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Finding Facebook

March 30, 2009 - Cindy Votruba
Now that Rae’s written about her addiction to Facebook for the paper, I guess I can admit my Facebook habit as well. Yes, I, too, am a Facebook addict.

Well maybe not to the point of some people’s Facebook profiles I’ve seen where they have hundreds, maybe more than a thousand photos posted in albums; they’re maintaining a sea garden, various plants and a farm; have zillions of posts on their wall and they’re taking all those quizzes. I recently took ones to see what color I am (orange), what Muppet I am like (Kermit) and what ‘80s band I am like (Journey). I also recently joined a couple of groups, including “The Top 10 reasons to date a person with CHD (congenital heart defects).” The possibilities are endless. There’s even a group for the “ guy” (who happens to be an actor from Canada).

When I joined in August 2007, I only had two friends on Facebook. I’ve only increased my number to 44, which includes five relatives. A couple of high school classmates actually searched for me and sent friend requests, so I’ve become friends with them as well as a few other classmates. I even reconnected with a friend I lost contact with more than 15 years ago. She’s now teaching English in South Korea. One of the latest ones I’ve added left Somerset High our sophomore year. I didn’t talk to her all that much, but I decided to just send her a hi when we were both in chat Saturday morning. I learned a little bit about her life (she’s now a grandmother!) and we had a good time chatting. I mentioned to her what I keep thinking when I’m talking to other classmates: people who weren’t necessarily friends in high school are now friends on Facebook. She replied with “we grew up.” True, so true.

Facebook also was the way I found out that a classmate of mine died on Friday. His name was Rick Johnson and he had ALS for several years. Rick was in my class all through grade school and high school. He wasn’t necessarily one of the popular guys in class, but he was likeable. So rest in peace, Rick. You’ll be missed.


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