Last night, I came home from a very, very long day at work. I quickly grabbed dinner, plopped down on the sofa to watch a few moments of a client’s show, and then planned to pass out from exhaustion. During a commercial break, I grabbed my iPad and looked at some Facebook updates. All of a sudden, I saw this on my mother’s page:
I looked at it for a few moments and tried to process what I was looking at. I turned to GWE and said, “I think grandma died….4 hours ago…and no one told me.” She responded with, “What?!?!” as I showed her what I was looking at.
I grabbed my phone and texted my mother with “You awake?” (I didn’t call. It was midnight where she was and I thought she might be in mourning!) This was the following text conversation:
Mom: “Yep. Unfortunately, I can’t sleep.”
Me: “Is grandma ok?”
Mom: “Yep. Why?”
Me: “Saw a weird message on your Facebook page.”
Mom: “About her?”
Me: “Yes. Asking about your ‘late’ mother.”
Mom: “Geez. Looking.”
Me: “It was posted 4 hours ago. Is this like the time my rabbit died you and didn’t tell me for a month?”
Mom: “Oh, brother. Headed to the kitchen to get on my computer.” Pause “OH CRAP! I just answered her.”
Me: “Delete it from your page before people start asking questions!” Pause “Glad I saw that before flowers started showing up at the house!”
Mom: “OMG! I feel like punching daddy until he wakes up to tell him.”
Needless to say, my mother called my grandmother the next morning to tell her what had happened. It turns out that the woman who posted on my mother’s Facebook page had left a phone message for my grandmother last Thanksgiving. Since my grandmother never got around to returning the call, the other person assumed the worst – that she had passed away. (I’ve had people not return my phone calls before. And, maybe I wished that they were dead at the time….but, I never assumed they were dead and then sent their relatives a condolence message on a social media site!!)
My grandmother called me yesterday afternoon laughing hysterically. I told her that for a dead woman who was calling from “the great beyond,” her cell reception was fantastic! She told me that it was cold where she was, but the harp music was nice and the angels seemed friendly. I told her that I’m glad we caught it in time, otherwise my parents would have come home one evening and found a Minyon (10 Jewish people needed for certain prayers) standing in their driveway. We laughed and laughed. (Yes – this is sick.)
It actually did make me wonder – what happens to our “virtual lives” when we pass away? I found two answers. The first is an APP called “If I Die.” According to the site -“Simply install the app on your page, choose three “trustees” (i.e. people who can be relied upon to confirm your sad demise) and record — by text, image, or video — a message that will be published to your feed, upon your death. “ Very creepy!
The other solution is to have a friend post something on your behalf. I like this better! I recently saw an article about two friends who had a plan. When one died (cancer), the other waited a few days and then used the deceased friend’s password to log onto his Facebook page. He then began posting new status updates “from beyond the grave” as the person who just passed away. He did it for a week with per-arranged updates that they had worked out together before his passing. Here is another one:
In the future, you better made damn sure someone is really, really, really deceased before posting something like that!! Nothing could be stranger than posting a virtual condolence note only to have it responded to with “I AM NOT DEAD YET, ASSHOLE!!”
What do you do when your commitments to your day job take over your night “job” too? I’m in the process of figuring out how to manage that myself. It’s been my goal to add three new blog postings each week to GenXDaddy. I’ve been diligent in my duties to this site for more than a year and I’ve even found myself writing many of my updates at 3am when I can’t get my brain to shut off.
However, as a Talent Manager, my time has become limited thanks to “Pilot Season.” It’s that time of year when everybody in Hollywood loses their mind! This is when all of the networks and studios decide which television pilots to make. Every actor in town is calling their agents and managers begging for auditions in the hopes of being cast as the lead in the next, “Lost” or “Grey’s Anatomy.” Pilot season is that magical time when someone can go from “unemployed bum” to “fame and fortune” in less than 24 hours. It’s also that time of year when representatives begin to drink more, throw items at their assistants, and roll their eyes when they hear that Rose Byrne has the offer on yet another pilot. (Really people?!?!? She’s the ONLY actress in town who’s available?!?!?! Seriously????) Back to the point….
If you’ve ever read GenXDaddy and thought – “He’s not that funny. I could do that!”…well, here’s your chance! I’m looking for a few “Guest Daddies” to write a post or two.
Here are the requirements:
1) The story must be true;
2) The story must be funny;
3) The story must contain a picture;
4) The story cannot be an admission of illegal activity. Please don’t tell me about that one time when you strapped your kid to the roof of your car as you drove home drunk after doing an 8-ball of cocaine with three hookers.
Last week, I posted a blog about my personal frustration over the complexities of “transforming” a new Optimus Prime toy for my son. I did finally get him into truck form and then informed my son that Optimus no longer wanted to be a robot – he only wanted to be a truck and he hoped that Justin understood his decision. Apparently, A LOT of people felt my pain with that posting! Thank you for the notes, emails, calls, and “Sharing” this on Facebook 257 times, to date!!
Last Friday, I was at home with GWE when I got a note on Twitter from @TeamRickiJackie. In 140 characters (or less,) she let me know that she was a friend of a client of mine and she asked for permission to use my blog and a picture of Justin. I sent back a note saying that it was nice to meet her – but, I wanted to know what she was going to use the blog for. While waiting for a response, I decided to look her up. Her name was Jackie MacDougall and she worked for “The Ricki Lake Show.”
I turned towards GWE and asked, “Is there something you want to tell me?” With a puzzled look on her face, she replied “No. Why?”
I decided to rephrase the question. “Honey – Did you contact The Ricki Lake Show because you have something you would like to tell me on national television? Um…will I be taking a paternity test? It would really suck to hear “You are….NOT the father” after spending three years working on a dad blog.” (Although, I do have my dance moves prepared in case I’m ever called to appear on “Maury.”)
As it turns out, The Ricki Lake Show has an upcoming segment today on “Toys That Send Parents Over The Edge.” She loved the blog and has chosen to include Justin on their site. This morning was the first time I saw my son’s face on the home page of The Ricki Lake Show! Too funny!!
Jackie – thank you (again) for following GenXDaddy.com and giving it a national audience!
If you’re a follower of this blog, then you know that I represent actors in my non-dad blogging life. One of the many benefits of doing my job is being able to sit on my sofa, turning on the television, and watching my clients work! One such client is Aldis Hodge, who plays “Hardison” on TNT’s “Leverage.” Week after week, I take great pleasure in tuning in to “Leverage” to watch Aldis and to see (what I consider) one of the best written shows on television today!
A con involving Dad Blogging on “Leverage”
So, imagine my surprise when I watched last night’s episode and discovered the crew manipulating “Dad Blogs” and “Mom Blogs” in order raise media awareness of a certain toy in an attempt to con the ruthless CEO of a toy company! I would consider that fairly progressive since many people don’t even know Dad Blogs exist!
If you get a moment this week, try and catch a re-airing of the show to see Aldis Hodge (Hardison) and Christian Kane (Eliot) debating the pros and cons of “Dad Blogging” while in the middle of running a scam!
Blog sites (like this one) have been on the fringe, but they are starting to become more mainstream. As a former colleague (who also has a dad blog) once said, “It looks like Dad Blogging is the new black!”