I Have Chosen Life As We Now Know It

The Internet is a wonderful thing. But like most 67 year old, white, middle class male Canadians, I have had an irrational fear of that which I don’t really understand – meaning, 98% of all things Web related.

I think I use social media. I do have a smart phone that I use for phone calls and texting, and I admit to using the mysterious device for an occasional visit to my Gmail. I do have Facebook and Messenger apps on my smart phone, but again I hardly use them. For me, email, Facebook and Messenger are better accessed using my laptop, and occasionally my tablet. Which only goes to prove that my smart phone is much smarter than I am, or else I’d be smart enough to have all of my “web related” activities confined to one device.

I’m sure you’re getting the picture here. I mostly pretend that I’m familiar with the workings of these mysterious devices, and I love to think that I’m hip enough to keep up with the young crowd by using Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that I could actually reconnect with friends from forty and fifty years ago, and have a conversation as if I had seen those people only yesterday.

So here I am. A mostly retired white, privileged, middle class, fairly educated and moderately successful Canadian male. Like most Canadians of my vintage, I have had a number of distinct careers; in law enforcement, in sales, in politics as both an organizer and as a political staffer at the federal and provincial levels, and finally as a “cog in a wheel ” at a major multi-national pharmaceutical company operating in Canada. Throughout these careers I have enjoyed many, many successes, and like most people in life, as many failures along the way. As we say in politics, “I’ve been to the top of the greasy pole. But the slide down to the bottom of the pole is much quicker than the climb to the top”.

In all of this personal confusion of not really knowing how to use social media and the various high tech devices that are at my disposal, I’ve decided that I do have a story to tell, and opinions to share. I’ve decided to start this blog with two goals in mind.

First, like others of my mindset, I’ve decided that I do have opinions that I want to share, and a blog is the perfect forum to give those who have no voice a platform to find a voice.

And secondly, this blog will be very educational in that it will teach me how to use social media. I want to understand the power of social media in a meaning and positive way.

I cannot promise that all of my thoughts and opinions will be original, but where I draw upon other peoples’ work, thoughts and prayers, I will give credit where credit is due.

To you, dear readers (assuming you are outside my normal very small circle of friends and family) I wish you well. Please accept my ramblings for what they are meant to be – some serious opinions being throwns out into the wilderness of the internet, and an occasion attempt at humour (of which I’ve often been accused of having little).

Let’s wish each other well as I embark on this literary journey.

 

10 thoughts on “I Have Chosen Life As We Now Know It

  1. The beginning of your journey has begun and if I do say so it’s of to a wonderful, informative and insightful start. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks Lorraine. I’m having a blast so far. I wanted you to know how much I appreciate your feedback. You opinion really does mean a lot to me. So far, the reaction has been mostly positive and for that I’m grateful, but then again, the more I get into this, the bolder I’m becoming, so it’s only a matter of time I think before I really offend someone. We’ll see. Hope all is well with you and yours. Take care

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    1. Thanks Linda. I’m having a blast, and so far at least, nothing too negative coming back at me. But I do want you to know how much I appreciate you taking the time to let me know what you think. I really do value your opinion here.

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  2. Good job Ron. Interesting read. It’s something I’ve often thought of doing but have always thought; “Who would read what I have to say”?
    Keep it up
    Garry

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    1. Hi Garry. Long time my old friend…… Yes, I hear you. Wondering who would bother to read what an old political hack has to say is what kept me from doing this for years, but I got to the point where I wasn’t hearing – from anyone else – what is was that I wanted to hear, and I really began to wonder if I was the only one, you know? My son Chris finally talked me into it. I can tell you I’m having a blast Garry, and I would encourage you to do this too. What’s the worst that can happen?

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