A lot has happened since the last time I wrote here. Most importantly, My Favourite Person had an opportunity to perform in her first real show, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This was the first time she had to audition for a part. I’m so proud of her for getting a part in the ensemble. She was disappointed she didn’t get a named part, but as I told her she needs to get more experience and demonstrate she’s dependable before she should expect to get named parts.
You can see just a few of the 3,500 photos I took of the two dress rehearsals in my Chitty Chitty Bang Bang album on Flickr.
But the world seems so different from the last time I wrote here. Like my friend Curt Clifton who has decided to quit Twitter, I’ve been struggling with my relationship with Twitter. It’s abundantly clear Twitter has changed since I joined in 2008. Until recently Twitter was the coffee house where I met with friends to tell jokes, meet new friends, and learn new things. However, in their unquenchable thirst for traffic, Twitter has opened their coffee house to anyone including those intent on abusing, raping, and murdering their current customers. I’m not sure when, but Twitter is no longer a place where I go to meet new people or learn things. I haven’t even read my time line in months.
As Brent Simmons says:
You don’t have to directly experience hate or harassment on Twitter to see that it is, on balance, no longer a force for good in the world.
The only things I’ve posted to Twitter have been taunts to the Dotard sitting in the Oval Office. Arguably, this makes me part of the problem. Instead, I’ll be doing my best to write more here and take advantage of my micro.blog account. You can also contact me by email or iMessage.
I’ll kill that address if it’s abused, but I’m starting the new year on an optimistic note. I hope you will too.