Welcome to the Show: 2023 Edition is an editorial piece written by Tim Clark and shared with The Ugly Writers under the theme Independence for the month of July
Welcome to the Show: 2023 Edition
To all my friends, and future friends.
Recently, just this morning, in fact, I joined Tribel, a website with a pronounced liberal influence. I’m about as far left as is allowed, probably more than practical. It just makes more sense to me to help as many people as we can. We’re all in this together, right?
Twitter, like most of America, has become mean and spiteful. Plus, since Elon Musk bought the company, with other people’s money, and this might be a coincidence, there are a lot more phantom accounts who follow me. They don’t have any “tweets,” or “retweets,” and no followers. I followed one of these accounts and like lightning, I got a direct message asking me how I was feeling, and if I was lonely. I’ve learned.
I don’t know much about Tribel, so I’m not endorsing it, but if you do decide to join and want to add me to your list, I’m “treehugger4life.” I will follow back, without fail.
One nuisance about signing up for new sites is entering my age. I have to scroll back through so many years to find the correct year, it begins to resemble a gas pump in reverse. I watch the numbers as I press on the little arrow and remember.
“Ah, early 2000s, the economy collapses, America invades Iraq. 1998, President Clinton was impeached. 1985, the Iran Contra indictments. 1980, Reagan won the election, and began acting like he was president. The 1970’s, Watergate, Vietnam, Disco music, Jim Morrison died, Janis Joplin died, Jimi Hendrix died, disco music.” Too much time scrolling through history is a bad idea. Peaks and valleys, my doctor told me to avoid them. There has to be a better way.
“I’m not a robot, and I’m old enough to have an account. How many of these scenes have trees?” Of course, I always have trouble with those, can’t they just trust me, why would a robot want to join a “social media” site? Do they get lonely?
Anyway, I joined and now comes the long painful process of trying to figure out how to present myself in the best light. I need a profile picture, and a short, sincere, accurate story. Something that will make me sound reasonable, reasonably intelligent, and somebody who would attract a huge following. I’ve been trying to find a crowd of loyal fans for years, blogger, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Instagram, maybe this will put me over the top, and I will be a Creator, or even better, an Influencer. Be still my foolish heart.
It comes down to a few simple things.
If you know me, you know I like everybody. And, if you don’t know me, well, I like everybody.
I believe everybody has a right to their own opinion. Nobody has a right to deny somebody else’s existence.
Ghosts, Bigfoot, Aliens, they’re all family, and family is always difficult, what are you going to do.
Life is only ours for a little while, we need all the friends we can get, so people will say nice things about us after we go.
See you on the other side.