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Friday, October 14, 2011

Twitter? Yes, Twitter.

I'm not the best writer and that's gonna be evident by this blog. The thing is, I love Twitter. I'm kind of an addict. I happen to think everyone should be on Twitter, whether you actually Tweet or just follow others. So let me help you get started or give you a few extra people to add to your follow list. Trust me, I know something about needing to be entertained. I've got alotta time to fill.

5. Sarah Colonna @sarahcolonna
I can't describe how funny I think this woman is. She is my favorite female comedian and I got to see her live stand up earlier this year. She often tweets sarcastic, irreverent jokes and rips on her castmates. She makes fun of herself including her dating life and where she's from. I never skip over her tweets and honestly, that's saying a lot. I can only say that about a fraction of the people I follow. Sarah's a roundtable regular and writer for Chelsea Lately and After Lately. She recently wrote a book called "Life as I Blow It" and also has a sitcom that just got picked up by the same name. Sarah's just plain funny and somehow she makes me feel like we could sit down for a drink and chat and be friends. Maybe that's just wishful thinking.

Nah, she'd like me for sure.

4. Lil "C" @kingofkrump
Look guys, there's something about me you don't know. Or I don't know, maybe you do. I confess, I LOVE hip/hop. The culture, the music, the dancing, all of it. I get it. It makes no sense. I grew up in Southern Indiana in a town of 8,000. The definition of midwestern small town. I can't help it, I've fallen in love with it in my adult life. So, who is Lil C? He's just the man responsible for an entire genre of dance called krumping, that's all. I don't want to cross any lines and explain krumping as hip/hop dancing. It's not. If you wanna understand it better, I highly recommend you look up the documentary called Rize. It's inspiring and shed light on a way of life I didn't know a lot about. I realize my limitations in understanding something that came from a world I've only read about. I just know that Lil C is an innovator, a creator and he's inspiring to watch and listen to. He dances, he raps, he choreographs, I don't know, he probably makes magic too. I follow him on Twitter to get access to his most recent work in music and dance. He's also got a way with words and is often poetic and thoughtful in his posts. He purposely misspells words and makes up his own. Maybe I have a little crush, but that doesn't mean I'm not objective.

He's def ##Bucc!!!

3. Jeff C @ajeffclawson
So, Jeff's not "famous" and you may not have ever heard of him, although I wouldn't be surprised if you did someday. Jeff's a teacher in the Indianapolis area and he's actually a friend of a friend. I know him from his work at local improv company, ComedySportz and as a member of long form sketch group, Three Dollar Bill. I only marignally know him but I gotta tell you, to me, he's one of those people whom you meet and you like instantly. And man, is he funny. I have so much fun watching him on stage and his physical comedy makes me laugh more than anyone else I've seen. Obviously, when I found he was on Twitter it was a no-brainer to follow. I haven't been disappointed. He uses really intelligent, sharp humor. I love that he has an ongoing commentary on different subjects using hashtags like #MyDumbassSuburbanProblems, #ILoveMyWife, and #BewareDaHorsies. If you choose to follow Jeff and you don't at least chuckle to yourself once a day, then I don't know what's wrong with you.

(No pressure, Jeff.)

2.My number two has been deleted because I changed my mind. Just follow me on Twitter if you wanna. @bethfortwendel

1. Stuart Scott @stuartscott
STUART SCOTT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE I'VE NEVER MET! I'm serious when I tell you that following Stuart on Twitter has changed my life a little. Lemme explain. First of all, if you don't know who Stuart is, you need to watch ESPN like normal people. Seriously, I started following him because I LOVE sports. All my life I've been the girl who would choose ESPN or some baseball or football game over sitcoms and soap operas. I don't know what I'd do without ESPN and Stuart has always been my favorite Sportscenter anchor. These days, watching sports is a kind of escape for me. There's competition, heartfelt stories and hope. I love it and I get wrapped up so easily. Scleroderma has landed me on the couch more so than I appreciate and televised sports and sports news is a Godsend. So, thanks to ESPN for that. And Stuart entertains me. He's funny and uses clever, cool catch phrases. I wanna be cool like Stuart.

Second of all, Stuart is an awesome father/person. He uses Twitter often to tell stories about time with his children and the joys of parenthood. He shares his love for his kids and his hopes and dreams for them. He constantly praises them to all of us complete strangers and celebrates their unique qualities. I'm so impressed by this because I see parenting as THE most important job any one of us could have. I don't have children, but if I did I would want to have children with someone who views parenthood like he does. It's refreshing.

Third of all, Stuart has inspired me. He has cancer. At the time I'm writing this, I don't know what his current status is, but I know that for months I have read post after post of positive words and an attitude that I wish I could manufacture for myself. He has shared his journey through chemotherapy and tests with honest feelings about fears and triumphs. Each Tweet, each day that I read that has showcased his ability to look at life as a joy and something to be lived and not survived, has encouraged me. As a result, I felt strength build in me as well. Seems strange that someone I don't know and who only communicates through tidbits of his life in 140 characters at a time could affect me that much. But he has. Even after I've lived through the disappointment of being rejected for a life-saving stem cell transplant, I decided to push through all of it again in hopes of getting a lung transplant. All the paperwork, the tests, the poking, the proding, the hopes, the fears, the pain, all of it. I'm willing to do it all again based solely on the hope that I will breathe normally again. It's not likely Stuart will ever read this but I'm gonna say this anyway:

Thank you. For being honest and open and for sharing your struggle and your journey. Your story reached me and moved me.
Stay strong,