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When a tweet is a Sound Off at the Sun

Last Tuesday, I gave the TV a rest and had a rare social evening out on a work night.

At one point during the evening I played some VLTs, which were the new games — I believe they are the third generation of the machines first introduced in Manitoba bars and lounges in the ’90s.

The machines are manufactured by SPIELO International Canada and the two or three I tried out were some of some 2,000 new prodiGi Vu terminals in Manitoba.

Overall, Manitoba Lotteries is also using SPIELO International’s INTELLIGEN central system to monitor all of Manitoba Lotteries’ approximately 6,000 VLTs. And on that night, SPIELO was being very stingy with its payouts. Very stingy indeed.

To my mind, the older games at least gave you some more playing time. I’m not expecting to win, but I like to have some playing time as a form of entertainment.

So after I got home that night at 11:11 p.m., my wallet a bit lighter, I tweeted: @Monstereditor: I’m not a big-time #VLT player, but while the new bar machines look pretty, odds of winning seem to be very low vs old ones. #NDP #cashgrab

Six minutes later, @mynameisblar tweets an innocuous comment back to me: Do they still have jacks or better? Only game I can play.

Five minutes later, Tory MLA @MyrnaBDriedger retweets my anti-NDP tweet to her 889 followers.

But sometime overnight, instead of responding to my tweet through the normal human route, the following comes through the Sun’s anonymous Sound Off submission line:

sound_off: James O’Connor’s VLT addiction is widely known however, it makes one’s head shake to see him using his ‘editor’ twitter account to take a swipe at the NDP about such foolishness. As a future NDP candidate and user of common sense, stating that VLTs are not easy to win on and blaming the gov’t is nothing short of idiocy. Of course the odds are not in your favor, it’s GAMBLING! #credibilityshotagain.

I certainly don’t have a VLT addiction.

I will admit I have a burger addiction.

And my ‘editor’ Twitter account is my own.

While my handful of regular e-stalkers usually make up some Grimm fairy tale about my “shocking and lewd” behaviour after spotting me at an event or out in public, this time they decided to attack a simple tweet (there were more comments later on).

While the e-stalkers certainly work hard to I guess try to get me in trouble — what is this, grade school? — they amuse me and give others in the newsroom a laugh. However, some of the posts are defamatory, so I have them printed out in case I might need them later on.

I also share a few of these with readers from time to time, just to show you what even a minor public figure can go through in a comparatively small city such as Brandon. I would sure hate to be a scrappy mayor or a cantankerous councillor.

•••

If the Winnipeg media was going to have a ’90s reunion, it could start right here in Brandon as former CBC and CKY reporters Glen Kirby and Clay Young, respectively, are working in the Wheat City.

They join myself (a Winnipeg Sun expatriate, who has been at the helm of the Brandon Sun’s newsroom for eight years) and Cam Clark, now general manager at CKLQ/Star FM, who was all over Winnipeg radio and TV in the ’90s.

Kirby is the new communications officer at Brandon University. I recall the former CBC reporter — who recently ran Kirby Communications — and myself chasing officials at Winnipeg’s city hall back in the day when he worked for Mother Corp.

Clay Young was most recently at CJOB 68 radio, but I knew him back when he was a rough and tumble repo for CKY TV (now CTV Winnipeg). He was also anchor of CKY News in the late ’80s. Young is the new news director at CKLQ.

I wish them well in their new positions. Just watch out for the e-stalkers.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 8, 2012

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Last Tuesday, I gave the TV a rest and had a rare social evening out on a work night.

At one point during the evening I played some VLTs, which were the new games — I believe they are the third generation of the machines first introduced in Manitoba bars and lounges in the ’90s.

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At one point during the evening I played some VLTs, which were the new games — I believe they are the third generation of the machines first introduced in Manitoba bars and lounges in the ’90s.

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