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    • Tom McMasters-Stone

    • July 14, 2017 in Columnists

    I miss Facebook

    Facebook version 1.0 was the recruitment period, when it spread like a wildfire in California. People were clamoring aboard like lemmings, and the site was in constant transition. People would just get comfortable, and there would be changes. There were false starts, some retreats, some revisions, some growing pains, of course.

    Then, Facebook hit its stride, and the changes were smooth, mostly popular, and we were having fun.

    Version 2.0 was the golden years for Facebook, methinks. It was all about life, and the members. Births, weddings, pets, family events.

    Starting during the onslaught of double-standards and racism that Obama faced, Facebook is now focused on politics, and the polarization of the country has never been greater. Trump leaves the nuclear option on the table, no criticism. They would have advocated lynching for Obama.

    The lies about Russia are more numerous than flies on dog excrement — which is a very apt comparison.

    Et cetera. Ad nauseum.

    I have been guilty myself, so I’m not pointing fingers, just making an assessment.

    I miss my friend Gary posting song links routinely, giving me shit about this or that, and taking crap about being from Vacaville and “loving” cats. This past week’s pictures from Boston were fabulous, and it seemed like old times. And the “discussions” we had about “classic” songs were priceless.

    It’s been months since I got a comment from my friend Norb about being the “hyphen-tatted” one, a reference to my tattoos and my hyphenated last name.

    Sports? My friend Matt was once the leading sports commentator of all my Facebook friends, particularly his love of the University of Spoiled Children’s Trojans. I don’t want to be too hard on Matt, though, nor anybody else either. Matt has done a fabulous job of educating us about some of the social ills that are the bane of a civilized society.

    Frankly, the “Like” button has made some of us lazy. Many of us still read everything, but we don’t respond — it’s too easy just to click Like, and move on. Maybe we need “I agree wholeheartedly!” and “You are full of shit!” buttons, instead. Hehe.

    Politics has taken over, and it started under Obama — we were sick and tired of the criticism, which began before he was even sworn into office, and continues unabated to this day. How dare we put a socialist-Muslim-Kenyan terrorist in the White House — one with a faked birth certificate!

    How dare he travel to Hawaii a couple times each year? Clearly, we know now that he should have just gone to Florida every weekend, because spending more in smaller increments is OK, obviously.

    We know now that he should have kept Michelle and the girls in another city, perhaps his hometown of Nairobi? Job security for the Secret Service, right?

    Sad, funny, and pathetic all at once.

    I digress.

    What can I do to help, to maybe bring back some of the old times? Well, I can try to post one song link a day, serious or otherwise. Charlene’s “Never Been To Me” and the Royal Guardsmen singing “Snoopy vs. The Red Baron” are always crowd favorites.

    My personal favorites might just be Lee Marvin singing “Wandrin’ Star” or Clint Eastwood’s rousing “I Talk To The Trees”.

    I can also regularly post pictures without comment simply for their comedic value. I loved the one yesterday, where the baby boy was giving advice about women: “If you yell loudly enough, tits will fly into your mouth!” Buahahahaha!

    As far as my writing, I can seek more balance, as well. My sense of humor can be brought to bear on these pages more often, and there is no shortage of humorous subjects available besides POTUS.

    Facebook is not a total political desert — I don’t want to imply that at all.

    My friend Jake still keeps us informed of all things Scottish. One of my Matt friends keeps us informed up his latest epicurean delights. And there are many others who dabble in the non-political, but the numbers are dwindling.

    If you agree with my assessment, consider setting some Facebook goals. A daily post goal? A funny picture, a favorite song. The book you’re reading, or maybe your favorite of all time. A song you love — or a song that drives you crazy. A post about Jayden K. Smith’s latest endeavor? A favorite recipe, or a funny label you see in Wal-Mart or Target.

    The latest news about your team(s), or a funny pic about the team you hate, which may very well be the Dallas Cowboys, right?

    Anyway… just a thought. I’ve already started doing my part, to have more fun, to make people laugh, to tag people in appropriately caustic posts.

    Of course, we cannot give up on Trump completely. The country deserves our very close attention, especially right now. That being said, we can seek more balance, and provide ourselves with some stress relief at the same time.

      • Norb Kumagai

      • July 14, 2017 at 6:15 pm
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      Oh Hyphen-Tatted One, I can’t believe I got second billing to The Loco Elected Official who hails from Vaca Valley and apparently is The President of The Woodland Community College Bored of Trustees!!! I Thought We Were Friends…

      Anyway, I Still <3 You!!! N.

      (p.s. I think The Sandy Man was the one who reported you to The FB Censors for your Naked selfties….)

      • Tom McMasters-Stone

      • July 15, 2017 at 3:22 am
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      That wasn’t really me in the shower!

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