A few people have sent me messages asking why I’m not on Facebook any longer. I haven’t closed my Facebook account. I just think it is a real waste of time.
Recently, I deleted over 2000 “Friends” hoping to learn what my real face to face known friends are doing. That seemed to work for a very short time. Then, I discovered I wasn’t seeing posts from those friends.
I counted, today, the first 100 posts on my Facebook account. Of those I knew 32 of the people who’d posted something about their lives. The remaining 68 posts were ads.
A lot of folks love Facebook. There was a time that I, too, enjoyed Facebook. Not any longer.
I signed up for Facebook while in Hawaii. My wife and I were there for a race and vacation. The race wasn’t a triathlon; it was only a run on the Big Island. My wife had a Facebook account and was in touch with our children. It looked like fun so I signed up for an account.
Over the years I collected a lot of social media friends and got in touch with hundreds of old friends I hadn’t seen in years. A one point I had over 2600 ‘social media’ friends. Then, Facebook turned dark.
By turning dark I mean it became a conduit for all manner of falsehoods, bashing, and outright hateful posts. Additionally, it felt like I was digging through crap just to find my actual friends.
This was frustrating so I dropped bout 2200 ‘social media’ friends hoping I see stuff from actual friends. It didn’t pan out the way I’d hoped.
It seems there are a lot of junk type postings on Facebook. Today, I counted the first 63 posts on my feed. Of those 31.7% were from actual friends (20 posts), 30.2% were click bait (19), and 38.1% were advertisements (24). In other words, 68.25% of the posts I passed on Facebook were marketing and sales items.
I’d drop off entirely if there were a better way to stay in touch with information specific to archery that comes from local groups.
A good friend of mine asked me to send to Facebook links to this site after I write something new. You know, if you read this site you can keep up by subscribing. As for Facebook, well I’ve not been looking at it too often.
Facebook is a commercial mess. I don’t watch network television because of the commercials. I did an experiment associate with how deeply Facebook watches me and have rarely been back.
Out of curiosity I wanted to know how fast Facebook gears the input of commercials to my page. I searched something remote; aquariums to see if ads for aquariums would begin to pop up when I looked at Facebook. It took about ninety minutes. It may have been faster, I came back to Facebook about an hour and a half after I searched aquariums on the Internet. Sure enough I was hit with ads for aquariums.
The ratio I counted for ads versus information about friends was 4:1 when I counted today. Yes, there were still ads promoting aquariums.
Once, I enjoyed Facebook. I connected with friends who are distance or from the past. Since I’ve reducing looking at Facebook friends have called my phone or sent old fashion emails. I am okay with that.
A good many of my friends are really smart. I stay in tough with a great deal of them on social media. Some of them so smart they are amazing. They’ve got all sorts of advanced degrees. Many are scientists, engineers, and physicians. Several have multiple degrees like a PhD combined with an MD. You could say these folks are smart. What I can’t tell you is that they all have a functional sense of humor.
One of my wizard friends posted a link on Facebook that once clicked took the reader to a site where some other genius had published a paper about pseudoscience and Covid-19. I read it and had a laugh to myself.
In my head I’d come up with a sarcastic remark. I decided to reply using the remark. Then, I thought better of it realizing that someone might take it as serious science. So, I wrote a weakened response such that I figured everyone who might see it would recognize it was a joke. Here’s what I posted:
“Absolutely! The scientists know that the sure fire remedy for this virus is simple: 1) Grab your Huff’n’puff radiant wand, 2) wave it above your head 3) tap the heels of you feet together while canting 4) “The Hills are Alive” “The Hills are Alive” “With the Sound of Music” I’m pretty certain I read that in ‘Science’ this week.”
A few seconds after I posted it I deleted it. I know, without doubt, some people would find it offensive, some might give it a try, many would be puzzled, and a few would have a laugh. I estimated the laugh group would be the smallest subset of readers.
In archery there is a lot of standing around waiting to shoot. During those periods folks talk about this that and the other. Some people complain about their current performance, a few brag about past glories, and others compare gear. At one tournament where I was shooting next to a former world champion his impassioned topic was fishing. He knew I lived on the Little River near the Albemarle Sound and wanted to hear about what I was catching. Occasionally the topics of religion and politics flair as do passions brought on by either subject.
