“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

To all you Facebook "FAN"atics ...
Friday, September 12, 2008

I've been on facebook, the social networking site, for about three months now, and I have trouble staying away from it. My favorite part of it is the status feature. Any time you log on you fill out this little form that says "Ad _________." You might put in "is trimming his toenails while watching his favorite movie." Or: "...thinks Cindy McCain dresses a lot like a suburban-Connecticut prostitute."

Then, this status is displayed for all your friends on facebook, so they all know what you're thinking ... what's important in your life on this particular day. Here are some of mine from the past day:

Ad ... is thrilled with his new pair of Red Wing boots.
Ad ... tried a burger and fries at Five Guys and wasn't that impressed.
Ad ... is mighty impressed by the rain from the outer bands of Ike.

Now, here's a facebook feature that I think is stupid. You get invites from people to join "fan pages." Come be a fan of ____________!" And then if you say yes it is proclaimed to the facebook community that you have become a fan of _____________. You can be a fan of the Guggenheim Museum, of the Wisconsin Badger football team, or the Slow Food Movement. You can be a fan of particular authors and architects and newspapers and Oprah and okra and Oklahoma ... well, the list just goes on and on, and I just think it's really pointless....except you do learn a few things about your friends based on what they choose to befan (you know, like befriend?)

Oh, what's that you say? You're NOT a fan of 19th-century freight elevators? Well, then you're NOTHING. You might as well crawl under your bed and stay there forever.

There are some groups that I would join, if such a group exists and I'm ever asked.
I would definitely be a fan of artichoke sculptures, and art created by blind cats. Also: ghosts of Victorian-era chimney sweeps and anything the color orange.

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Gin Count from last night: Nothing but bad news here, friends. I spent the evening talking and laughing with good friends, one of which loves gin as much as I do. Honestly, I lost count. One detail from the evening: I was helping one friend put white frosting on a cake, and we ended up frosting my eyebrows so I would look like:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ad, you can make Facebook groups --and I can promise you that if you start one for Art Created by Blind Cats -- I will SO become a fan.

September 12, 2008 at 6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe 'facebook' is like crack for curious people.

September 13, 2008 at 8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it wasn't for 'FAN'atics perhaps no one would subscribe to your blog.

September 13, 2008 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Yep, haynes, good point.
Okay, I change my mind: I LOVE fan pages on facebook!

September 14, 2008 at 4:19 PM  

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