While I admittedly came late to the Twitter party, I am really starting to enjoy some aspects of it.
I do enjoy getting some brilliant nonsense off my chest and the challenge of doing so in 140 characters.
The downside is, just like the radio, I can say something regrettable and even if deleted, it is still out there.
Of course my own proclamations aside, I have found myself quickly well informed by some of those I follow.
And, for example as a Brewer fan, seeing real time and inside information from the likes of beat writer Tom Haudricourt, gives me a good perspective.
As a music lover, I find that while there are a few, most musicians don't open up the way some athletes do.
And no one on Earth opens up the way Nyjer Morgan does. If you think his post-game TV interviews are epic, try his tweets @TheRealTPlush.
Consider the day game of July 6 giving Morgan's alter-ego Tony Plush the evening open and the opportunity to ask where to have dinner that night.
I checked the responses.
The quickest texter/typer was the guy who got in first with La Fuente.
That was immediately followed by dozens of suggestions ranging from Benelux and Mo's to Five Guys and Outback.
The suggestions were flying furiously ... and it really caught my interest. I started to keeping score ... just in case Morgan was democratic enough to literally follow the running totals.
That would have sent him to either Summerfest, (or presumably social media adept ...) AJ Bombers, Sobelman's or Carnevor, although the Carnevor totals were skewed by one woman who kept checking with her boyfriend and echoing his recommendations.
There were also multiple suggestions for Graffito, probably under the assumptions that Morgan would either benefit teammate Ryan Braun or obtain a discount.
I also found myself reading the tweets and thinking that this is better than checking OnMilwaukee.com for dining ideas.
Names of restaurants I always mean to go back to but forget were flying around quicker than I could keep up with my good memories: Maxies, Elsa's, Jackson Grill, Crazy Water, Hinterland.
And those companies that spend tons of advertising dollars can rest assured their money is well spent. There were numerous suggestions of Taco Bell, Jimmy John's, Chipotle, Arby's, Sonic.
And of course it wouldn't be a real conversation without some of these examples ...
"I am grilling on the east side"
"I'll make sloppy joes"
and ... "We have a tee ball game on 72nd north of Greenfield with granola bars and juice boxes."
I also like the person who suggested simply "shrimp or lobster" and the logical woman who asked "what are u hungry for?"
Eventually T Plush himself weighed in with a desire for BBQ.
That set off a frenzy between Saz's and Speed Queen. Morgan chose the latter and I wrote this and went to the fridge for leftovers.
I can't guarantee the same level of excitement, but you can follow me @stevepalec.
(And I bet there will be a picture posted of Mr. Plush enjoying the fine meat, sauce and slice of white bread.)
Two responses came back, including one janitor position. Steve took the other: the opportunity to hang out at WUWM.
After that, he worked at WAUK, then WQFM, then WZUU, then back to WQFM ... and finally worked afternoons at WKLH for a little while.
"I gave up Eddie Money to earn money in 1986," says Steve, who eventually entered the world of commercial real estate.
"But 23 years ago WKLH offered me the chance to wake up early every Sunday morning," he says. "I mean every Sunday morning. I mean like 5:30 am. I mean no matter what I did on Saturday night. Live every Sunday morning. I love it."