Back in May I signed on to Facebook, only because after Googling an old friend and I found him on Facebook. Some people swear by Facebook, me not so much. A lot of friends and relatives did show up, and that was a good thing. But my ex-wife? Please! The one thing I’ve worked so hard to do, is to keep continents and oceans between us (i.e.; North Carolina to the Philippines). The Ex shows up on Facebook asking to be my friend. Like that’s gonna’ happen. Say what? I’d sooner stick my hand in a blender and hit the puree button (see how I cleaned that up for our readers).
Please understand, I wish her no harm, only distance. And Facebook is way too close for me. So now I must figure out how to disavow myself of said FaceBook account. Feel free to tell me how, wait I’m just kidding. Also what the heck is all this Farmville crap? And please, don’t feel you must explain it to me, as I really don’t wanna’ know. I just figured out how to make it go away.
Also, some old dude, (my age) tells me we were on my first ship together, it might be true as he remembers it. I can’t remember one tenth of the guys from my last ship let alone 45 years ago. But I got a nice e-mail from him, and the fog was lifted. But the truth be known, we were never really friends. But he seems like a great guy now, and BTW, I’m no prize.
I was having lunch at my friend’s restaurant and the guy at the next table, looked over and said “Hey you’re one of the guys that write for LiP.” We talked a while and I asked why I’d never seen a comment from him, no answer, just a shrug, a bit shy I presume. Yet, it seemed to have made his day, can you imagine if he had bumped in to Larry King? BTW: It was the mustache that gave me away. Because of the internet I’m finding that you can run but you cannot hide.
Years ago you could just drop off the radar, by just never signing up for a phone. Today they can find you hiding on a mountain in Bataan. Curse you Al Gore for inventing this diabolical internet, a pox on your house! Could that why Tipper divorced him?
Things I like about the internet are few and far between, I like being able to do my banking on line. Of course, then there’s “LiP” which brightens my day just by logging in. But the all time number one reason is downloading music, I just downloaded “Otis Redding – The Dock of The Bay” album. It’s old but timeless music. Longing for olden times, like when I was home on vacation in the Philippines from a ship, in 1996, I left my address and phone number with the company, and was enjoying my two months off. I flew back to San Francisco and went to the office to check in, finding, my name was red flagged, I had to go up to see the “Big Boss”, He asked where I’d been, I told him with a strange look on my face, “on vacation”. Did I know they had tried to reach me by phone? (Did they understand time zones or the word vacation?) “We sent a guy to your house and you were not home,” I asked, “Am I restricted to my house by the company?” “Well you should check in once in a while”, “I’ll call collect next time, are your phones manned 24/7 and do I get paid when I call?” “By the way if your people had reached me, the Union would require you to pay me 3 hours overtime for taking the call, as it was on my time off”. It was all was dropped, and I was sent forth, to sin no more! He never said what they wanted!
So here I sit, my cell phone dangling out the window connect to the World Wide Web, Globe, Smart, and Sun can’t connect me where I live, with their internet service, and yet the cell phone does. I checked with the 3 providers, and asked the reason why, since all their towers are sitting at the top of the mountain I live on. The companies explained that if I lived in the city I could “avail” of the service. Whereas I pointed out, that if I lived in the city I could have DSL or Broadband and would not need their service. When the hand moved to scratch their head, I knew I was doomed, for trying to using logic in my request. BTW: PLDT has never even tried to run a line within 12 miles of where I live. . The Internet also has the power to shock, and I’m not talking about those forbidden sites, I met a guy through LIP, from Pita Dinalupihan Bataan, now that’s about 20 minute drive from my place, I found this out through Google. While there I clicked on Images, and there was a picture of my house, and my dining room. They were pictures I took, and posted on LIP, How did this web site get them? Not that I care (that much) I was just shocked. BTW, pictures of his house were on the same site! Again, a pox on Al Gore! My area is the only place that was really affected by the Y2K bug. But I do have sporadic electricity, and for the last few months, running water. What more could I ask for? I’m not complaining, I choose to live here, and I like it just fine.