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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wednesday Thoughts

Lately, I've noticed something I hadn't noticed before on Facebook. On the side of my home page I'm seeing what my friends are becoming "fans" of and it's not what I expected. Now, I understand becoming a Facebook "fan" of your favorite band or TV show because as a fan, the fan group might send you updates about the bands performances or the TV shows premiere. Or maybe you want to become a fan of an organization you support. I totally get that.

But I don't understand what I've been seeing lately, which is people becoming "fans" of the most mundane things, such as (these are real):

being barefoot
the sun
soap
shampoo
nail polish
eating

As I've seen more and more friends becoming fans of these things, I've started to feel pressure. If I don't become a "fan" - officially I mean - of soap, shampoo, regular showers, or the sun, does it mean I don't like them? Or support them!? Because I do. I really do. It's just more of a private, personal, unspoken, assumed support. It's not the kind of support I've ever really declared publicly. I'm afraid if I start becoming a Facebook fan of everything I like, I might be starting down a slippery slope. Eventually, after exhausting all my Facebook options, I'll feel obligated to join (or start) fan groups such as:

the circulatory system
cuticles
breathing oxygen
blinking
pores
the regular intake of life sustaining calories

I'm sure some of you are getting a little annoyed right now. Why? Because I saw you on the sun's fan page. But don't be mad. I think I'm on board now. Together, you and I can set up fan pages for everything from cuticle cream to cumulus clouds! "Let no love (or commitment to hygiene) go undeclared!" will be our motto.

Well, I'd better end this post. When I think about all the things I've shown mild to serious interest in or appreciation for throughout my lifetime, I realize I have a lot of work to do. Time to start making a long list. Happy Wednesday.

9 comments:

alecia said...

ha ha, I totally agree with you

Mike said...

Oh no, I was the one you saw on the fan of nail polish page, wasn't I? I assure you, facebook made that one up. Really, I swear!

Angela Annjilla Ferny Fern said...

I agree with you. I'm not a fan of the obvious. Have you seen the quizes that read something like, "How well do you know ____?" The ones I see are of the freakshows in middle school who were the last to be picked in gym class!

Kathy said...

Don't forget to add that you're a fan of:

Miley Cyrus
optical illusions
antique nursery clocks
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Swine Flu media coverage
Beheading pics of coworkers
Tandum bike rides with Daisy

Sara said...

You make me laugh out loud so much.

David and Linda said...

I'm a fan of your sense of humor. I needed a good laugh today! You're crazy funny.

Vaughn said...

you forgot my favorite one, and another category to your list, i saw SOMEONE is a fan of "not being on fire" now you need to make a list of things to be a fan of NOT being....just thought i would make it difficult for you, and i might also become add myself to the fire list, FACEY HERE I COME!!!

Vaughn said...

i got checking and i was SOOOO tempted to become a fan of becoming a fan...

Emily said...

hiliarious and so very true. it is a slippery slope. soon you'll have to join them all or people really will start to wonder.