My parents and siblings have never been involved in my social media. I’m not sure if it’s the best thing ever or “OH MY GOD, DO I HAVE TO EMAIL YOU PICTURES?! Didn’t you see my status update?” I kid! I kid! But I’ve married into a very media savvy family, so I’m always surprised when I get a comment on a picture asking “What was that restaurant you were at?” And now I have to think about it before I write some horribly filthy comedy post or share one of my videos like “LAZY SEXUAL.” (oh, p.s. WATCH IT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFOveW4tvy4)
I feel like I get off pretty easy though compared to my husband, who get EMAILS and phone calls from Dad (the Fodder in law – GET IT?!) inquiring about WHY he writes something. You can tell Dad really disapproves of something when he emails Matt -“YOU’RE FUTURE EMPLOYERS MAY SEE THIS” to which Matt and I respond “We’d be stoked if someone cared that much about our facebook post. WE WORK IN THE INTERNET…ah hem…Digital Media.”
Let me preface this by saying, Matt’s dad is left leaning and very well cultured, but also recently partially retired. So I’m guessing Matt is a part of the new project list.
Now, usually, Matt will write something snarky back or just ignore his dad, but this time, he really went for it. Below is in reference to the government shut down and Matt’s response, I thought, warranted some kind of award for dealing with your father. Or at least a blog post.
On Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 2:57 AM, Jay Johnson
Subject: Re: Facebook Post- what does this mean??
Matt Johnson updated his status: “So after none of us can finance a trip to the super market- let alone a mortgage- we get to throw every self-identified Tea Party Republican into a Hunger Games style death match at the DC WWII memorial, right? I believe that’s a clause in the 14th Amendment. (What do I know? I’m just an ivy leaguer like Ted Cruz)”
Anatomy of a late night, inside baseball, news junkie joke:
“So after none of us can finance a trip to the super market- let alone a mortgage-” In the event of a government default on debt, the rise in interest rates would have an economy-wide impact, and as a result…
“we get to throw every self-identified Tea Party Republican into a Hunger Games style death match” – The people responsible for precipitating this unconstitutional act against our government ought to be tossed into a fight to the death against each other while the rest of the nation cheers the televised event, much in the style of a popular young adult book series that envisions a future dystopia where a centralized city-state dominates the surrounding states and uses this death match as a shared ritual sacrifice…
“at the DC WWII memorial,” – at the symbolic location the Tea Party has chosen as a rallying cry for what they think is important about the government, which is running tourist services, as opposed to feed women, infants and children in need.
“I believe that’s a clause in the 14th Amendment.” – Because there’s a clause in the 14th Amendment to the constitution that makes it unconstitutional to default on our debts that has been much in the news of late.
“(What do I know? I’m just an ivy leaguer like Ted Cruz)” – The junior senator from Texas, who is heavily associated with this Waterloo, is not only politically repellant but apparently personally repellant as well. One of his notorious foibles is his incredible academic vanity – he did his undergrad at Princeton, and at Harvard Law School he refused to anyone who hadn’t gone to Harvard, Yale or Princeton – and actively dismissed the “Lesser Ivies” – Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and Penn. Publicly he has embraced a “know-nothing” persona for political reasons, and now he’s been proved to know nothing about Washington since he’s going to be associated with the last 3 weeks of wasting everyone’s time in the whole nation for nothing.
I just love my husband and his smarty pants ivy league sarcasm.