This episode of Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign was first published three years ago today. In a previous episode, Johnny’s informant Deep Vote has told him to look for enforce errors made by The Bomber.
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ANNOUNCER: From Westminster, it’s time for—
SOUND: Phone rings twice. Caller’s POV.
AARON: (Telephone Filter) Hello.
JOHNNY: Aaron, it’s Johnny Atsign.
AARON: (Telephone Filter) What’s up, Johnny?
JOHNNY: Another unforced error. I think we need to get together for lunch.
ANNOUNCER: The Lickspittle Broadcasting System presents W. J. J. Hoge in the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed Twitter account, America’s fabulous free-lance Internet investigator …
JOHNNY: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!
MUSIC: Theme up to music out.
JOHNNY: The following is partial extract of the tweets sent and received during my investigation of The Helpful Hint Matter.
JOHNNY TWEETS: (SYNTH VOICE) @DeepVote Thanks for the tip.
SOUND: Restaurant background.
HOSTESS: How many sir?
JOHNNY: Just two of us and … I see my friend is already here.
HOSTESS: I’ll send your waitress after you join him.
JOHNNY: Thanks. [Pause] Hi, Aaron.
AARON: Hi, Johnny. I brought that file you wanted. What’s up?
JOHNNY: You haven’t been by the courthouse yet, have you?
AARON: No, I was planning on stopping by on the way home.
JOHNNY: I have, and …
WAITRESS: Hi, guys. What can I get for you?
JOHNNY: A Coke Zero.
WAITRESS: And a refill on you ice tea?
WAITRESS: I’ll be right back.
JOHNNY: I stopped by yesterday and picked up certified copies of The Bomber’s latest filing.
AARON: The sanctions motion?
JOHNNY: Yeah. Let me see that file you brought.
SOUND: Pages being turned.
JOHNNY: Yeah. Just as I thought. Here, compare this one that he filed as an exhibit with the court and this notice he served on you.
AARON: They’re not the same.
JOHNNY: Uh, huh. And I’ll bet that we can find other discrepancies with other documents as well. We should go through the whole filing and …
WAITRESS: Here’s your Coke Zero. Here’s your ice tea. Do you guys need a few minutes with the menus?
AARON: Yeah. Give us a couple more minutes.
AARON: Let me put this all in my briefcase before something gets spilled. So what do you make of it?
JOHNNY: I’m not the lawyer here. You are. What do you call it when someone files a sworn statement with a court that isn’t true?
SOUND: Restaurant background out.
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SOUND: Road noise. Car interior POV.
JOHNNY: I was on the road working on another case a couple of days later …
SOUND: Cell phone rings once.
JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.
AARON: (Telephone Filter) Johnny, it’s Aaron.
JOHNNY: Did you have everything you needed?
AARON: (Telephone Filter) More than enough. Those files about [redacted]
JOHNNY: Yeah, but they may be handy when [redacted]
AARON: (Telephone Filter) That will be up to the State’s Attorney.
JOHNNY: If that’s the case, I’m guessing that the afternoon was a success.
AARON: (Telephone Filter) Not completely, but the Commissioner did go with two out of the four possible charges: perjury and fabricating evidence. Anyway, I called to say “Thank you.” Your help made this much easier.
SOUND: Road noise out.
JOHNNY TWEETS: @TheBomber You’re in luck. Maryland’s 3-time loser law only applies to crimes of violence.
ANNOUNCER: Now, here’s our star to tell you about next week’s intriguing episode of our story.
JOHNNY: Next time? Truth or consequences. Join us, won’t you?
Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!
MUSIC: Swell theme and under
ANNOUNCER: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign, starring W. J. J. Hoge, is transcribed in Westminster. Be sure to join us next Monday, same time and URL, for the next exciting episode of Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign.
MUSIC: Theme up to music out.
ANNOUNCER: Johnny Atsign is a work of fiction. If anyone thinks it’s about him, he should read Proverbs 28:1. This is LBS, the Lickspittle Broadcasting System.
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There’s an old saying about Reality being stranger than Fiction because Fiction has to make sense. One also might say that as Fiction more closely mirrors Reality, it can begin to seem nonsensical.