Yesterday the magnificent Dolly Parton posted this collage on her social media accounts – it has since gone viral as the #dollypartonchallenge. This is my contribution…
I follow almost 1700 people on my @SevillaTapas Instagram account and, thanks to the odious algorithm, seldom see the people l want to see most in my TL. I end up having to hunt friends down when l notice l haven’t seen their posts for awhile, then sometimes catch up on 2-3 months of their photos. Not exactly the point of the platform, is it?
Anyhow, if you happen to see this and haven’t seen me in your Instagram TL for awhile… well, l post stuff there every day, and also on my personal account @azahar and my other biz account @welovetapas. So if you stop by and leave a like or comment, I’ll pop over to yours. Otherwise l may not know you’re there. 😘
Yet another social media connection. Cathy sent me an email a couple of weeks ago saying “I hope you don’t think this is weird but I’ve been wanting to message you for years but never got around to it and was a little intimidated.” She went on to say that she’d be back in Sevilla soon (she’s been here many times) and that she’d love to meet up. So today was the day.
We went to Bartolomea, a place I’d been meaning to go back to for awhile (so many bars, so little time…) and since Cathy is staying right above the bar it seemed like a good time. We had a fab lunch, and a few wines, and really hit it off. Afterwards we stopped in at Vermutería Yo Soy Tu Padre for a penúltima and to visit Esteban (my future husband 😉 ). Made tentative plans with Esteban and his friend Jota to do some Bodega Research over the next month or so, which is quite exciting for me. More on that later.
Anyhow, it was lovely meeting a new friend and possible future neighbour. Cathy will be back soon and also has plans to retire somewhere in Andalucía. Meanwhile we’ll stay in touch.
Sometimes l get in trouble on my Sevilla Tapas Instagram for not “staying in my lane” and *GASP* having opinions about things not related to food & wine. So @azahar is now my personal Insta account where l get to say whatever l damn well please. Follow if you dare! 😉 Just kidding, it’ll mostly be more travel pics, bit less food, possibly more cats. See you there! 💃🏻
Who is old enough to remember when we all used nicknames online for (ha!) anonymity (that’s when I chose azahar) and seriously thought our opinions were of any importance? My first foray into the early days of internet chat forums was after purchasing a copy of the Salmon of Doubt by Douglas Adams. In the book it mentions a website started by Adams called H2G2 (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), but by the time I discovered it the BBC had taken it over and had been running it since Douglas’s death in 2001. These days it’s being run by some of the orginal editors who have refused to let it die.
I met a lot of lovely people on h2g2, many of whom I’ve ended up meeting in person, and some who remain good friends today. Okay, I also met a lot of asshole windbags, several weirdos and a couple of scary people who made me happy they couldn’t find my real name (this was before I was on Facebook, and Twitter was yet to be born). It’s funny to think back now about how it seemed SO IMPORTANT to express an opinion, especially when you knew it was RIGHT, and then use all kinds of effort to try and convince some idiot that they were WRONG. All being done on fucking DIAL-UP… took forever sometimes. And then half-way through an amazing reply to someone the connection would die and you’d have to start over again. I mean, I think I enjoyed those days, though they were also quite stressful at times.
Then wordpress blogs came along, and then twitter, and I eventually drifted away from h2g2. And frankly, these days on social media, I just go there to have a good time, promote my businesses, show off my cats and – now and then – I meet new friends. So it’s funny to see when Twitter Storms erupt, and everybody gets their knickers in a twist. I am so been-there-done-that. Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned these past almost 20 years of being online… there really is no point arguing with strangers.