Why is it so hard to go social??
Mart: Hey why’re you looking so down and out?
Fart: I decided to get social today
Mart: That’s so unlike you! You have always kept pretty much to yourself.
Fart: That’s not true. I speak to a lot of people, all the time.
Mart: Ok, but mostly its to people who have no other option but to listen to you, like your subordinates.
Mart: So what did you do? What’s made you so miserable?
Fart: I got up today and said I’ll get social. So I called up an old friend.
Fart: And, what? That &%##@ didn’t want to meet as he had fixed up something else with some other friends.
Mart: I wouldn’t expect that from a friend! Were you close to him?
Fart: Of course! We were buddies at college, though I hadn’t called him after I got married.
Mart: Oh. So what did you do next?
Fart: I sent everyone on my gmail contact list a mail calling them home for a party.
Mart: That sounds like fun! So what happened?
Fart: 12 got back saying they were going somewhere else. 4 said they’ll drop in but didn’t. One guy alone turned up, and that was my secretary. As it is, I find him quite insufferable at work, and here I was, entertaining him at home over two hours!
Mart: That must have been tough!
Fart: Yeah… (Gulp) (Sniff) (Gulp)
Mart: So what did you do then?
Fart: I thought I’d just walk into a party. My son was called over to a birthday party, and I decided to make the most of it.
Mart: That must have been fun! Spending time with kids isn’t such a bad thing… How was the experience there?
Fart: Oh, I kinda hung around for a few minutes, got impatient and felt sort of ignored. So I thought I would entertain the kids with some jokes.
Mart: That’s so cool! Am sure you must have been the toast of the party.
Fart: Not exactly. Apparently the kids found my session terrible and complained to the hosts. I was asked to stop after 3 jokes, and eased off the stage. I couldn’t bear to stay after that so I left.
Mart: Ha ha! I can imagine that. You were never known for your sense of humour anyway. Whatever gave you the idea that you could just transform overnight into a stand up comic?!!
Fart: (Sniff) (Gulp) (Gulp) (Sniff) (Gulp)
Mart: Then, I’m sure you didn’t give up! You are the ‘never-say-die-man’ anyway!
Fart: I then realized that all the action is maybe happening on facebook. So I came back home and logged on to FB.
Mart: Aah. That always helps to be in touch…
Fart: A fat lot of good it did to me!
Fart: I just saw all my friends having so much fun, putting up cool stuff, making smart comments and living it up. If anything, it made me feel even more miserable. I swear I’m going to never open facebook again.
(Bangs his glass on the table and breaks it)
Fart: Everyone seems to be doing it, so why should it be so hard for me?!
Mart: Maybe just hire a consultant, I mean a counselor.
Fart has a gleam in his eye as if that’s the elusive answer.