you started in the morning. You learned about what is important and you watched it change throughout the day until it peaks at night. Then everything slows down (if you are up late enough) and that days’ twitter story was told.

It is a story of people taking shots at each other all day long. Trying to make other people feel like crap. Bravo. It is a terrible story or maybe a bad movie. The plot line changes throughout the day until it crescendos at the end.

Like a bad movie, you know what you are watching is not the highest of quality but you enjoy it anyways. That is what it is like checking twitter throughout the day.

What if you have never seen Freddy vs. Jason and you start right at the point where Freddy is brought into the non-dream world and he has to battle Jason? I think many would watch for a bit but then find something else to do because it is so ridiculous.

That’s twitter for me.

Tent Camping

I told my kids that if they could spend the night in a tent in our yard that we would take them actual tent camping. After the state parks opened up tent camping last weekend (though it is limited) we took a shot at camping at Memphis Lakes.

I had tent camped a little when I was growing up but my experience is relatively small. So we are taking baby steps before we actually go somewhere legit to tent camp.

On Saturday morning I heard that there were chances of hail Saturday night and Sunday morning. So we decided to go and set up the tent and then just head home when it was time for bed. That is what we did.

We learned a lot but what I did not expect was that the tent camping experience at least at Memphis Lakes felt a lot like “camping” in an RV. There were large groups 20 feet to our left and 20 feet to our right. It was just not what I thought of when I think of camping. The place was packed. It was Memorial Day Weekend so that might have been a big part of it.

Maybe I am misguided. Maybe I went to the wrong place.

When I think of tent camping I think of being relatively isolated from “society.” That is not what happened. In the end, we did learn several things and all we can do is try it again.

If anybody has any tips whether it is in the actual logistics, location, supplies, tents or whatever you feel like you would be willing to share then I would love to hear them.

This week I have been looking into camping at Badlands National Park at some point. It appears that has a better chance of being what I pictured when it comes to tent camping.

Sports! Sports! Sports!

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Have a safe weekend ya’ll!