Tuesday, June 03, 2008

one of Facebook's better sides

This afternoon I was cruising through Facebook, as is my occasional wont, intent on spying out details of lives of half-remembered acquaintances of early childhood and realising again that I may as well give up on half because women still keep changing their surnames.

What is with that? I STILL can't grasp why anyone would willingly giving up their name. Unless they're entering a witness protection program, of course. But then I feel PROBABLE DEATH is a pretty good reason for a number of life adjustments.

However, I have joined a number of Facebook groups based entirely on their titles. Hence I am a member of:

▪ If you can't fix it with Gaffa tape, you haven't used enough.
▪ People Who Always Have To Spell Their Names For Other People
▪ Derek Zoolander's Group For Really Really Ridiculously Good Looking People

I feel the last one really connects with WHO I am. You know, on the inside.

I have cut myself out of eligibility for the Philosphy group "I Dont care How Comfortable Crocs Are, You Look Like A Dumbass", by purchasing a pair last week; nor do I really qualify for the "I only watch Eurovision for Terry Wogan" seeing as I don't get the British showing of it and I ACTUALLY only watch it for the Ukraine.

What can I say? Hope springs eternal for the return of Ruslana.

But this afternoon I found, I think, the most community service-orientated group yet, admittedly perhaps only relevant for those from my hometown...

"It shits me when people don't realise the ADDED LANE entering Torquay Road!"


Susan said...

Your header made me laugh.

pyjamamel said...

RE: changing names - interestingly enough, I know 2 guys here in Germany who have both legally taken on their wives names! One wanted to become a “von somethingoranother”, and the 2nd wanted to have the same name as his children (and she wasn’t parting with her name).

As for facebook – have you added the “Shakespearean insult generator”? Have found this to be loads of fun!

Anonymous said...

Just a little voice from your home town- "the added lane" confused another again this week, as he paused and held up three cars when the road ahead was clear. You are right DrJ, it happens all the time. However, I don't think it has the same effect on me, as it does on you and I reside only 1/2 a kilometre away. Try not to loose too much sleep over it!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

FaceBook - Im Cool because I Grew Up in Geelong

Description: This group is for everybody who grew up in Geelong and understands you're from Geelong when...

1. You were born at Baxter House.
2. You still hang out with the same friends you had in high school.
3. You can't go out without seeing someone you know.
4. You always end up at Eureka every Saturday night.
5. You used to always end up at GH every Saturday night.
6. You remember the good old days at the Lyric.
7. You have eaten food from Kev's takeaway van on Gheringhap Street.
8. You have waited an hour for a taxi after a big night out then given up and walked home...because nowhere in Geelong seems very far when you're drunk (or sober really).
9. You had schoolies in either Lorne or Torquay.
10. You hung out at Barwon Valley Fun Park as a kid.
11. You have attended a Poppy Kettle festival.
12. You have performed in a school play at GPAC.
13. You have been on a school excursion to Happy Hens and Warrumbidgee Farm.
14. You have been on a school camp to Sovereign Hill.
15. You have been to countless school sports days at Landy Field and school swimming carnivals at Kardinia Pool.
16. You remember when Waurn Ponds was one giant paddock.
17. You claim Missy Higgins as "Geelong's Own" because she went to Grammar.
18. You generally think people who went to Grammar are wankers.
19. You were possibly a "Joey's Boy" or dated a "Joey's Boy".
20. You know someone who went to Chanel or Morongo.
21. You attended either Deakin or The Gordon at some point.
22. You know several people who work for Target.
23. You know someone who played for Falcons.
24. You have a Geelong Football Club sticker on your car.
25. You insist on still calling Skilled Stadium "Kardinia Park".
26. You regularly see footballers in your local supermarket and don't particularly care.
27. You know Lambys is the place to be after a footy match at KP.
28. You think Billy Brownless should be our mayor.
29. You have a very strong opinion about Sam Newman.
30. You have a very strong opinion about palm trees in Moorabool Street.
31. You know who Darren Grayson and Stewie Harrison are.
32. You think The Advertiser's a load of crap…but you still read it every day.
33. You can leave work at 5:15 and still miss "peak hour traffic".
34. You have jumped off the tower at Eastern Beach and slid down the hill on a piece of cardboard.
35. You know The Sphinx isn't just a monument in Egypt.
36. You remember when Village only had two cinemas and going to the old Pix on Elizabeth Street.
37. You remember when Smorgy's opening was the biggest event in the town's history.
38. You remember when Club 4 Play was a creepy underground McDonalds.
39. You remember when OfficeWorks was World 4 Kids.
40. You remember waiting for two hours to hear your song at Johnny Rockets.
41. You remember when Rollerway was a cool place to hang out.
42. You remember when Brashes was a cool place to buy cassettes.
43. You insist on still calling Westfield "Bay City Plaza".
44. You remember when Bay City Plaza car parking was free for the first two hours.
45. You refer to "going shopping" as "going into town".
46. You went on a Contiki tour and met several other people from Geelong.
47. You know what "Buckets and Bouquets" are.
48. You know Geelong doesn't just rock. It K Rocks.
49. You always refer to Geelong as "G Town" when talking to Melbourne people (or any people really).
50. You acknowledge Geelong's a hole...but still get pissed off when Melbourne people call it "Sleepy Hollow"!

We all grew up in Geelong. Therefore, we are all cool.

Dr. J said...

Yep, also a member of that one! And the one that has me banging my head on the table with laughter is #48. I even do the voice when reading it out loud.

Sometimes it's such a shame DrH and I don't have a shared cultural background. He just looks at me as if reconsidering that "till death do us part" thing.

Anonymous said...

DrJ you just touched upon the cultural differences thing. As a German expat in England, most eligible girls around me do not share my cultural background. But I thought that this cultural thing could be learnt with the time. Is DrH such a bad learner or am I wrong in my assumption?

Without having too long experiences on the matter, I have always found that the cultural differences are a source of constant refreshness for both sides. In the way of learning to look at the world from a completely different angle.