Most of the time I try to keep my mouth shut if religion or politics are the subject of debate. Success is rare. Too often I’ll chime in with some outlandish statement, disregarding my true personal view, just to see what happens.
The topics of religion and politics aren’t limited to archery ranges. Recently, nowhere near archery, I was in earshot of a verbal examination about religion and politics. The venue was a gym. A group of five iron pumping middle-aged men were in a red-faced conversation when I drifted close enough to hear.
Listening, I gathered the five some lacked real scholarship. Their dialogue held an abundance of single syllable words peppered with profanity. Volume rather than logic was employed to settle a point. Those combinations were a warning for me to stay quiet. Temptation was great to toss in an opinion, which hopefully would offend or puzzle the entire group.
Their deliberation had rolled to Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg, two Democratic presidential wannabees (Now down by one). All five seemed in agreement that neither candidate would be their choice. Hearing their pronouncements regarding forthcoming bread lines I saw an entry point to enflame their passions.
Before I could insert my one liner into the banter this is what I heard, “ If God had wanted America to have a Jewish President, Jesus would have been Jewish!”
I made no additions to the colloquy. I know when I’m beaten.
It has been raining a lot here in north Georgia. When it rains I’ll typically drive to Social Circle and practice on the indoor range at Ace Hardware. If there’s no rain and the temperature is above freezing I’ll stay home and shoot on my range.
Two days ago there was a nice break, several hours, from the rain. This saved me a drive into Social Circle. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy practicing at the Ace in Social Circle. I enjoy visiting the folks that work at the archery pro shop at Ace. I also enjoy simply walking out back to practice.
Practice at home often includes spectators. Two days ago they were the girls from next door. It is fun when they come over to watch.
The practice is prep for the USA Archery National Indoor Championships. Today I read the local (regional) awards are not being presented after the events. Rather, everyone must wait for the finish of all sections, the results submitted to USA Archery , results verified, and USA Archery will mail awards.
Personally, I like getting a cheap medal for finishing in the top 3. That trinket is the period on a sentence. Waiting months to find final results is less enjoyable. If I’d known they were going to switch this up (learned about it the day before the event) I’d have skipped the indoor nationals and would have headed to Alabama to shoot the ASA tournament being held there.
Here’s the update regarding awards:
National awards will be mailed from the USA Archery national office after final results from all locations are verified and combined. No location medals will be awarded.”
The thought of spending two days competing after a whole lot of preparation knowing the results will be months away isn’t inspirational.
To add insult to injury the update includes information regarding parking. For the first time athletes, in my experience, who have paid to compete must pay a fee to park or take a hike.
From today’s event information (one day before the event):
SSA has paid and unpaid options for parking. There is a $5 fee to park on site in the paved lot. There is additional free parking in the gravel lot across the street at the church. SSA also has additional free parking across McGinnis Ferry Rd. There is a trail from that lot to SSA. Do not try to cross McGinnis Ferry Rd directly. The City of Suwanee Police will ticket for jay walking! Please use the trail to cross safely!”
Honestly, I cannot recall every event where I’ve competed. I can recall the last 140 or so events. Those events covered triathlons, runs, cycling and archery. They ranged from local to international. This USA Archery event is the only one where an athlete, having paid to compete, now must pay $5.00 to park near the venue. ($10.00 over the two days on top of the $80.00 entry fee)
For comparison, I parked downtown Athens a few nights ago. I was parked in a parking garage. I was there for several hours. I’d expected to pay. It cost me $2.00. To park and shoot at the upcoming archery tournament the cost, excluding food, gas, lodging (for some) is now $90.00. Parking is 11.1% of that fee! Of course off site parking is free. Families with kids shooting that might find the extra money harsh will end up the most disadvantaged.
Sure there may be other instances where athletes might need to pay to park once they arrive at the competition. I’m saying have not experienced the requirement to pay a parking fee at over 140 events beginning in 2006 where I was a competitor.
You might not consider this a big deal. I do, it is wrong. The athletes are what fuel the sport. The fees we already pay are enough. Last year, there was no parking fee at the same venue. This year someone decided to stick it to athletes to gain a few extra dollars. Oh, there is free parking available – nearby. For free parking athletes and their families are going to need to walk a way with all their gear. I’m not opposed to a hike. Heck, I ran for nearly an hour this morning. It is the principle.
