Facebook

I have unfollowed everyone but a few relatives on Facebook.

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Why did I unfriend everyone?

Well,

I have had problems with Facebook for years. It doesn’t show me post I am interested in. I get a great deal of fluff that just buries good content. People would ask me face to face did I see something they posted. No I didn’t. Facebook never showed it to me. I would have to go to their page to see it.

I have almost stopped using Facebook and rarely post. I prefer to post to my website https://www.swordtechstars.com. I don’t do a lot of posting anyway.

I would delete my Facebook account but I have to have one so I can manage the churches page. I considered deleting my account and creating a new one.

I loath Facebook messenger. I can’t find any way to turn it off. The only way to stop people from using it to contact me is to unfriend them. Some of you need to watch what links you are clicking on as some apps are posting on your behalf to Facebook messenger and sending people spam.

So,

Today I checked and I had almost 300 friends. I thought man I need to clean this up. I think I found I was following 4 dead people. Several of my friends had multiple accounts. I have no idea which one was real and which one was a bot. Probably a lot of the unwanted fluff was coming from the bot ones. I was following people I did not even know. I also was following people I had just meet once. Some of this was from back in the day when I use to friend everyone who sent me a request. There were people I was following that had deactivated their accounts (I don’t blame them). And some people had over 2,500 friends. I bet they have never saw any of my post.

I started by trying to selectively unfriend, like the bots, the dead and the don’t knows. As I started unfriending people it became easier and easier. Finally I just decided that I would unfriend everyone except a few close relatives. Now I am down to 26 friends on Facebook. I am still considering unfriend all them except my wife. At least that way I want miss any of her post.

I will miss some of the people that I unfriended. Particular my old high school friends as Facebook was the only contact I had with them. But I am still part of the class group. I am going to see if that is sufficient.

Creative Problem Solving

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Problem: Drain pan rusted out on AC. Drips on people during service.

Problem Complication: Can’t repair unit because we are getting ready to remodel space and don’t want to replace something that has to be torn out in a few months any way.

Solution: Duct tape, cardboard, plastic, string, and a bucket. Drip is redirected and silenced. Not pretty but functional.

Thought: Duct tape, cardboard, plastic, and string are essential assets in a handyman’s tool box.

Blooming Good Time

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It has been four months since hurricane Michael wrecked havoc on Callaway Florida. As far as restoring buildings, and property back to pre storm conditions, we are years out. There are still hundreds of homes in our county that need to be bulldozed. I guess that about ¼ of the homes, which equates to about 15,000 units, are not safe to live in. You just can’t believe the number of people living in campers in their front yard while figuring out what to do with their homes.

But nature doesn’t care. My azaleas are blooming like crazy. They bring beauty to the area. Many plants are staring to bloom. Soon no-one will notice the crushed forests for they will be covered over with green vines (see note). I predict that nature will swallow the destroyed wild areas faster than man will be able to restore the developed areas. For now I for one am glad to see the flowers.

Note: This part of Florida has a wild grape variety that grows on every thing that does not move. It would give the kudzu of Georgia a run for its money.

Hurricane Michael

Tomorrow will be 4 weeks since Hurricane Michael hit my home. My church has major damage. My flock, their homes range from minor damage to completely destroyed. It is a blessing that none were injured by the storm. Now we start with the rebuilding process. You think the storm is scary but it quickly passes. The process of navigating the rebuild, hiring contractors and working with the insurance in monstrosity of a task. One of my prayers for the last three years is when to start the remodel of the church. God says now. 😊