Expressing “Not my thing” on Facebook

You might have heard about this eclipse in the United States recently. And frankly, it wasn’t that impressive in my area, which was overcast and was going to be only 67% complete. Maybe some lunatic would drive 875 miles just to get a few pictures but for the rest of us, it was only so-so.

But my, I really enjoyed watching OTHER people, in Oregon and Tennessee and South Carolina, revel in the moment. Tears of joy, and shouts of exhilaration. I never got the protective glasses for the 2017 event, and if I had, I’m not sure they’d be OK for 2024, when the next eclipse will be much closer to me.

I don’t get this need to rain on others’ parades. An actress who, for some reason, I follow on Facebook, wrote, right after singer/guitarist Glen Campbell died, “I was not a fan.” And then when some folks complained that she was being insensitive, she gave them the dictionary definition of a fanatic. What she probably SHOULD have said was… nothing.
About a month ago, there was this story about a couple caught having sex in water park parking lot. Now, I didn’t much care until people started making assumptions about the couple.

First, I had to find the original articles; you’d be amazed how many hits water park sex gets. I took the name of the guy in the narrative, and on the first page of Google, I found nine stories about the couple. Six featured HER picture, while none showed his. Maybe it was because she resisted arrest, or that she was smiling in her mug shot.

People’s opinions often suggested “she’s a slut” and/or “she’s on drugs” because of the picture. One guy boldly declared that they probably hadn’t met before that day.

This assertion suddenly made me really curious. The 10th page I found on Google for the guys name was his Facebook page, and as of a week after the incident, it hadn’t been updated. But I discovered the couple had gone out foe a time four years ago, they broke up as she moved away, and they were a couple again as of mid-July.

I don’t need to make excuses for the couple to note that a lot of opinions spewed about them was bogus.

July rambling #2: eclipse simulator

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