Who you gonna call?

Not quite a year ago, Alan, Kate and I traveled to Milwaukee for my best friend’s birthday party. We stayed at the Country Inn and Suites, one of those places with a breakfast buffet, always handy when traveling with children, who have non-coffee nutritional needs in the early morning.

I wrote something then about the appalling manners demonstrated by our fellow travelers, who arrived in the breakfast room in their jammies and, I suspect, their underwear.

I structured the post in the form of a letter to an etiquette columnist. Since then, about once a month I get either an e-mail or a comment on the original post from someone seeking etiquette advice.

Despite the obvious joke here — me, an expert on comportment, snork — I wonder what it says about how savvy people are about what they find online. I mean, other than the form of the post, there is nothing about this site that suggests I’m some latter-day Emily Post.

One of my ex-bosses hated when I wrote satirical columns, not because he hated the columns (although he wasn’t a fan), but because he believed there was a significant portion of readers who simply didn’t get satire, and would always take it the wrong way, and he’d spend a significant portion of the following day on the phone, telling them, “It’s a joke.”

I think the Milwaukee paper used to run a humor columnist, with a huge disclaimer: “This is a humorous column of satirical opinion.” Talk about a buzzkill.

Anyway, here’s the original post. Note the last half-dozen comments. Soon I’m going to forward them all to Amy Alkon.

Posted at 11:22 am in Uncategorized |

3 responses to “Who you gonna call?”

  1. Mindy said on October 1, 2005 at 2:33 pm

    I’m 90% certain that the update won’t do a lick of good. People in a hurry to get an answer are in a hurry to ask their question. Forget, like, you know, reading instructions or disclaimers.

    Next time I’m out I’ll stop someone ask if I look fat in these pants.

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  2. blue girl said on October 1, 2005 at 10:51 pm

    Nance, if I were you I would just enjoy this. I think it’s a total laugh riot.

    When people google “blue girl” a lot of them are looking for “La Blue Girl” which is cartoon (yes! cartoon!) porn!!

    I — also — sadly disappoint!

    No harm — and pretty funny.

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  3. blue girl said on October 1, 2005 at 10:52 pm

    You know what? Make ’em pay $10 or $15 for the answer — hey, you never know! And you could totally mess with their heads on top of it…..ok, that’s kind of mean — but — whatever!

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