Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Story of Kenneth Gaylord as Experienced by the Author

In the past year a lot has happened in my life, some good, some bad and other things are neither, just an experience. I have fallen in love again (good), found out that the relationship was not quite what I though that it was (bad) and gone on a date with someone that I didn’t really know (neutral). I had some good success at work (good), a resounding failure at work (bad), and made to the end of the golf season intact (neutral). I reconnected with some old friends (good), failed to get back together with others (bad).

My point is that good and bad things happen to every person in this world. If only good things happened to people then life would be very boring and we would never have the opportunity to grow stronger. Going forward I would like to devote this space to sharing some of my life’s experiences with people, or at least the three people that will never read this blog. Not every post will be as well though out as this one (that was a taste of sarcasm), but I pledge to everyone, mostly to myself that I will not neglect this space any longer.

I hope to write in this space about the things that are happening to me. I want to record my life for posterity sake, so that one day my future relatives will have some insight about what it is like to live in the year 2018 and beyond in Turin, NY or wherever it happens that I am living at the time. I want people, as boring as it sounds, to have an idea of what it is to be me. Maybe someone will read what I have written in these posts and take solace in the fact that they are not alone in what they are experiencing, or that they will be excited that other people experience some of the same joys that they do. Maybe it will become my “one great novel”, The Story of Kenneth Gaylord as Experienced By The Author.

Some of you may be saying: Why not just use Facebook? The short answer is that I have grown to hate Facebook. I joined Facebook in 2008, as near as I can tell. That’s over 10 years ago. Since then Facebook has gone through some serious changes as welll. It went from a place for friends to keep in touch and share experiences to a place where people share their opinions unfiltered and unrestrained and without regard for the feelings of others. It has become a place where, unfortuanately, people form opinions through news that may or may not be accurate. It has become a place where people don’t share experiences as much as they do memes. It has become less personal and more devisive. In short it has become a place that I don’t want to be.

With that I am going to post the things that I would normally post on Facebook here. You may ask: Why don’t you just use Facebook? To which I retort: Have you looked at Facebook lately? To me Facebook has gone from a place where friends could go to connect and share experiences that have happened to them, to a place where people share the absurd in life. There are no more personal experiences only memes that people are sharing and that they didn’t create. While these memes may be relavent to what that person it is a passive/aggressive form of expression. If you are feeling a certain way, say it. Maybe that is just me. The other thing that it has become is a sesspool of political bullshit. I get it I need to vote and I do. On one side you have liberal leaning individuals who are outraged with everything that President Trump does, and on the other side are people that like Trump and gloat over every victory he has. Most of the time the posts that these two groups put up aren’t creations of their own either. They are something that someone else put up and they are just parroting. And my last objection to Facebook is the ads. I get it, Facebook needs to make money to continue to service all of the billions of people that are there, but my god, show me something different once in a while. I’m not going to buy it, but add some variety.

With all of that being said, I hope to post here at least weekly, if not more often. I think that it will depend on how much time that I have at any given moment, but that is the plan going forward.