Facebook's Effort to Save Your Friends

I just found this status posted on a friend's Facebook page:

URGENT WARNING! Facebook now automatically scans your brain through your monitor. To block the scan, go to the kitchen, get aluminum foil, and wrap it around your head. Stay calm and breathe through your left nostril ONLY. This is a SERIOUS problem and has been confirmed by a friends cousin's girlfriend's neighbor's son's baby's mama and her pet chihuahua. Copy and paste as your status to SAVE YOUR FRIENDS!

As I read this post, I began to giggle.  Why?  I SAW my friend actually doing this.  Yes!  The image of her sitting at a kitchen table, exhibiting her quiet demeanor while she patted in place the aluminum foil wrapped around her head like a conehead.  Then I hit the line about breathing through your left nostril only.  My friend, head covered like a 1960's style aluminum beehive, laid a finger aside her right nostril and breathed as directed through the left one.  (Yes, Valerie, dear friend, I pictured you doing this!)

Please understand, the only way Valerie might do this would be to tease us or entertain her grandchildren, but she has such a great sense of humor that it tickled me to imagine it.  Maybe it's because she writes hilarious stories about characters who do and say silly things and take it seriously.  Maybe it's because Facebook provides a forum for such imaginings.

I guess that's the real draw with Facebook.  You read a friend's post and your imagination drops them in the room with you.  I've reconnected with many friends from high school (and some who were nowhere close to being my friend) and it's been great.  I've met my cousins, some who I've never met in person, but I feel close to them now.  I keep up with other trainers and writers, learning what they are up to.

And rest assured, when my friend Valerie's book is published--and I believe it will happen for her--I will post about her success on my Facebook page, my blog, my Twitter page...You get the picture!

PS  The link through her name above will take you to her blog.


Valerie Norris said…
Me in an aluminum foil cone hat?! Well, okay, I'll give you that one. I do love to laugh and to make others laugh, too. There's a fine line between comedian and fool, and I find myself crossing it daily.

Thanks, Barbara, for the words of encouragement for my writing. One of these days we'll both achieve our writing dreams, right?
Absolutely, Valerie! Then you and I will do a book tour together (on our own dime probably, but we'll have fun).
Vonda Skelton said…
Funny! Thanks for the laugh! Best wishes to Valerie for her book. She sounds like someone I could have fun hanging around with. :-)
I also that post! Only Val, I tell you...

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