The song I'm referring to in the title:
This song beat out all the glam rock boys-looking-like-girls crap of that particular year. Yes, really.
I've been on Facebook for a while now. Originally I didn't use it at all, however it's one of those things that grows on you. I'm not saying it's a super-cool-awesome thing, but it does serve its intended purpose - to connect with people.
Probably the most interesting contacts I have are people I haven't seen in 20+ years, as in those from my grammar school days. They add me for what I call the collector reason. Something like, "Hey, here's another person from my grammar school days I haven't seen in forever. Added!" They add me not to communicate with me but rather just to put into their contact list as if they were collecting baseball cards to complete a set. I don't have a problem with this.
I also realize some do know of my existence on Facebook that knew me two decades ago but never bother adding me. The moment they see my name and/or my mug the reaction is probably something like, "Eww! That guy? Screw 'im." Hey, whatever floats your boat. I don't have a problem with that either because a lot of people tend to be very judgmental pieces of crap like that. It's just the way the world works.
MySpace never worked like Facebook does due to the fact Facebook forces the use of real names. This is in fact a good thing and the primary reason those that knew me from eons ago add me into their contact lists in the first place.
It also helps that people on Facebook tend to be a whole lot more honest with their personal information whereas on MySpace you never truly had any idea. This "forced honesty" of sorts Facebook does was something the internet needed.
From the old-old contacts I have, most of them turned out pretty good. Either that or they're really good at Photoshop. It's cool to know the ones that added me are still amongst the living. It's interesting to know many of them chose to stay where they grew up, but I guess this shouldn't surprise me because New Englanders by nature rarely migrate anywhere.
If I were to organize a reunion..
I will never be called on to do this because I was a dork back then, I'm a dork now and always will be.
However, this dork does live in Florida. I could put together the most awesome reunion. Two words: Busch Gardens. I can get all the discounts be it for for single, family or group. I literally live less 5 miles from it and have access to it all. So instead of the usual awkward "let's all meet up in the gym at the old school" crapola, I can get something together where everybody would have a blast, and on top of that it would be okay for those with kids to bring them.
We're talking a full day of stuff here. Fly into TPA (an awesome airport by the way), ride roller coasters in the daytime, night activities (which the park does have) in the nighttime. Everybody's happy. Really happy.
Now that's a reunion worth attending. And if it were planned in the off season, I could probably get everybody all set up and down here at less than $200 per person.
If I were called on to pull off such a feat, I could easily do it. Too bad it'll never happen. Oh, well.
Mid-30s lifestyle stew
The melting pot of lifestyles from these now-thirty-somethings of which I'm a part of will make you sit back and take notice because of how different people turned out. You've got those that are married, remarried, never married, no kids, kids, a lot of kids, lives alone, lives with partner, lives in a house, lives in an apartment, lives with parents (yes there are a few), etc. It goes all over the place.
For the ones living with parents from where I come from, I don't make fun of them because that small set of towns has a way of breaking people where you're involuntarily forced into living that way. And even though I live on my own, I personally believe anybody who makes fun of another who lives with their parents is a piece of crap.
Some of them also have criminal records now. Mainly for crap they did back in their early 20s which was forever ago. This counts for both the boys and the the girls by the way. People make mistakes and/or were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I don't have a criminal record, but for those that do from stuff in their 20s, whatever. It's not like they killed anybody. And no, I'm not conducting research on those I knew to see who has and hasn't a record like that, but what can I say, news travels through the grapevine and sometimes I get wind of it.
Middle age approcheth
Right now we're safely smack dab in our mid-30s, but in a little over 5 years, all of us will be 40. And that's truly not that far away.
We all know middle age is coming and fast. As such there's not a single peer I know of that isn't planning for it now, myself included. We're all in hardcore-mode to get our finances and health in check well before that time so we don't end up like our previous generations did.
I have faith my peers will come out on top before the big 4-0 hits. They all have it within themselves to do so. Remember that "Apply yourself" shtick? We all know what that means now.
Over the course of my life thus far I've encountered some pretty dumb laws.
In Connecticut where I grew up there are these ancient obsolete laws called Blue Laws that are still regularly enforced. The one most recognized there is that no alcohol is permitted to be sold on Sunday. I'm not a drinking man, but that's just stupid. In addition to that, it was difficult to find any convenience store that sold alcohol. I think this has changed by now, but for many years the only place you could get alcohol was at supermarkets or liquor stores.
In Florida one of the dumbest laws is the fact that public buildings must have doors that only open outward. This is supposedly safer in the event of a fire. And it's totally true, most public buildings do not have inward-swinging doors because of this law. You'll see exceptions for automated doors, but for manual pulled ones, they do only swing outward - malls and stadiums included. However it begs the question: In the event of a fire, whom other than firefighters would be rushing into the building that would push the door open inward?
Something I've never competed for is to see if I can have more online friends than anybody else. I started seeing this way back with AIM buddy lists. Some would brag that they had 50+ contacts, but only regularly chatted with 5 (or less) of them. Then I saw it with MySpace where people would have thousands of "friends" but once again barely communicated with any of those people. And now with Twitter and Facebook, people are doing the same thing. Different year, different social platform, same b.s.
My standard practice on Twitter is that I only follow those I legitimately give a crap about. For those that follow me, if I have no clue who they are, I don't bother following back. And if from whom I'm following they post crap I don't like and/or tick me off, they get the can. If they really tick me off, I block them.
On Facebook I purposely don't "connect with" many people because it's much more private compared to Twitter. In fact upon recent inspection I was surprised my connect list was as high as it was (for me). Recently I've had to thin the list slightly because of people that post nothing but business b.s. about SEO and marketing and whatever-the-frig. These people post absolutely nothing personal and are always trying to sell something. Or worse yet, they're posting business/marketing crapola in an attempt to be social because they simply don't know any better. That's just plain sad, and if you're one of those types that was on my list, um.. yeah, you got the axe today.
I've always been somewhat of a xenophobe when it comes to social media. I describe myself as "somewhat" of one because I don't fear/dislike those different than me, but for those I have absolutely nothing in common with, I don't include them in my friend/buddy/whatever lists. Everybody does this to some degree.
Some people mistakenly label me as a sociopath. To that I respond with a question: Would a sociopath have a public blog with his full real name and contact information plastered all over it? I'll answer that for you. No, he wouldn't. As a matter of fact I'm more open than most bloggers because I actually list my IM and email address publicly.
If you said, "I don't list my email address in public on my blog because I don't want to be spammed", give me a break. Most of you have craptastic Gmail accounts - to which you brag that the spam filters are wonderful. If you're that confident in the email service, then you should have no issue listing it in public. Not doing so just proves you don't have faith in the service.
If you responded to that with, "Well.. okay, fair enough, but I don't list my email in public because I don't want certain people knowing my email address", then you're even more of a xenophobe than I am. GOTCHA! 🙂
In all seriousness, people generally speaking are pretty frickin' picky when it comes to who is on their social lists.
Another reason I don't fill up my social media stuff with a bunch of people is because I've detected a pattern. The pattern is this: For any social service you use, you will have to re-add every single person you know every three years when a newer, "cooler" one is introduced to the internet.
If you think about it in that way it's absolutely 100% correct. You put a bunch of effort into a social platform, add in all the people you know and then -blam-, another one comes along. Then you have to do the same crapola over again. Three years after that, -blam-, in comes another one.
This is why I put hardly any effort into existing social media now. If it's the case where it's going to change every 3 years to something else.. screw it.
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