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A Practical Guide To Sexting (For Men Over 30)

Well, the media is ablaze with stories about a new teen phenomenon known as sexting. Apparently, kids today are using their cell phones to take sexy pictures of themselves and then sending them to friends--sometimes with sexy text messages. I have to confess, as someone who went to high school in the 90s, I was a little taken aback by todays technologically advanced and sexually retarded teens. But as I read these sexting stories (over and over again) I kept thinking one thing: Why just sassy teens? Surely, grown-ups can get on this sexting bandwagon.

So for the last month, Ive been learning all I can about sexting from todays youth in the hopes of applying what I call my Sexting Technique to every aspect of life. I couldnt have done it without the help of my young and nubile Facebook friends who were a huge help. For example, did you know that you dont need to type the word breasts or even boobs because you can substitute (.)(.) Isnt that sexy? Sure it is, and the world of sexting is filled with fun and wonderful surprises just like that!

But for those of you brave enough, sexting offers more than mere graphic, written and photographic titillation. And it doesnt have to be limited to high school buddies or significant others, either. As I will show you, there is hardly an interaction in our daily lives that could not be made better with the addition of sexting.

JOB INTERVIEWS

In todays economy, job applicants need every advantage they can get to secure a job. That means learning everything you can about your interviewer: his experiences with the company, his accomplishments and, of course, his cell phone number. An applicant serious about securing a job through my Sexting Technique will do whatever necessary--including going through the interviewers old discarded billing statements--to get this vital information. Only then can you have experiences such as these:

INTERVIEWER

So I see youve freelanced at Cracked.com for almost three years. Tell me, what part of that qualifies you to work here at Union Carbide?

GLADSTONE

Well, hmm I wrote an article about Jessica Simpson being fat that got a lot of Diggs.

INTERVIEWER

Yeah, thats not really what were looking for in an industrial chemist. Im sorry, I just-

Interviewers cell phone vibrates

INTERVIEWER

Excuse me, Im expecting a call from the EPA. Hello? Oh, its not a phone call. Its just a text. Thats odd.

GLADSTONE

What is?

INTERVIEWER

Oh nothing. Just a weird emoticon type thing from some unknown caller.

GLADSTONE

Is it breasts?

INTERVIEWER

Excuse me?

GLADSTONE

The text. Is it breasts? I bet its breasts, isnt it?

Interviewer looks at cell phone.

INTERVIEWER

Well, its an open paren, period, closed paren, and then the series of symbols is repeated again. Oh hey! I guess that does look like breasts. Neat But how did you know that?

GLADSTONE

Perhaps, I could answer you best in this way.

Gladstone pushes a few buttons on his cell phone. Interviewers cell phone vibrates.

INTERVIEWER

Why did you just forward me a picture of a dude in a shower? Wait. Is that you? And if so, you might want to consider waxing.

GLADSTONE

(coyly)

I dont know. Is it me? It could be.

INTERVIEWER

You realize Im not gay, right? And even if I were, what youre doing is wildly inappropriate.

GLADSTONE

Sir, I assure you. Im not gay either. But thats how serious I am about working here at Union Carbide.

INTERVIEWER

So serious that youd pretend to be gay to straight man in a way that is unacceptable regardless of sexual orientation?

GLADSTONE

Thats one way to say it. Heres another.

Gladstone sexts furiously on his cell. Interviewers phone vibrates again.

INTERVIEWER

(reading)

U R Hawt? What does that even mean?

GLADSTONE

Its text-speak or sext-speak. All the kids are doing it, old timer! So do I get the job?

INTERVIEWER

Mr. Gladstone, I want you to listen closely. Im going to do two things: First Im going to drop my phone into the vat of hydrochloric acid we keep in Sector C. And then, Im going to call security.

GLADSTONE

Security? I would think my job orientation would start with Human Resources?

INTERVIEWER

I didnt offer you the job.

GLADSTONE

OK. Not yet. But call me. I know you have the number. . .

Gladstone texts. Interviewers phone buzzes.

INTERVIEWER

(reading text)

A semi colon followed by a closed parenthetical? Youre standing right there. Why didnt you just wink at me for real?!

GLADSTONE

Would you like me to wink at you, sir? Is that what youre saying? Sssh. Dont answer. Ill go. Ill wait for your offer by text message.

ORDERING AT McDONALD'S

Ever notice how hard it is to get good service at a McDonald's drive-thru? To the minimum wage employee inside, youre just another faceless customer, soliciting the fast food conglomerates pre-molded culinary wares. A cold impersonal experience. But it doesnt have to be. After all, a drive-thru menu is actually a lot like a cell phone! I mean, it has a camera, a microphone for talking and a speaker for listening. And when Apple unrolls its Big Mac application in 2010, there will hardly be any difference between the devices at all. So why not apply my Sexting Technique to your advantage?

