Despite my wife’s protestations, I think Twitter is awesome.
And today was a good Twitter day, though it could have been so much better.
See, I was listening to Jim Rome (sports talkshow host) at lunch like I usually do and was moved to tweet about an interview he did. He interviewed Tyler Hamilton, a cyclist who won a gold medal and then subsequently lost it when he got busted for using performance enhancing drugs. He wrote a book, so of course he’s doing media to promote it, but I thought he sounded like a guy who was at peace. A guy who wasn’t hiding anything anymore. A lot of listeners were upset that he is “making money off of being a cheater.” I don’t view it that way. I view it as a guy who for years did things the wrong way. A guy who had to be forced into telling the truth (he was subpoenaed), but once he did, was freed. He told about how, once he started telling the truth he couldn’t stop. He testified for seven hours. That’s a lot of truth-telling. Asked if he thinks Lance Armstrong will confess someday, he said yes confidently. “Nobody can handle keeping that many secrets for their whole life,” he said (something to that effect).
So, I tweeted the following tweet, which Jim re-tweeted:
RT @ryanhaack: @jimrome Great interview. Tyler sounds like a man at peace to me. Secrets kill.
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) October 18, 2012
I got the notification on my phone and was stoked. I mean, it doesn’t really mean anything, but it’s pretty cool that he noticed mine out of the hundreds I’m sure he gets during a show. Plus, he has nearly a million followers, so…that’s cool.
“But Ryan, you said it could have been so much better? What gives?” you ask.
Well, I accidentally used my personal account rather than @LivingOneHanded! That would have been so rad! What a dum dum.
Ah well, there’s always next time, right?