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Facebook: A Site Full Of TMI

November 2, 2010

Wow, has it been three weeks since I last posted?  That escalated quickly.  I mean, that really got out of hand fast.  It jumped up a notch.  I wish I had some fun and exciting reason for you as to why I’ve been overwhelmingly absent from basically the entire internet lately, but I don’t.

For those who didn’t catch it, my last entry was simply a picture of a bun in an oven.  As I expected, all of the comments I received were those of a congratulatory nature. Wifey and I are very excited.  I mean, it’s not often that two people can realize their dream of opening a bakery.

Okay, of course I’m kidding.  We are indeed on our way to becoming parents.  I wasn’t kidding, however, when I said that Wifey and I are very excited.  Baby is due in April, so we’ve got quite a bit of time left to go, but already it’s changed our lives in such wonderful ways.  But before I get too far into baby talk, I want to lay some ground rules.

I do solemnly swear to abide by the following rules regarding the blog and the baby:

I: I will not over-share about any baby-related information.
–That crap makes me gag.  Attention all expecting mothers: I don’t want to know that you don’t fit into your bra anymore, nor do I care that you have bad gas.  Keep it to yourself.

II. I will only share pertinent information regarding my Wife and our pregnancy.
–Basically, this means that I probably won’t mention much since the people who actually care are family, and I am mostly in the habit of talking to them in person about this kind of stuff.

III. I will not overwhelm my entries with baby-related talk.
–This kind of goes hand in hand with the second rule, but again, I know you don’t want to read about it, and therefore, you will be spared.  Sure, I’m super ecstatic about becoming a Dad this spring, but there are things you share, and there are things you keep within your circle of family and close friends.

IV.  Facebook will not serve as my medium to tell everyone I know about everything that is going on.
–Matter of fact, Wifey and I are choosing not to put the news on the ‘Book.  (At least for now, that is subject to change).  There are just way too many people on Facebook, and unlike here, I/we are identifiable.  Here, I am just another web address with words on a screen.  There are no pictures, no phone numbers, no email addresses, etc.  It’s just how we feel.

V. I would be more than happy to answer most baby-related questions if I am prompted to do so.
–Just remember that we are, for the most part, a fairly private couple.  However, if anyone were to request an update on how things are going, or anything like that, feel free to ask.

So, to preemptively answer a few of the more frequently asked questions … No, we don’t know the sex of the baby yet.  Yes, we do plan on finding out.  Yes, we will share that information when it becomes available.  No, we don’t care what sex the baby is.  Yes, we have names in mind for either sex.  No, we will not be sharing those names (until baby is born of course).  Yes, we have seen the baby on a monitor during a couple of  routine check-ups.  Yes, I got tears in my eyes when I saw him/her.

That should cover most of the basics.

Onto other things.  Of the aforementioned rules, number four strikes close to mine and Wifey’s hearts.  Facebook has gotten way out of control over the past couple of years in the sense that so many people are knowingly sacrificing their own privacy, just to tell everyone what they are thinking 24 hours a day.

To me, it’s annoying.  The way I see it, when it comes to Facebook, 95% of peoples’ status updates fall into one of four categories:

1) No one cares.
2) Too much information (TMI).
3) Annoying cut-and-paste chain statuses.
4) Desperate cries for attention.

The remaining 5% can actually be considered useful, harmless, and/or funny.  For the most part, though, it’s a giant crap fest.  For example, log into Facebook on any Friday.  I’ll bet you $100 that if you scroll through the recent updates, you will see at least five people exclaiming their love for Friday and/or the weekend. Look people, we get it.  Fridays are nice, and weekends are fun.  We don’t need to be reminded of it every seven days.

Same goes for Mondays.  I bet you could count a dozen updates from people complaining about how much they dislike Mondays.  Again, this is not news to anyone, and you have not discovered a new phenomenon.  We get it, you don’t like going back to work.

Due to the nature of Facebook’s status updates, most people are losing (or have lost) their ability to filter.  People are forgetting that there are some things that just don’t need to be said, and some things that other people don’t give a crap about.  I’ll give you an example.  This is an actual status from someone on my friend list.  I covered up the picture and the name to be polite to the actual person who wrote it.  Also, I’m sorry for the blurriness.  The bigger I made it, the harder it was to work with.  (That’s what she said).


For those unable to read it, it says: sigh… life changing decisions are tough… do i make enough money that i can pay off all my debt in a year or two have no life and be in a place that i hate… or do i go home move in with my best friend make good but not great money take my time paying off debt and having tons of friend time meeting new people and possibly finding someone that i can love again…

No.  One.  Cares. 

Seriously people.  Think before you post.  That post isn’t even the tip of the iceberg.  If we’re speaking metaphorically, that post is a single-celled organism contained in a fleck of dust, resting gently atop the tip of the iceberg.  And the iceberg is big enough to take down the Titanic without flinching.

