Meandering Out Loud

Don Thorp’s Musing, Muttering, and Mischief Along a Random Path

Parent 23,290 – Teenager 0

I have to admit, I was part of the problem, but it is very hard to resist coming to the aid of another parent when challenged by a teenager. I woke up this morning and saw this tweet which I’ve edited to remove the actual phone number.

T+0h leolaporte My son Hank doesn’t believe I have so many followers. He says text him if you follow me here. 707 XXX-YYYY. Let’s see how many msgs he gets.

Not long after, this tweet appeared.

T+0h leolaporte OK that was a really bad idea. ;-)

I woke up in this period and couldn’t help but send my own text message to poor Hank. Telling him in fact that I did follow his dad on twitter.

Several hours later.

T+10h leolaporte Boy it sure is hard deleting old tweets. Pownce and Jaiku delete them right away. Guess Hank’s phone will be unusable today.

The damage assessment will come.

T+11h leolaporte I won’t know the total number of text messages Hank received until I get the bill, but it was in the thousands. He had to turn off the phone

And finally,

T+11h leolaporte I DDoSed my own son.

While it may be a little extreme you can’t help but cheer just a little. How many times are parents challenged with no real way to prove a child wrong. Will it prevent Hank from challenging Dad in the future, probably not, he is a teenager after all. Will it make him think twice, just maybe.

Oh and the score in the title, the number of Twitter users following Leo that had the opportunity to send a nice encouraging text to Hank.

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April 23rd, 2008

Don Thorp


One Response to “Parent 23,290 – Teenager 0”

  1. TLC says:

    Ok,, that’s priceless. I have a 14 yr old and that would be pretty funny. Except for the bill. Geez, this font is so small and hard to read as I type. Can’t tell if I make a mistake.


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