One of the reasons outfits like Team Kimberlin fail is that they tend to overthink their plots and wind up getting caught. This episode of Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign which first ran five years ago today deals with why one should not overthink one’s response to such plots.
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SOUND: Skype rings once.
JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.
SMITH: (Telephone Filter) Hey, Johnny, it’s Liz Smith.
JOHNNY: Hi, Liz. What’s up?
SMITH: (Telephone Filter) The Boss wants to hold a program development meeting. Can you come over to S-140?
SMITH: (Telephone Filter) The Boss wants to get started ASAP.
JOHNNY: I’ll be right over.
MUSIC: Theme up and under.
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.
SOUND: Footsteps in hall
JOHNNY: The usual format of the program is to start off with a tweet related to the current matter under investigation. This week is different.
Monday, October 2nd. The weather was clear with one of those bright blue October skies in Westminster. It was 10:04 am when I got to room S-140. Internet detail.
SOUND: Door opens.
FRIDAY: Come on in, Atsign. Grab a cup of coffee.
SOUND: Foot steps across room.
JOHNNY: Thanks, Joe.
SOUND: Coffee poured.
SHERIFF: Take a seat.
SOUND: Footsteps across room. Chair pulled out.
SHERIFF: OK. Here’s the situation. We’ve been doing these old time radio parodies for almost a year now. Counting Blogsmoke, Blognet, and Johnny Atsign there have been almost a hundred episodes. It all started as a comeback to a snarky comment by Bunny Boy.
SMITH: I’ve been surprised by how popular the shows have been.
FRIDAY: Part of that may result from the fact that even our short series has sustained longer than anything that Bunny Boy or The Grouch have ever done. That’s allowed our characters to develop more fully than any persona du jour The Grouch is using.
SHERIFF: That brings up the suggestion we had from several followers of the blog that we should do a parody of one of The Grouch’s online radio stations.
JOHNNY: Which one?
SHERIFF: Yeah. That was my first reaction. But after I thought about it, there are some recurring themes in his stuff that we might latch on to.
JOHNNY: I suppose … he often uses the same call sign. But if we transpose the last two letters, we get the call sign of a real station. They might not appreciate …
FRIDAY: Yeah, but there might be some way to do a county music parody of some of the musical junk he’s done and call it something like the Grand Ole Uproar.
SMITH: (Fading out) Sounds kinda weak to me. First of all, most of his musical material is not worth parodying. Second, …
JOHNNY: The meeting went on like that for over an hour.
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JOHNNY: We beat several ideas to death before we reached what should have been an obvious conclusion.
SHERIFF: (Fading in) … which probably what we all knew before the meeting stated.
SMITH: Yeah. Some things are self-parodying.
JOHNNY: Uh, huh. The best thing we can do is to simply let The Grouch be The Grouch.
FRIDAY: He really should be gargling Desenex.
SHERIFF: How’s that?
FRIDAY: As a treatment for athlete’s tongue from having his foot in his mouth.
JOHNNY TWEETS: (SYNTH VOICE) @TheGrouch The easiest way to discredit you hasn’t changed.
MUSIC: Theme up and under
ANNOUNCER: Now, here’s our star to tell you about next week’s intriguing episode of our story.
JOHNNY: Next time? More RICO Madness. 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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Of course, it’s often hard to spot overthinking in a group that doesn’t seem to be think much at all.