Royally Facebooked
18 November, 2010
Royally Facebooked

The all powerful Facebook has been in the news lately. This time it was not due to privacy concerns or the big squabble over customers with Google. Instead it has been royally good news. Recently her Royal Highness Queen of England herself, despite the security risks, has joined the Facebook nation.
Embolden by this sudden move into the 21century by her Majesty, my Georgian friend Mancho had decided to try out the website herself. I admit

I was suspicious when I received a request for friendship from “Mancho X”.  Mancho is the last person I would have ever expected to be on Facebook. My seventy five year old grandmother uses Internet more than Mancho does. Mancho, who has been living in Los Angeles for the past five years, has never owned a car or a cell phone. I knew she had a computer, but I didn’t know she had finally let go of the purse strings and bought a wireless network. The only other electric appliance she has had in her apartment besides the computer was a television. Since last year when California decided to get rid of antennas and make everything cable and more expensive, she hasn’t even turned it on. The TV just stands there in the middle of the room dark and mute.

 


I was curious to find out what prompted her to join the social networking site, so I looked at her Facebook page. Sure enough there it was. She had befriended me and one more person I did not recognize, a Georgian man residing in Los Angeles.  This could only mean one thing. Mancho had met a man. I was so elated by the news; I skipped around the house with Begemotik a.k.a. The Evil Cat, in my hands. The Cat was a forced present from Mancho years ago. The Evil Cat didn’t like it very much and scratched her way out, like the vicious little beast she was. It was an ominous sign, and I should have known better than to celebrate before it was time to.
A week went by and no word came back from this mystery man. Mancho, who has never been the nicest person on the planet, started spitting fire at people around her. The last person in her field of vision happened to be a math pupil she has been tutoring for extra money. She almost ripped his head of when he showed her how he did long division. In American schools the method is taught differently, but Mancho did not know this.  She proceeded to threaten the poor pupil, who was Catholic, with fire and brimstone and eternal damnation if he didn’t do the division the ‘proper’ way. It wasn’t until the child cried that Mancho let go of his hair.


The rest of the week was spent in self-recrimination. For hours I had to listen to: “is it my face? Does he just not like my face? Am I too skinny? Am I too fat? It’s my bushy eyebrows isn’t it? I knew I should have tweezed them. Is it something else? Is it my nose? You can tell me, I won’t kill you.”
As if I would have believed her anyway, I kept saying no, which as far as I knew was true. Finally she resigned to the fact that he was turned off by the fact that she was too straightforward, to the point of being rude.  That was it, wasn’t it - her tone seemed to ask. As if to answer her Begemotik hissed into the phone.
Mancho is still clinging to the hope that the mystery man will one day contact her, but it hasn’t been easy on me. In the process of all this, amongst other things she has become addicted to Facebook’s application Farmville. She keeps sending me cows and I keep sending them back.  Rude, I know, but also straightforward. I bet Queen of England doesn’t have this kind of problem. Just try sending Her a cow.

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