It hasn’t been more than just a few days since I decided it was time to restart a Facebook page. You see, since my last account (there have been a few) was frozen by the Facebook Gestapo years ago, I haven’t had a page of my own for quite some time and have simply been using the one that my wife Connie has been using to keep in touch with family and friends.
When I created my new FB account I thought that since I’m retired, it would be nice to reconnect with some of my old work place and military associates that I have known over the years. So far it’s been nice to do just that, but now I see this new (at least to me) thing on Facebook about joining “Groups”…. ‘Groups’, I think to myself,…. Hell, isn’t that what I’m already doing by “Friending” people – am I not basically creating “My Own” group??…….. Well,…. Apparently not…
According to FB and many of the people who belong to “Groups”, joining a group allows you to interact and communicate with others (hell, who even knows if they’re real?) who have the same interests as you. Sounds good?? Well, not so much for me. I think I lasted a whole six hours on the one group that “approved” me to join.
First off, once I answered the questions and was approved to join this group (a Diesel Submarine Sailor Group), I immediately started getting these personal friend requests from people I’ve never heard of before. Everybody and their uncle wanted to be my friend! Kinda made me feel somewhat “special” at first – that was, until I made my first introductory post – that’s when the shit started hittin’ the fan!
On my post, I attached a link to my personal Submarine Website – one that I created and fund on my own. My avatar for that site just so happens to be a photo of the old (1956-2002) Georgia State Flag.. Like the one attached below..
It wasn’t long before I was told to “Loose” the flag, at which my reply was that it was on one of my “Personal” websites. Then I was accused of being a member of the “KKK”…. And then called a “Looser” because the South lost the war and we are all looser’s.
Well, at that point I decided that apparently belonging to any FB group is pretty much a waste of my time and energy so I just “left” the group. I have too many other things to do with my life than argue with idiots anyway….
All I can say is that the one or two people in that group who felt it necessary to ride my ass more than likely set the tone for what that group was all about anyway, so it was probably best I packed up and left before I end up getting thrown back into FB jail or something. Hell, maybe the majority of the people in that group were decent people and all, but it really only takes one or two assholes to ruin things for everyone.
Kind of like when I’m dialing in hand loads for my rifles or pistols. I can have a really tight group of bullet holes happening on that target, and then all of a sudden just one or two shots falls outside the main group and simply ruins the whole damn thing…. (oh, 15 yard targets with my 1911’s using hand loads)
Now don’t get me wrong, there are many “Groups” that I do enjoy seeing bunch up together….
- Groups of Turkey
- Groups of Deer
- Groups of Dove
- Groups of Elk
- Groups of Quail
- Groups of Caribou
- Groups of Fish
And yes,…. Groups of “Socialists & Liberals”….
All of ’em are a whole lot easier to “identify”, “catch”, or “bag” when they’re in each of their own respective groups anyway!