Sarcasm, Twittering, and Facing-off

I’m not very good at Tweeting and Facebook-ing, and I think I’ve figured out why. Sarcasm. If I had to describe myself in one word, it would be “sarcasm”. I don’t know how not to be sarcastic.

Recently, a friend of mine posted a new picture to Facebook. It was a great picture and her hair looked fantastic. She’s very proud of her hair. Our mutual friends and acquaintances were liking it, commenting on how good she looked, and  how good her hair looked. I wanted to comment as well, so I typed, “What happened to your hair?” Before I clicked enter, I stopped and considered what I’d written and how catty that would sound to everyone. Not to my friend, of course, she would understand. She would laugh. But, to everyone else, I would sound like a dick. So, I deleted my comment and didn’t say anything.

A family member who’s in France posted on Twitter that she had visited a perfume factory (I think she meant parfum [see what I mean]), was eating watermelon on the beach, and drinking wine. My Tweeted reply was, “What, no chocolate?” then I did hit enter. When I saw my reply in print, it made me appear small, tacky, and jealous. I’m not small and tacky, and I’m very happy for her. For some reason, I just couldn’t say that.

This is why I rarely Tweet or comment on Facebook: I just don’t have the chops for being nice. I’m working on it. It’s a twelve-step program and I just took the first step.

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7 Responses to Sarcasm, Twittering, and Facing-off

  1. Susan says:

    Funny story, Robin. You are not always sarcastic. As a matter of fact, I think you are one of the nicest people I know. You have always been kind and thoughtful to me. Regarding the person with the GREAT hair, that is a running joke that has been going on for years (and yes, she would get you, and laugh about your comment). And…who knew you were such a good writer. I am enjoying reading your short stories. Keep up the good work!!

  2. davidiwells says:

    Robin, I think people should embrace their talents. I believe that you found sarcasm as a small child, played with it, exercised it, and pushed it to your limits. As an adult you leveraged it, learned to wield it almost as if it were instinct. You would know the result before the strike. Finally as a professional writer you have honed these skills so well that they are simply a part of you that left out would be tantamount to cleaving off your left hand. Please.. cleave not your left hand.. we love you whole.

  3. Dave, I never want to have a blog-off with you. Only if you send me $1 will I be a professional writer. I promise to frame it (unless it has liar’s poker potential).

  4. Norma says:

    LOL. My hair did look fantastic didn’t it? 🙂 I knew you would be jealous. You should have written your sarcastic comment. Damn the critics!

  5. True story. I was trying to protect your privacy here–you know, from my thousands of followers. And, I knew immediately why you posted that picture–it’s all about the hair with you.

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