Daily Dialogue: Cowards in Cyber Hoods

Two women wander the chaos of my mind and tell me what they have to say for 40 minutes.

Carla
This is the ninth time this has happened today.

Amber
What?

Carla
Look at my timeline.

Amber
People are actually calling you a piece of shit because your dad just died? But you don’t know any of these people.

Carla
You think? I’m sorry, I don’t mean to take it out on you. I just can’t take it out on them.

Amber
Why not? Call those bastards out.

Carla
Don’t you think I have? But I’M the bad guy because I “can’t take a joke” and should “drown my tears in my stacks of money.”

Amber
They hate you because you’re rich? But you earned yours, and you’re one of the most helpful people alive. Even when you were broke.

Carla
That’s not how they see me. To them, I’m a rich bitch who deserves every bit of dirt they can throw at me.

Amber
Block them, then.

Carla
They just create another account with a different name. I’m convinced five people are actually one person. They keep misspelling the same words.

Amber
Delete your account?

Carla
If this was a year ago, I wouldn’t have given it a second thought. But my professional life is too entwined with the site. If I left now, I’d be crippled. Plus, there are still some good people out there.

Amber
What do you think the real problem is?

Carla
Like how a hypochondriac reads a medical book and thinks they have every disease, an asshole is given anonymity and thinks they can get away with anything. Look at situations that show off the worst in humanity, like the KKK. Or executioners in the Middle Ages. There’s something freeing in not being known. I mean, some good can come from wearing a mask. Like Anonymous.

Amber
Or Batman.

Carla
Or Batman. But there are a lot more Klansmen than Batmen. And I’m not saying what I’m going through is anything like Black America in the first half of the 20th century.

Amber
I’d have to join the assholes, if that was the case.

Carla
But you understand where I’m coming from.

Amber
Yeah. People picking on you just because your dad died has to rank pretty high on the pity scale, though.

Carla
And the people are shameless. I say “people” because they’re men and women.

Amber
Women? But you’re successful. On your terms and not on your back. They should be happy for you.

Carla
There’s no solidarity in the sorority. Some women think what you do, but most of them hate my guts.

Amber
What? Why?

Carla
Because I’m rich. Because I won’t share. Because I’m tall. Because I have nice hair.

Amber
That’s so stupid.

Carla
Anonymity brings out the worst in people. The internet is like the dive bar of the 21st century sometimes.

Amber
How so?

Carla
If you think of anonymity like alcohol, it makes a lot of sense. You’ve been to a few bars, right?

Amber
I’m a bartender.

Carla
So you’ve seen firsthand the rainbow of drunks normal people turn into when they’ve had that one shot too many.

Amber
And have had to clean up the rainbow of messes they leave behind.

Carla
Same diff with the internet.

Amber
Yeah, that makes a lot of sense now. You need a bouncer.

Carla
I need a break.

Amber
So take one. I’m sure those jerks’ll tucker themselves out.

Carla
Can’t. A successful woman’s life doesn’t allow for breaks unless they’re planned at least a month in advance. The world is much harder on mammaries than testicles.

Amber
Life’s been ok for me.

Carla
Bartenders have bouncers.

Amber
Oh yeah.

Carla
If I don’t defend myself, I’m weak. If I do, I’m a bitch. If I’m late, I’m irresponsible. If my shirt isn’t buttoned all the way, I’m a slut.

Amber
Hey, I’ve seen some of your bras so I’ll have to agree with that last one.

Carla
It’s not like I wear them to work.

Amber
Uh huh.

Carla
Ok, sometimes. But it’s good to feel sexy at work occasionally.

Amber
SUH-LUT!

Carla
Aren’t you the one who let’s some of her thong peek out for bigger tips?

Amber
They look, don’t touch. No touchy means no sexy means no slutty.

Carla
That doesn’t work at my job.

Amber
I always told you, you weren’t a thong girl. Definitely hipsters, though.

Carla
I meant your line of thinking.

Amber
Oh.

Carla
The right person, or rather, the wrong person could sue me for sexual harassment.

Amber
What, for not tucking in your thong? That’s fucking stupid.

Carla
The price for being a successful woman. And a slob.

Amber
So… you’re rich.

Carla
Last I checked.

Amber
Couldn’t you find a hacker to track your haters down and hire a few guys to handle ’em with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch?

Carla
I think it was tweezers.

Amber
Semantics.

Carla
I could, but there’s that whole morality thing.

Amber
Damn morality to the dump. This is war!

Carla
I think I’ll just take it on the chin and remember that the few words they’ll say to me are the most impact they’re gonna have on anyone’s life. I’ll remember what they said for a day or two, then forget it. The things I’m doing for the world will be remembered for at least the rest of my life.

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2 Responses to “Daily Dialogue: Cowards in Cyber Hoods”

  1. Your dialogue is addictive. Thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks for thinking so, and for finding me. I’ve been at this for a while, so there’s plenty to dig through. These were half as long when I started, but they weren’t as good. At least you’ll have a lot of choices?

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