I was recently laid off and now have more time on my hands than I’ve been accustomed to for the last ten years. That gave me an opportunity to check out Facebook, YOUTUBE and Associated content. Before that, I had been spending most of my online time in school writing papers for Phoenix University and searching places like Wikipedia and the dictionary.
Besides work and school, my husband and I have a small painting company and we are in an All Original Rock n’ Roll band called “Chainsmoker”. We don’t make a lot of money but we sure have a lot of fun. One of our songs is about the Recession and it has been getting hits on Youtube. Check out my snoopy slippers in the video.
My 22 year old daughter Cassandra moved out on her own this past spring and has been living with her boyfriend Stephen. I get to see her about once a week for a few minutes at least, and then once in awhile if our schedules allow, we have dinner together. I miss her and recognize my Empty Nest Syndrome for what it is. She grew up which is what she was supposed to do! Darn it. Too bad you can’t keep them little and dependent forever. (I really don’t mean that but I do miss her).
Delving into the cyber world of online social networking sites is new to me but I’ve already learned the value of communicating with my friends and family. For example, just in the last four weeks I’ve re-acquainted myself with dozens of high school and work friends on Facebook and I’ve even joined a few groups like the Writer’s Dock Party and the Shadowland band.
But that’s the cake. The icing is the conversations I have had with my daughter. If you haven’t been on Facebook or MySpace or Twitter, you might be put off with the lack of capitalization, punctuation and the use of acronyms but once you get the hang of it, it is a great, relaxed way to communicate with your children, friends, and business associates.
The following is an actual online conversation I had with Cassandra (her boyfriend Stephen, sitting with her reading the screen). They are supposed to be going to Washington, DC this weekend for his family’s ThanxMas, a combination Christmas and Thanksgiving celebration that apparently is the ultimate in family celebrations!
I have left the acronyms and misspellings deliberately because to me, it was a Kodak moment and priceless. Each entry starts with a time that is posted and then as you review it below, you will see the moniker or name of the person chatting!
Hope you get a kick out of it like I did.
hey!, how you feeling?
hi sweety, crappy just like at least half the country, think I’ve got the H1N1 virus, lol
ready for your trip?
sorry mommy, yes very!!!, i can’t wait
i love it when you call me mommy, makes me feel good for some strange reason, i know i’m a little touched
I’m glad, i know you’ve been excited about this for a long time
thanks for book marking my story, tell steven i said the same, i got 14 hits on that one article and earned .02 cents, whooo hoooo!
were both laughing, lol your welcome
my friend kelly posted it on her wall for you
way cool, the more i get that, the more liklihood i will actually make some money in this recession, just realized it is stephen, sorry
so im having a lia sophia party on dec 4th i was hoping you would come
lol its cool, its jewelry
yeah, count me in, what can i bring?
i sent you a facebook invite
dont bring anything but yourself
you dont have to buy anything just come
if you know anyone like you used to work with or someone if you want to bring them you can
coolio, i like the stuff, that’s half the battle with me
whats half the battle? oh not buying?
i got a call from a few folks, there’s another layoff coming they told me, everybody is scared at HS, not sure about anyone coming. Yeah, I’m fussy with jewelry
a lot of their prices went down because of the economy lol, i know you are lol
we should see that across the board, it will take years for our economy to cycle in reality, provided we find some other product to sell to the rest of the world besides food
yeah i know… it sucks
with the unemployment, etc, i think a lot of places are going to have to wake up to reality and bit the bullet to make a sale
i know, everything is tough right now
so you are packed? what time do you leave tomorrow?
and leaving mi i took a huge pay cut..
eh not packed lol, i will pack before bed
we dont leave till i get out of work at 7ish
bad doggy, lol, did you quit or give two weeks?
two weeks i told you this,lol i thought…
my last day is the day before thanksgiving
good girl, i heard what you were going to do, i didn’t hear what you did
oh yeah no i gave her notice -a whole fricken month lol
you are so good, i don’t know where you came from, i think you might have been adopted from some nice family or something, you are way nicer than me :)
when do you come back from your trip ?
i guess i probably don’t have to freak about Stephen and his mom kidnapping you or anything this time
jk i love you
i’ll be home monday nitt
night**, lol no probably not
and now stephen thinks you’re nuts lol
i think we’re doing thanksgiving here closer to noon now, we’re so bad at changing times, trying to accommodate everyone i can . he should know that by now lol, fortunately you might be adopted and it’s not hereditary
he said nope definitely not adopted
he knows im nuts too
now i’m rofl – :)
hard to rofl and sniffle and cough at same time, almost gave myself an assmah attack
omg you with your acronyms lol
omg u 2
Isnt it hard to roll on the floor while laughing and coughing and typing?
how do you do that?
is the keyboard wireless?
yuppers, voice activated,:) hack, sniffle, cough, laugh, roll, stop drool and cough
stop drop and rofl, lol lol
you make me laugh
i’m not even drinking and i’m crapping myself up
i dont think you meant that lol
i did, but not really, it was a faux poo
oh jeeze, that should go into your next piece, faux poo
sorry, i will fix it, cracking myself up was a faux paux
no no it was really funny
you should actually put some of this convo in something lol
thanks honey, it would be cool to find a way to do that, yes, not sure how i could pull it off
you can figure it out, lol
And that’s about the size of it my friends. It doesn’t get any better than that. Sometimes the best place to be is on the computer talking to the ones you love remotely, and sharing a laugh, a memory, a game, a video or a link. How people communicate has changed tremendously since I went to high school. Cell phones, text messaging, IM’s (Instant Messages), PMs (Private Messages) and Twits (Twitter posts). My recommendation, especially for those of you recently experiencing the Empty Nest Syndrom is to get involved and stay in touch.
Glossary of acronyms:
• lol, laughing out loud
• convo, conversation
• rofl, rolling on floor, laughing
• omg, oh my god
• u 2, you too
• jk, just kidding
MI and HS are are old employers and not relevant to the story
Chainsmoker Recession song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPXdVSQw5ZY
Top Twenty Five Social Networking sites – Feb 2009. http://social-media-optimization.com/2009/02/top-twenty-five-social-networkings-sites-feb-2009/
Empty nest syndrome. http://www.netdoctors.co.uk/womenshealth/features/ens.htm/
H1N1 Swine Flu. http://www.healthline.com/cms/swine_flu/
Lia Sophia. http://liasophia.com/