This sort of irritated me, for several reasons. “Charles” is talking here about Al.
The thing is, I saw the exchanges between “Charles” and Al and “Charles” is lying about nearly everything “he” is saying.
First off, this is a fake person who is messaging a real person on Facebook. Get that straight. “Charles” is the fake. We do not know if “Charles” is Nicole (probably not) or Joe (almost certainly not) or one of the kids (more than likely not). “Charles” is almost certainly a woman, though.
But I wanted you all to see how “creepy” these messages were. I am not reproducing all of it here. There’s too much and it would be boring. I am pulling out enough so there is a bit of continuity and I’ll add commentary where necessary to fill in the gaps.
Al was quite civil with “Charles” when CHARLES contacted Al after almost 5 months of zero communication.
I dunno. Al didn’t seem too “creepy” to me?
Second, Al often messages people in the middle of the night. That’s the cool thing about messaging and texting as opposed to telephone calls. You don’t have to be awake to get them. And Al, who is gainfully employed, sometimes works in the middle of the night. After landing and finishing up paperwork and other things, still stoked with the adrenaline of the flight—why wouldn’t he grab his laptop or tablet or whatever he has and relax a little? Maybe he’s waiting for the medical crews to do their thing and rather than reading Louis L’Amour, he does what everybody else does in today’s society— he checks his phone?
And then Charles fires it back up and Al plays along. I don’t blame him.
Notice who begins with the insults? Not Al.
So we make fun of Al’s military service. Al didn’t bring it up. “Charles” did and taunted Al with it. That’s right. It’s “Charles” who begins with the insults and the taunting.
At this point, “Charles” had the option, as we all do on Facebook, to simply end the conversation there. But no. . .
What follows here is an exchange in which “Charles” accuses Al of having an affair with another critic, and then accuses Al’s wife of being involved in “stalking” the Nauglers. I have met Al’s wife, and I assure you, she couldn’t be less interested in the Naugler family. She and my husband both just roll their eyes and yawn.
And I assure you (and I can produce the screen shots to prove it), “Charles” did, in fact, taunt Al about his family. Remember, Al is having a conversation with a fake person here.
And of course, we then get the “think of the children” bullshit. From a fake person who insults real people.
And Al offers yet again to meet with Joe.
And it goes on from there a bit and then stops. At this point, again, “Charles” could have chosen to simply drop the conversation, because, you know, it’s all creepy and stuff.
But no. . .
(Al had set up a meeting with Joe. Al was there. Joe didn’t show up. Joe kind of explained it here . . . well sorta kinda in a chickenshit way)
So there you have it. You read it and decide. Is Al “creepy” and talking all in “secret code” and crazy? Were Al’s comments “taunting” and “hateful”?
Or is Al remarkably patient while trying to have a more or less reasonable conversation with a fake person who is insulting him right and left?
I know what I think.
It would seem Al finally had enough of “sugarbritches.” Al told me he blocked the sock.
But Al does have me wondering why people should “stay tuned.” He does live there and he does know a lot more than he’s willing to release. Maybe that’s the “code” Smyth refers to?