I’m neither a news anchor, journalist, or politician, nor do I pretend to be any of those. However, speaking of people who seem to have a tendency to, um, exaggerate their experiences in some small (or large) way . . .
I confess that I sort of inadvertently fibbed when I responded to a Facebook thread. I committed this small faux pas last week when I commented on a picture of Amtrak’s Lakeshore Limited (LL). I wrote that I had taken the LL from Chicago to Berkshire County Massachusetts. I mentioned that I started the journey in Tacoma, Washington, and changed trains three times. That statement implied that it took four trains to get me to the East Coast.
That’s not what actually happened. I took three trains, not four, during the trip. I changed trains only twice. I didn’t intentionally overstate the number of trains I took to make the trip sound less boring than it was. No, that’s not quite right; sometimes it wasn’t boring.
If I had wanted to make the journey sound more exciting, I would have mentioned the obviously drunk dude (DD) whose antics woke other passengers in the middle of the night. After an argument with the conductor, DD was ejected from the train when it stopped in East Bearshoot, Idaho, sometime between midnight and 2 a.m.
Honestly, I didn’t mean to fib about the number of trains I took. I wrote three instead of two because I posted the comment on borrowed time, so to speak. I had to shut down quickly that morning and leave the house to go somewhere. And I was already late. I posted my comment in too much of a hurry and didn’t have time to proof my post.
That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.