My weekly recap: Meanderings, Learning Curves, and Whatnots

Whatnots ruled my week. Got caught up on all sorts of things. And fell further behind on others. Ahhh, whaddaya, whaddaya.

Today is an odd 5th Monday so that means…

5th Monday: Whatever the Hell’s On My Mind!

About four months ago, I joined Facebook after being a long-standing holdout. But then hell finally froze over (or more accurately, the Writer’s Digest Conference people kicked my ass over the edge), and I took the plunge. Now I have to be honest, I haven’t started a Writer’s Page yet. Like I said, whaddaya, whaddaya.

The point is—Am I happy that I joined FB?

I have loved getting back in touch with my old friends from Maupin, Oregon, the town I grew up in. There were 410 people when I left at the ripe old age of 19 over 30 years ago. After I’d been on FB a few weeks, my brother Mark asked, “Did everyone from Maupin friend you?”

Another plus? I am getting to know my cyber friends through their postings. They are a mixture of smart, funny, uber talented, thoughtful, and thought-provoking people. And one’s just plain cranky.

The musicians who have graced my life for decades now pop by my FB page to say “hey” or “:)” or press “like” on pictures of my home studio, etc. And I peek in on them and ooh and ahh over their new grandkid as well as their new guitar!

I have unfriended one person. They had posted twice on my wall; once to chastise me and once to correct me. I’m not mad at them, I’m just not on FB to have anything but a good time. I agree with the message someone sent me when I first joined: “Don’t worry. FB is like 5th grade. None of it matters!”

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So, here’s what I did for kicks. I lined up every picture I’ve posted after taking out all the family, friends, and work related photos. I wanted to see if I could learn something about myself. What makes me tick besides family, friends, and work?

Well, there’s women I admire…

It seems I like a challenge…

No surprise here. Cats…

Though I did veer off into a dog and pony show…

My Martin Luther King, Jr. Day posting…

A philosophy…

My dream vending machine…

My beautiful Oregon…

A Cherry Festival poster from The Dalles, Oregon (a 40-mile stone’s throw from Maupin)…

I showed my age…

Showed my deep love for the musical icons of my youth…

And of course the one, the only…

So what did I learn from this FB experiment? From stripping away the driving forces in my life—family, friends, and work (which is music & writing).

First and foremost? I LOVE to laugh.

I also love cats, miss Oregon’s rugged beauty, can’t help but notice that I keep my political leanings to myself (on FB, I’m sensitive to the fact that I have friends & family on both sides of the fence), and I likes me some Beatles. And Neil Young.

Not so bad.

If you’re on FB, let me know if you try this. I’d love to find out what you learned about yourself!