If there is a specific need for revenue ask for help. Athletes will frequently do things outside of training or competing to support their sport. But, grabbing a bit of last minute cash by adding a new parking fee is low.
I’m reminded of an archer that didn’t compete. I watched him a lot and never once did he miss the X on a vertical 3-spot. I asked if he competed. He said, “Only local events.” He added, “I’m not going to travel and pay to compete at a bigger ones – they’re a rip off.”
Sometimes, it is just more fun to practice in front of the girls.
On Facebook there is a lady, among many, that is a personal coach. Her phenotype is the stereotype of a personal coach. In her publicity photo posted to recruit clients she is in a gym, expressing a seductive come hither poise, wearing Lycia camo tights and top. My questions are: 1) Why does she feel it is necessary to wear camo apparel in a gymnasium and 2) if she is camouflaged is she trying to hide?
You don’t need camo in the gym. If you are trying to hide camo in the gym is not a good choice.
I wear boots. They help protect my feet when I’m working on my property. I wear them year round in pretty much all situations that require footwear.
When I was an executive I wore boots. Those boots were exclusively Lucchese boots made in El Paso, Texas. These were my ‘fancy’ boots and I didn’t wear them for working on property. There are Lucchese boots I do wear for outdoor working but I reserved two pair for use with fancy clothes. (One brown and one black)
I also wear caps and hats. A good cover on my head helps keep me warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Caps and hats keep the sun out of my eyes. A baseball style hat will last about a year before it begins to disintegrate. At Christmas I can count on my daughters to resupply me.
Decades ago a friend of mine visited and his hat was showing bare and torn sections on the bill of the cap. I pointed out, “Looks like you need a new hat.” He then replied, “I just bought this.” Wait a minute, what? I asked, “You bought a used hat?” He said, “No, it came new like this.” All I could do was wonder.
My friend had bought a hat that had been roughed up to give the appearance of having been worn during supposedly rugged conditions. Now, I’d seen people wearing jeans that had been roughed-up or broken-in prior to purchase because somehow that had become fashionable. But, a roughed-up hat?
I don’t buy jeans that come worn out. I’ll ruin them on my on – I don’t need help. I’ll also ruin caps, hats, boots, socks, shirts and all other types of apparel aside from suits and dress up jackets. The suits and dress up jackets are reserved for weddings, funerals, and church. As such, those last long time. My wife has suggested those suits and jackets are “Out of style” and I should get new dress-up apparel.
I don’t mind being out of style. No one is going to look at me during a wedding. If people are looking at me during a funeral it will mostly likely be because I’m the one that is dead. At that point I won’t care about my suit. If folks are judging my suits or jackets at church then I’d rather they spent their judging moments with their noses reading over what Jesus said concerning judgment of others.
Now, you may think I am judging when it comes to others spending their money to buy worn out clothing. You may be right – pray for me. I admit right away I see no value in purchasing clothes that are half way to the recycle bin.
On Facebook, I was hit with an advertisement for “fashion boots.” These are boots that look like they’re soon for the trash bin. Let me add here I do not like Facebook. There was a time when it allowed me to stay loosely in touch with friends. Today, it is too hard to find what my friends are up to because of all the ads, political half-truths or down right lies filling up the FaceBook space. But, when I saw an ad promoting the purchase of worn out boots I thought –how stupid is this?
(Oh, I periodically polish my boots so they will last longer)
We’ve been on vacation. It was fun. I could write a lot more about how much fun we had but what’s the point. It was our vacation not yours. Writing about our vacation hoping others will read about it and enjoy our experience is like force telling someone about the dream you had last night.
We have some cool vacation pictures and I might share a few of them – although that remains to be seen. What I will write about is a missed opportunity.
I don’t know what exactly was the opportunity. I do know I missed the call. I hate to admit it, but when America called I wasn’t home:
Yes, I know this was a robo call. Robo calls have led me to keeping my phone in the ‘Off’ position 90% of the time. I wish the missed call from the United States had been notification that Congress had found a solution to end the public nuisance of robo calls. Or just have the FCC police the robo callers using public nuisance statutes to prohibit the nuisance.