EMPLOYEE

Welcome to McDonald's. May I take your order?

GLADSTONE

Can you see me?

EMPLOYEE

What?

GLADSTONE

Can you see me?

EMPLOYEE

Yes?

GLADSTONE

Good then let me open my car door and ask you a question: What kind of pants am I wearing?

EMPLOYEE

What kind of pants? I dont- oh, dear God! Youre not wearing pants.

GLADSTONE

Thats right, baby. Why dont you take off that headset and come supersize me?

EMPLOYEE

Please sir, Ill be forced to get my manager.

GLADSTONE

Oh, no can do, baby. I want you all to myself unless--how sexist of me--is your manager a lady?

EMPLOYEE

Please just order something, sir. You must see something you want.

GLADSTONE

Oh, I do. Whats your cell phone number?

EMPLOYEE

Look, if I just give you a Big Mac, will you please go away?

GLADSTONE

I think youve already given me a Big Mac, if you know what I mean.

EMPLOYEE

Ugh. Gross.

GLADSTONE

I mean my penis.

EMPLOYEE

I know what you mean. Please, just drive up, take your free food and get out of here.

big-mac

AT CONFESSION

If youre anything like me, youre surely going to Hell. Yes, fire and brimstone await you for a lifetime of sins all of which have only increased exponentially in this technological age. Thats why the need for Catholicism and its get out of eternal damnation free cards are more important than ever. But as about half the congregants in those confessionals are likely owning up to sins they committed online--from illegal downloads, to eBay scams, to harassing old flames on Facebook even after being defriended--it occurred to me that the confessional could use a 21st century update. Thats right, youre way ahead of me: sexting!

GLADSTONE

Forgive me Father for I have sinned. Its been forever since my last confession.

PRIEST

Why is that my son?

GLADSTONE

Im not a Catholic.

PRIEST

I see. Well, would you like a personal relationship with Jesus?

GLADSTONE

I would, but I dont have his cell.

Priests cell vibrates.

PRIEST

Im sorry, son. I forgot to shut off my phone

GLADSTONE

No, thats OK, Father. Please. Answer it.

PRIEST

No, now is not the time.

GLADSTONE

Its from me. Im shy. Please read it.

PRIEST

Oh very well. (reading) Ive been a naughty boy?

GLADSTONE

Very.

PRIEST

How, my son?

Priests cell vibrates.

PRIEST

Again with the text? Very well. (looks at cell) Why did you just send me a picture of a man in a shower? Wait. Is that you? And if so, you might want to consider waxing.

GLADSTONE

I think Im addicted to sexting, Father. Ya see, sexting is

PRIEST

I know what sexting is, my son. And no good can come from it.

GLADSTONE

Well, I did just get a free Big Mac on the way over here so

PRIEST

What do you say in your sexts?

GLADSTONE

Well sometimes, I do sexts like this:

Priests phone buzzes

PRIEST

The boobs graphic? Thats not really a sext. Thats well thats just a retarded emoticon. Are you sure you really know what youre doing?

GLADSTONE

Hey, how do you know so much about sexting? Arent you supposed to be a priest?

PRIEST

Um, they had a course... at seminary.

GLADSTONE

You sext, dont you!

PRIEST

I do not. Stop this nonsense or-

GLADSTONE

Or what? Youll take me to the rectory?

PRIEST

Thats kind of a long way to go for a joke, dont you think?

GLADSTONE

Yeah, I know. Im sorry, Father. Im kind of lost here.

PRIEST

How so?

GLADSTONE

This whole sext column seemed like a good idea, at first, and now well, I dont really have an ending.

PRIEST

Yeah, most Internet columns are like that. Many skits too.

GLADSTONE

Yeah.

PRIEST

Wanna make a joke about me being a pedophile?

GLADSTONE

Nah. Too easy. Besides, you seem like a nice enough priest. I mean, for a fictional character.

PRIEST

Thanks. I try.

GLADSTONE

I should probably just do some penance or something.

PRIEST

For the sexting?

GLADSTONE

No. For starting a column I couldnt finish.

PRIEST

OK, tell you what. For penance, why dont you send me the other half of that shower pic and well call it a day?

GLADSTONE

I thought we agreed that jokes too easy.

PRIEST

It is, but youre in a bind, and being compassionate is part of my job.

GLADSTONE

Gee thanks, Father!

PRIEST

Besides, you didnt make the joke. I did.

GLADSTONE

Well, yeah, sorta, but

PRIEST

Dont sweat it, Gladstone. Its just the Internet.

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