Except the version that was sent to me was animated, so I had to make it PG-13 for the blog.
This morning, I got an intriguing message. Which led to an engaging exchange. Rather than describe it, I'll just publish the dialogue that I had with someone whom we'll call "Leah." Spelling, grammar, and punctuation will be left as written.
Leah: I cant believe you did this to her George..... She loved you so much! Why, after everything you've been thru why?
Leah: YOU BASTARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Leah: And i thought you 'Loved her".... you dont know the first meaning of the word love!
Leah: i hope your happy
me: What did I do?
Leah: You know exactly what you did!
me: No, I don't. And I don't know who George is or who you are for that matter. But now I'm curious.
Leah: Your a Liar.
me: After all, it isn't every day I get text messages calling me a bastard.
Leah: You need it more often....
me: Seriously? Do you even know who I am? Because my name isn't George. And as far as I know, you and I have never met.
Leah: Oh you are so full of shit! ok if your name isnt George what is it!
me: Mark. But let's keep this conversation going because my coworkers and I are getting a real kick out of all your accusations.
Leah: yeah thats what i thought!! George your such a freak...
me: And by the way, it's "you're" and not "your" in this context. Which should be a clue that I'm not really George because based on the conversation so far, I don't think your friends would be smart enough to know that.
Leah: F*** off! Dont ever talk to me or anyone of my family memebrs again!
me: You're the one that started this and now won't leave me alone. Seriously, I'm not George. I've only had this phone number for a month. My guess is all your rage is intended for someone else. Call this number if you want to find out for sure. I'm happy to talk to you.
Leah: I dont believe you!
me: Call me and find out.
Leah: i'll pass, thanx
me: This is awesome. Can't wait to post this conversation on my blog. I've only told you five times my name isn't George, and you don't believe me. OK if I use your real name on the blog post? [Withheld], right?
Leah: Yeah. so what
me: I'll send you a link when it's done. You can figure out from there whether I'm George or not. He sounds like a real winner.
Leah: A real LOSER
Leah: I don't know if you are george or not! if your not then im sorry, if you are then George you need to go to hell!
me: Remember, your is the possessive, while you're is a contraction for "you are." Commit that to memory. It will pay off, I promise. If George would know that and has a masters degree, then I may be George. If he wouldn't know that, then apology accepted.
me: This is still going on my blog, though.
me: Thanks for the entertainment.
me: It's been fun.
Leah: Why would you do that?
me: Do what?
Leah: he messed up my sisters life and i was just really mad!
Leah: i thought this was his number
Leah: She told me not to talk to him or anything, and i did it anyway. i was os mad at him.
me: Sure, I get that. But I told you half a dozen times you had the wrong number, and you called me various names and accused me of lying. I should get something for that, don't you think?
Leah: i really did think this was his number
Leah: i know, but thats just the way george i, hes a liar, i didnt know if it was him or not! it sounds like something he would do
me: Tell you what, I won't use your name on the blog if you promise to learn the differences between your and you're; there, they're, and their; and to, too, and two. Deal?
Leah: ummmm, ok
me: Oh and I'll even make sure everyone knows that George is a jerk. I'll even use his last name if you want.
me: You'll have to tell me what it is, though.
Leah: thats a wierd deal, are you obsessed with that kinda stuff or something?
me: No, not obsessed. I just like helping people learn to write intelligently. Most of my success has been predicated on my ability to communicate.
Leah: Oh thats cool
me: Anyway, good luck. Some years ago a guy like George messed up my sister's life. It's worked out just fine over time. Just be there for her when she needs help.
Leah: I will..... no matter what happens :)
Leah: Who Exactly are you??
me: If I help you...it will be "turns" with us too. Quid pro quo.