I have a friend who recently began blogging. This friend has invited a number of her friends to write “guest posts” on her blog. I am not one of those friends. This has, as you can imagine, caused me not a small amount of pain and jealousy. Why has she not invited me? I have a voice. I have a keyboard. She has a blog. It’s obvious.
I can’t just ask her “may I please write something for your blog?” What if she says “no”? What if she says “yes”?? What if she says nothing and then just blogs about it? It occurs to me that situations like this seem to arise much more frequently than they used to. It makes me wish I had been born in another time, and maybe another place. (Despite all evidence to the contrary, the 1970s don’t count.)
I wish I had been born in Westeros, the (probably) fictional setting for Game of Thrones. (I know the series is actually called “A Song of Fire and Ice”, but I defer to HBO as the definitive source here.) After spending 10 hours there this past weekend, I feel certain I could apply for dual citizenship. (And I would, if I were not certain Joffrey would have me executed for treason.) Even as a visitor, it is easy to see that life in the Seven Kingdoms would be simpler, more adventurous, and generally preferable to life in present-day DC. As evidence:
- I would bring a sword to work instead of a laptop.
- I would (probably) never receive spam messages via crow.
- There is no Beltway.
- There is no Facebook. If I post something on my Wall, it will be someone’s head; if someone “pokes” me, I won’t be confused as to the meaning.
- Men outside of the theatre can wear capes with impunity.
- Family mottos would replace corporate slogans. I’ll take “Winter is Coming” over “I’m Lovin It” any day.
- MTV hasn’t filmed any shows there… yet.
- The “nuclear option” is a dragon.
- We would finally have a wall to keep out Canadians.
- When summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime, you rarely need to switch out your summer/winter wardrobes.
Alas, I cannot return there until Season 2 comes out. But I digress…
What to do about the blog situation? Instead of thinking for myself, I will draw wisdom from a “WWJD” bumper sticker. I assume it means “What Would Joffrey Do?”, and the answer is obvious: he would cut off somebody's head.
On second thought, I think I will just submit an unsolicited guest blog post.