Thursday, January 28, 2010

MrPea and I went out for dinner tonight. We looked around and realized we were the only ones in the restaurant without white hair. (Welcome to Florida!) There was a table of women sitting near us and they were celebrating a birthday. She was 100.

The other night at my Book Club meeting, the conversation turned political. I got a little tense because there were about 15-20 people in the room so I was imagining the night would probably not end well. Luckily I was wrong. It was the first time I was ever in a room of people discussing politics with voices of disagreement that things didn't get ugly. There were very strong opinions and emotions but no disrespect. There was even a little teasing and giggling when the topic changed. (I realize this is a very boring paragraph but I had to write about it because) I was really shocked when it didn't turn into an "I hate you Festival." It was a conversation I wish we could all be having wherein each party had something intelligent and thoughtful to say instead of the name calling, finger pointing and accusations that seem to be popular(from both sides) right now. I'm not exactly sure how I feel about the fact that I was automatically expecting a huge fire.

Now I have to do a complete turn around and do the exact opposite of what I was so happy about the other night. I know I know I can't help it I just have to. So speaking of finger pointing I have to say something about Facebook. I was probably the last person on Earth to get a Facebook page. I never did Myspace for reasons that another post would explain. And so far I'm not too eager to get a Twitter account just yet because I'm not so sure that the every 5 minute details of my life are exciting enough. Nor do I feel the need to know what everyone else on the internets are doing every 5 minutes of their lives. (I'm open to the possibility though, just not right now.) However, last year my sister got on Facebook and after months of convincing, I finally broke down and got on myself. I don't really post very often. Mostly I like to see what everyone else is posting and I like looking at pictures of long lost friends and their kids. But lately I've been avoiding it because of how angry and puritanical certain old friends seem to be. I didn't get on so I could have someone else's politics and religion shoved in my face every 5 minutes. Tell me about your life, your kids, your accomplishments. If I want to know your beliefs, chances are I've already asked you. I had to hide a good friend's updates because it was so full of "Repent now- all you sinners will go to hell" posts, I felt like I was in a fire and brimstone, burn all the witches flashback. I love a good scripture verse or a thought provoking theological news article. But if I have memories AND pictures of you in a skimpy bikini shaking your ass at a Holiday Inn Spring Break "Shake What Your Momma Gave You" contest, I really don't want to hear how much better and holier you are than the rest of us heathens just because you go to church now. If you feel guilty about something, work it out on your own. I'm sure it's all part of the repenting and the posts about the devil but using the "devil took over and made me do it but now I'm a REAL Christian as apposed to you fake ones " is no excuse for thinking now it's ok judge everyone else. Think I'm being judgemental? Maybe I am, I'm not perfect. But I'd rather study and share my bible than shove it in some one's face. (Cue me stepping off my soapbox and kicking it)


Courtney said...

I like Twitter mostly for sharing cool links to articles or photos. The same kind of goes for Facebook. Plus, it's nice to see what old friends are up to. The most recent mass status update that people posted that bothers me is the "Shame on you America, we have our own homeless people, you should be ashamed for donating money to help Haiti." (paraphrased) That one really pissed me off.

LittlePea said...

In their defense(because they badly need one) people who say that kind of stuff have never been to a third world country before. But at the same time, they're a*s*h@l*s

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Anonymous said...

Hey Pea,

I haven't commented in a while. This made me laugh. I just started a part time job as a caregiver. My last client sounds like your old friend. In the first 30 minutes of my FIRST time at this guys house he was saying 'you know you're a sinner, right...right??? Let me read this verse to you" Then he went on to Obama bashing. I finally told him that maybe we should change the subject. That was a long six hours. I was told he didn't want me back. He wanted someone more faithful. Oh well.

Sorry for the long comment!


super des said...

I actually deleted someone from my FB the other day because she posted some stupid anti-Obama thing. It's not that we disagree, it's that she just copy and pasted someone else's "opinions" (in the form of like a bumper sticker bad pun). She couldn't even be bothered to post how SHE felt. For some reason that really irked me, and add that to the fact that it was someone from my high school that I barely even remember, I didn't have much of an issue deleting her.

LittlePea said...

OH! I sometimes find myself biting my lips from saying,"Is that really your opinion or something you overheard your husband say," when I'm in a conversation with people.

I have no problem with people who want to debate with actual intelligent things to say but you can tell from certain FB posts that they are not interested in facts and logic, just hatred and anger. Nothing wrong with a joke or pun but if that's all one has to back up their opinions, I'm not interested-that goes for both sides.

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