20/20

Last night I was REALLY worn out, too much week, too much weekend, too many things going on =)  So when we climbed into bed I alternated between the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) and a re-run of 20/20.  Yes, I did see Lady Gaga’s alter ego – he’s hot =)

The re-run of 20/20 had me hooked.  It was about an 18-year-old girl who becomes involved in an internet relationship with a man she thinks is a 19-year-old marine, but who is actually a 46-year-old married father of two.  The girl finds out and starts a different relationship with another of the man’s co-worker’s, who is younger.  Soon, everyone the older man works with knows that he has been lying about his identity on the internet.  The younger man is then shot to death in the parking lot at work and the older man is charged (and later convicted) in the shooting.

While investigating, the police attempt to contact the 18-year-old woman, only to find out it is really a 47 year old woman who is PRETENDING to be her 18-year-old daughter.  Sexy pictures, phone sex, and all. 

When we were married, Ed would sneak out of bed at night and lurk in AOL chatrooms.  All I could think about while I was watching 20/20 were the lies that the internet can promote.  The older man knew that what he was doing was wrong, and yet he couldn’t stop himself – he fully admitted that he was addicted to the girl.  The older woman who was deceiving both of them knew that she was doing something that could (and did) ruin people’s lives and she kept right on going.  Both of these selfish acts made me think of Ed, and when he would get caught in this kind of behavior, he would blame ME for it.  Thank God, those days are past!

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