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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cyber Communication (email, IM’s, etc) (11/04/10)

TITLE: Generation G A P
By Karen Elengikal


Generation G A P

Subject: Getting together on Skype
From: Betty B. Brown [goodolddaysmom@hotmail.com]
To: Adrian [freeatlast@freespirit.com]

My dearest Adrian,

Your father has just set up ‘Skype’ on my new computer so we can ‘chat’ (I think that’s what he called it). So we can talk to each other regularly, hopefully a few times a day. Won’t that be wonderful! I can’t wait to tell you about the new bulbs I’ve planted in the front garden and about Mrs. Jessup’s gorgeous new kitten, and … ohhh, almost forgot … Mr Kenneally’s new SRV. It is a glorious blue color, however, it is rather noisy! I can hear when he’s entered the top of the street!

Dad said that you should come ‘online’ (not sure what that is, but he said you would know), at 4.45pm on Thursday, your time. For us it will be 1.45pm.

Isn’t it wonderful that we can talk to each other this way!

It’s been years since I’ve typed. I’m a bit rusty, but I do like my new computer. Thank God, George (your father) understands how it works!

Looking forward to ‘seeing you’. Only 3 sleeps to go!!!!!!!!

Your loving Mom xoxoxoxoxo


Online and logged-in to SKYPE:
Location: Los Angeles, Thursday 18th November 2010, 4.45pm.
Location: Behindthetimesville, Thursday 18th November 2010, 1.45pm.

Betty: Are you there, darling?
Betty: Hello!? Adrian!
Betty: Can you see me?
Betty: Dad say’s “Hello” too.
Betty: Adrian????
Adrian: hey mom GTS
Betty: Ohhh, there you are!
Betty: How are you?
Betty: You are a funny one! Already talking about cars!
Betty: Are you warm enough?
Betty: Are you eating properly? I doubt that university food is nutritious.
Betty: How are your grades coming along?
Adrian: LOL! mom slow down
Betty: ‘LOL’ What’s that?
Adrian: laugh out loud
Betty: What do you mean?
Adrian: nothing mom that’s chat talk for laughing
Betty: Please tell me the joke. I could do with a good laugh!
Adrian: wbu? how’s things at home
Betty: Your father’s arthritis is playing up again since that sudden cold snap last week
Adrian: TTTT I’m missing dad
Betty: Sweetheart, your ‘T’ key seems to be getting stuck!
Adrian: Bean TOY 2
Betty: What bean toy, Adrian? Honestly, you are way too big to be asking for toys.
Betty: What are they teaching you in that university?
Adrian: SOB
Betty: Now, now dear, no need to cry. Get a grip on yourself!
Adrian: no mom SOB means stressed out big time
Betty: Really?
Betty: What are you stressed about? Is it the exams?
Adrian: HOAS
Betty: Adrian, your spelling is atrocious!
Betty: Is your throat is hoarse?
Betty: Hot water with lemon and honey will fix that!
Adrian: need some JC time
Betty: Adrian, I’m so glad to hear that you are calling upon the Lord.
Betty: He’ll keep you out of trouble even all the way over there in Los Angeles!
Adrian: ROFL
Adrian: JC … just chilling
Betty: Darling, I’m finding it hard to follow you.
Betty: Did you get the parcel I sent you?
Adrian: TNXE6
Betty: No! I did not send that parcel to Texas!
Betty: Adrian!!!!!
Adrian: SOZ!
Adrian: mom G2g
Adrian: study for 2moz exam
Betty: ‘G2g’?
Adrian: got to go now mom say hi to dad
Betty: Oh? Okay Adrian.
Adrian: HAGD
Betty: HAG?! Don’t speak to me like that young man! Your father will hear of this!
Adrian: LOL mom I only said to have a good day
Betty: Don’t forget to clean your teeth before going to bed!
Betty: And don’t forget to drink plenty of water!
Adrian: cya
Betty: Talk to you again very soon!
Betty: Love and kisses xoxoxoxox
Betty: I miss you!
Betty: BYE!


Location: Betty & George Brown’s dinning room, Behindthetimesville, Thursday 18th November 2010, 2.07pm.

“George, I don’t know what has gotten into Adrian. I couldn’t understand a word he said … and to think we put our whole life savings into sending him to that university!”

“Yes, dear.”

“It was like talking to someone from another planet! Oh my God! I hope he isn’t on drugs? He did say he was having some ‘JC’ time, though …”

“That’s good, dear.”

“Oh sweet, Jesus! Get him good and proper and PLEASE help Adrian to concentrate on his spelling!”


Words: 717
Author’s note: All punctuation and grammatical mistakes are intentional.

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Tammie Smith11/12/10
This was funny! I enjoyed this a lot. I am pretty technical. I have been Iming for many years, but my twelve yr old has text messages that she has to translate for me.

Beth LaBuff 11/12/10
I imagine you had a lot of fun writing this hilarious story. I can see this all happening. I enjoyed this!
Mona Purvis11/13/10
I'm more Betty on this one. My three teenage grandsons are in another world at times. Loved this.
Caitlyn Meissner11/14/10
This was funny, but it made me feel sad, too. I'd hate to think that Adrian was out there rolling his eyes at his mom because she couldn't understand his abbreviations. Thanks for a great story!
Rachel Phelps11/16/10
As someone very near Adrian's age, this one did inspire a few eyerolls. Still, fun to read.
Virgil Youngblood 11/16/10
I have used my S-I-L's Skype to converse while seeing the person I'm talking to, while they are seeing me. Is Skype used for texting also? From my very limited understanding, that is all I though Skype did. Even so, I enjoyed being lost in your story.
Susan Montaperto11/16/10
Very enjoyable read. I enjoyed the characters and the "Gap." God bless your writing.
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/17/10
I enjoyed this immensely, but seeing how this initialing has spilled over into everyday writing, I'm glad I don't have to grade student essays anymore.
Barbara Lynn Culler11/18/10
Cute story.