Monthly Archives: July 2008

Facebook, LinkedIn, Dogster, oh my

This summer I made the jump into the wild world of social networking websites. Some friends wanted to share a few pictures and had them hosted on Facebook, so I jumped in and set up an account. I tended to avoid such sites as I was afraid of getting sucked into a “high time involvement” activity.

On the plus side, I have already connected with a number of old friends I haven’t spoken with in some time. It is a lot of fun to see who you can find there and interact with friends. On the downside, I can definitely see how it can consume lots of time on the computer. Being an IT professional and geek, I’m not sure I need something to keep me on the computer longer. 🙂

The amazing thing is the number of social network sites available. Clete even has a login on Dogster!

On a slightly related note, we are taking a small trip to visit the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Looking forward to visiting it.

Happy Independence Day 2008!

Independence Day is one of my two favorite holidays of the year (the other being Thanksgiving). Both holidays are somewhat unique to the USA, and a trip or two outside of the US makes you appreciate these holidays even more.

Both holidays focus on five important F’s. For the 4th of July, those are:

  • Food
  • Fireworks
  • Freedoms
  • Family
  • Friends

[As a side note, Thanksgiving substitutes “Football” and “Forefathers” for the second and third F’s.]

Sure, the big Christian Holidays (Christmas & Easter) are nice, but they bring along the baggage of gifts, over-commercialization, or are not as broadly recognized (many do not get Good Friday off in the US). In contrast, Independence Day is simple, fun, and can be celebrated in many ways…from a gathering of friends and BBQ, to a festival, to a parade, or simply watching the Boston Pops and fireworks on TV.

Speaking of parades, we have one parade down (Barrington), and one parade to go (Palatine). If you happen to be watching this parade on Saturday and see a bunch of old band fossils walking around, don’t be too critical of our lines or intonation. 🙂

Happy Independence Day to all!