Saturday, October 5, 2013

I think I may be getting a little bit snarky in my old age

Exhibit 1: The 20-something granddaughter of some old friends of mine posted the following on Facebook: “Jared and I cannot decide whether to a) spend a day in Cinque Terre or b) half day in Florence and half day in Pisa. Any suggestions? The traditionalist in me says I have to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the copy of Michaelangelo’s David, but then I googled Cinque Terre. I should have decided by now, but it’s so hard when I want to do everything!” and while their young friends were making suggestions I posted the following: “I believe this is what is called a first-world problem....”

Exhibit 2: The 20-something daughter of some old friends of mine posted the following on Facebook: “anybody who works in the [name of city] area wanna bring me some chocolate? i’m sleepy and it’s so slow at work! need something to keep me awake!” and while her young friends were trying to pinpoint exactly where she was so that they could bring her some chocolate I posted the following: “Give a girl a chocolate and she’ll have chocolate for a day. Teach a girl to bring her own chocolates and she’ll have chocolates for a lifetime. I'm just sayin’....”

It occurs to me that a) we probably do not need a third exhibit and b) if I insist on hanging out on Facebook I should hang out with people my own age.

I started to call this post “Facebook makes me snarky; Blogger makes me constipated” but I decided that Elephant’s Child would say that is too much information. Then I thought of calling it “I don't give a tweet” but I decided that Snowbrush and Yorkshire Pudding would engage in some word substitution and try to make me say something I wasn’t saying at all.

Perhaps I have just come up with that third exhibit.

12 comments:

Mary Z said...

I thought it was illegal and unnatural to be snarky in North Georgia.

All Consuming said...

Did you say turd exhibit?

*laughs.

You're perfecting your snarkyness well rhymes-obi-kenobiplague. Use it unwisely as often as possible.

rhymeswithplague said...

Mary Z, almost everything in North Georgia is illegal and unnatural.

All Consuming, when an Anglo-Saxon uses an Anglo-Saxonism (a perfectly natural thing to do), the rest of us put our fingers in our children's ears and turn away.

Hilltophomesteader said...

Wow. I'm simple minded or something, but I have NO idea what's going on. Guess I'll go walk around the driveway and admire the Fall leaves since the sun is actually shining for a change here. Maybe it's because I've got a cold that I don't know what you're getting at?
Now that I think about it, I often have no clue what people are actually saying. Literalism, that's what I need, ya think?

rhymeswithplague said...

Hey, there, Hilltophomesteader! I don't think you're simple-minded at all. According to the dictionary I'm using, snarky is British Slang that means testy, irritable; short. I was confessing to having been testy, irritable, and short with some young people I know who are not dry behind the ears but think, of course, that they are.

Older people's patience does run out at some point, and I am apparently near that point. My growing impatience is disguised, not always successfully, as humor. As long as people keep laughing, I'm good with that, but I hope I get my point across as well.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

In England we have a name for older men who "hang out" around youngies' Facebook pages but I am too gentlemanly to use that term here. Do you perchance wear a dirty raincoat and jamjar bottom spectacles with lank hair and a five day stubble on your chin? (The profile photo may be historical). Here I shall use your catchphrase - I'm just sayin'.

rhymeswithplague said...

Y.P., I get your drift, but can I help it if the children and grandchildren of old friends have befriended me on FB? The old friends themselves tend to be incredibly dreary, publishing recipes and photographs of themselves and religious posters, whereas I have an 18-year-old's love of life, a 35-year-old's experience, and a 72-year-old body, which is deteriorating as we speak. Give a guy a break; you'll be there soon enough.

Elephant's Child said...

You have a talent for snarkiness. Which makes me smile in rueful recognition.
I don't play on Facebook but love your posts to it.
And the comments you attract here. And please, please don't censor yourself on my behalf. Ever.

rhymeswithplague said...

Elephant's Child, I shall consider myself unleashed upon the world henceforth. (I'm a lamb, really.)

LightExpectations said...

If those two responses are snarky, then apparently I've been snarky and didn't even know it. Seems to me you're just giving a little perspective. And who doesn't need that? Well that, and some chocolate. :)

rhymeswithplague said...

LightExpectations, perspective, yeah, that's the ticket!

All Consuming said...

I should amend slightly here, by snarky is oft mixed with sarky in my book. So snarky yes, but very funny with it. (I inadvertantly wrote 'snaky' at first above, which is making me laugh.)