Friday, March 15, 2013

Why I Left Facebook.

I stopped logging into Facebook just about a month ago, and last week, had to finally deactivate.

Facebook became a chore.

It was no longer fun to log in and see what my friends and family were posting.  It had become a hotbed for idiotic political posts.

At first I had tried filters just to change what people posted, then hiding posts.  Then, just trying to let people know that what they were posting just wasn't true.  It became an exercise in futility.  I was getting angry with people that I spoke very little to in real life.

I really want to like people that I don't associate with all the time, and their Facebook updates was making it impossible.  Facebook had been turned into FOX News but turned up to eleven.  (Sorry Kell). Kind of like how myspace had become some kind of glittery ghetto of Mtv.

Then, the story I read about Facebook making Billions (with a "B") and not having to pay any State or Federal taxes, and even getting refunds up to 500 Million (with a "M").  That was the last straw.  I was infuriated.  So many of us that use their site on a daily, hourly even minute by minute business struggle to pay bills and taxes, and they're beating the system.

So, I decided to quit facebook.  I stopped the same day that I quit cable and decided to quit biting my nails.

I thought that I would deactivate it.  I quickly learned how much of my life across the internet was directly attached to facebook.com.  So, I did the next best thing, and dumped every single thing that I had "liked" that was a business.  Save for a few that were friends' bands or businesses.

But then I realized that people were still commenting on things, messaging me or trying to add me as a friend.
I didn't want to appear rude by not responding, so I decided to just deactivate my account and deal with finding new ways to log in across the web.

I haven't missed it at all.  I keep up with people I need to through texts, email, instagram, tumblr and twitter.

I feel like I have more control over my digital life, as I don't feel as much as a jerk for not adding people I have no clue as to who they are.

I don't think I'll ever be able to fully delete my facebook account, much like I've never been able to delete my myspace account.  Its got history on there, that I'll always be able to look back on.






Thursday, March 7, 2013

Need to Get Out of Here

Been daydreaming a lot lately of spring time.  The winter hasn't even been that bad.  I don't know what it is.  I do know that I'm very ready for Kayaking and Camping, some daytime patio drinking as well.

I'm really really wanting to go to the French Quarter and eat & drink my way through.  I love walking around down there during the day time when the weather is nice.  190 Octanes and a great restaurant on every corner.

I've also been thinking about traveling over to the delta for the same purposes.  Eating and drinking.  I really like the concept of just walking around with a drink in hand, with multiple choices for bars and restaurants to pop in and out of.  It gets me all sorts of excited.

Its like when I go on vacation, I couldn't care less about buying a bunch of stuff, but get really happy at the thought of dinners and cold beers and other alcoholic beverages.

I think if the weather is nice this weekend, it may be fun to pull the furniture off my front porch into the yard, sit with a cooler and a book, just enjoy it.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Why 2013 May be a Banner Year

So far with 2013, I'm pretty happy with the way its turning out.  I'm doing things I've never done, and accomplishing tasks that I thought were impossible.

1. Cut cable.  This has been a much easier transition than I ever would have thought.  Currently I'm not missing it at all.  Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, and local channels are making it quite easy.

2. Built my own gaming PC.  Something I figured I could do, but never tried.  So far, I'm loving it as both a gaming pc and media center.

3. Quit biting my nails.  This has been harder than quitting smoking, believe it or not.  But I'm making a damn hard effort not to start again.  The hardest times are during movies and car rides.

4. Leaving Facebook.  I got really tired of logging on and seeing dumb ass political post after dumb ass political post.  It was stressing me out just a little.  And I should never let something as dumb as a website get to me.  Then there's the whole tax thing, and the lack of them having to pay.  I haven't been able to quit Facebook completely, due to so many pages across the web having their log ins tied back to my Facebook profile.  But I haven't posted or viewed the timelines in over a week.  I did take off all likes, and disable everything I could.

5. Repaired an HDTV.  This one turned out to be much simpler than I ever thought.  We had one go bad.  I looked into what could be wrong, bought the parts online (spent about 6 dollars), and fixed it.  Saved myself about $200 in repairs.

6. Started recycling.  Another one of those things that's actually been much easier than I would have thought. I called the Florence City Recycling Center and inquired about their recycle bins, and the cost.  They said no cost, and even delivered to the house.  All I have to do is take it to the curb on Thursdays.

Now, I have some upcoming things that I want to do to continue to make 2013 an engaging year.

1. Catch up on my reading.  I need to finish/start the following:
    A. The Pearl Jam book Kell bought for me.
    B. Into the Wild.
    C. The other Bourdain books I haven't gotten to.
    D. The Nikki Sixx book our friends got us and the other one he lent to us.

2. I want to paint the shutters.  I hate the green they are, and I think I gray would look pretty awesome against the faded yellow of our house.

3. Maybe build a headboard for our bed out of old doors.  One of those things I don't know how to go about doing, but I'm sure I'll figure out.

4. Get back to riding my bicycle.  I really did enjoy that in the mornings and afternoons to/from work.  Too bad I bent the rim, flattened the tire and broke one of the pedals on my last ride.

5. Lose weight should be in there somewhere, but I haven't quite figured that one out yet.