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Topic: Social Media (12/01/11)
- TITLE: I Can’t Believe What Ann Did
By Ken Ebright
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After we ordered, Ann asked me. "Do you remember Doug from your Algebra class from High School? I found him on Placebook.
I raised my eyebrows. "First, what's Placebook?"
Dinner came and Ann put salt on her fried rice. "It's a site where you can meet people and network with them."
"Oh, wow." I smiled as I bit into my chicken.
Ann sipped on a glass of water. "He's now an electrical contractor."
I started on my fried rice, "I don't remember him. Did you ever date him?"
Ann's eyes rolled, "How can't remember Doug? I met him when I was a sophomore and broke up with him a month before we graduated."
I gulped a glass of water, then I had another helping of rice. "I was so busy with band and working part-time that I was never home. I rarely ever saw you."
Ann looked straight out into space, "I should have never left Doug when I was in High School. Gary doesnâ€™t spend time with me. I decided to move in with Doug."
I tried to swallow the news and the rice, but I started to choke. Finally, after a few moments of coughing the waitress whacked me on my back. "How could you break up with Gary after 21 years? What about your kids? Did you consider how this might affect them?"
Ann started to cry, "Iâ€¦I was bored."
I looked straight into my sister's eyes, "Sis, if you were bored then there were other things you could have done with your time besides going to one of those social websites."
Tears streamed down Ann's face. "Finding Doug gave me satisfaction."
"Satisfaction." I shook my head. "It's sad, that the internet destroyed a 21 year relationship, and now will destroy your relationship with your kids."
Leaving a hot meal on my plate, I got up and walked out. Ann just sat there and cried.
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