One love,

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Busy Bee

May 27, 2009

For the past week, and for the next ten days or so, work has been and will be a bit more hectic than usual.  I’ll be going in early here and there, sitting in on meetings, taking conference calls, and taking on extra work.  We’re getting ready for our yearly audit, which basically consists of a specialist coming in and observing our operation for a few days in addition to him going through our paperwork with a fine-toothed comb.  Basically, we’re just working at getting all of our ducks in a row because this annual audit affects several aspects of our jobs.

What this means for us (as in you and I): Not only am I borderline overwhelmed with work, and not only is my schedule going to be slightly sporadic for a while, but I’m having a tough time conducting a thought long enough to convince anyone else that I am indeed a functioning member of society.

So, please be patient with me.  I will write when I have time.  I’ve got a few things in mind, just gotta find a chunk of time to get them out.  As for now, I spent the ten minutes I had to spare today writing this.  Now I’m off to work early for a meeting.

I just didn’t want anyone to think I was slacking.  I still love all seven of the people that read this, so for now, bare with me and you’ll get your fix soon enough.

One love,

10

Good Morning, Angels

March 16, 2009

Yes, I am Charlie, and you are all my Angels.  I have a job for you, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves.  First, I have to get this out of the way …

Okay, so I know I’ve been sucky at blogging lately, but I’ve been busy so LAY OFF.

Whew, sorry I blew up there.  I’m heading to the airport in about an hour and I should be in Orlando this evening for my last week of training.  Since I’m going alone and I know exactly zero people in Florida, I should have plenty of time to hit you all with a few thoughts I’ve had tumbling around in my head as well as the first of many, many March Madness posts.

I have a three hour layover in Minneapolis, so I’m sure I’ll get lost looking for the food court or something mundane like that, so I imagine at least one decent story coming from today’s travels.

Back to your assignment.  I’ll be spending a lot of time in airports and in the air over the next week, and I have not one book to read.  Eric bought me a book for Christmas, but I finished it already.  So here’s my question to you.  If I wander into the book store in the Minneapolis airport looking for a book to buy, what should it be?  (Note, please don’t say any of the Harry Potter books, and if you say one of the Twilight books, I will slap you so hard your ears will bleed gravy).

I’m not gonna get sucked into a series of books, I just want one good read while I spend roughly 12 hours with my thumb in my ass over the next week.  I’ll be checking back for comments throughout the day, so I want something good.  Make me proud, because I can only read this month’s Golf Digest so many times.  Help.

One love,

10

It Could Be A Long Three Weeks

July 3, 2008

Fair warning to all my faithful readers, (yeah, all 12 of you), beginning this afternoon, I will be taking up residence in my new apartment and even though I signed up for cable and internet service over a week ago, the installers won’t be over to hook me up until the 23rd of the month.  It’s like I just got sent back to the Stone Age.

So that not only means that I will be spending the next three weeks completely in the dark about everything that is going on in the world, but I will also be afforded very few opportunities to write.  I’ll try, whenever possible, to mooch internet access off other people in my building, but if that doesn’t work, it could be a long three weeks.

I don’t know how much writing I could get done in other places, mostly because I need to feel really comfortable when I am writing and I rarely feel comfortable when I am on a computer in public.  For example, I could go to one of the handful of computer labs on campus, but I always feel like other people are watching what I do and reading what I write when I am on public computers, so that might not work so well.

Eric, if you’re reading this, I might stop by your place a few times and cuddle up in your bed with your laptop to pound out a couple of posts.

Well, sorry to cut this short, but there is just so much I have to get done today before I go back to work.  I hope you all have a wonderfully fun and safe 4th of July weekend.  I will be spending mine in town, by myself, unpacking and putting together my apartment, so even if I did have the internet, I wouldn’t have shit to write about from this weekend anyway.

Here’s hoping that one of my new neighbors has left his/her wireless internet unprotected so I can mooch off it for the next few weeks. Cross your fingers!

One love,

10

Back From Hiatus … Briefly

March 25, 2008

Good morning everyone.  Sorry about that little hiatus I was on, but between putting in my last couple shifts at my old job and March Madness, my weekend was pretty busy.  I start my new job this morning, so I don’t have time to write much now, but I just wanted to get back on here because I was itching to post something.  I should be done by 5:00 or so this afternoon, after which I will definitely be writing  plenty about my weekend.  JK came up to visit and share in the magic that is the first two rounds of the NCAA tourney, so you had better believe fun was had.

I hope everyone had a good Easter, those who celebrate it anyway.  For now, I need to get going.  Don’t worry though, I’ll be back before you even know it.  I’m itching to write something, so check back this evening.

One love,

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