The party has started – and how I left Facebook

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The good thing about Facebook is that it allows you keep in touch with friends that you might not otherwise. The bad thing about Facebook is that it allows you keep in touch with friends that you might not otherwise.

As the 2016 federal election conversation heats up, certain Facebook Friends (including some very casual acquaintances) are making their electoral decisions known, even at this early stage of the game. I call it a “game” because U.S. politics, for the most part, is not a lot different that American football or –<fill in the blank with your favorite U.S. televised sport>–.

I was thinking about this this morning and have decided to shut down my Facebook account, at least the “social” part of it. I will leave Messenger (Facebook’s private messaging app) up for friends that would like to communicate with me one-on-one. My experience with Messenger is that very few of my friends use it as “preferred” channel for communicating with me. Those that do would also just as likely use email or some other form of communication.

Not that I don’t care about the political arena. I realize that politics in this country has some influence or affect over our daily lives, no matter how subtle. And I also realize that social media (notably Facebook) has also cast a powerful spell on most Americans. I’ve just decided that I really don’t need to be a part of that whole conversation.

So, good-bye Facebook. Our relationship may have been brief, but I did find it instructional.

Never bank with USBank – Stay away!

I got a Fred Meyer loyalty card with these guys. It was a headache from the get go. Poor online/phone customer service. The bunch in the local branch weren’t any better. Even after I closed the out the card, and paid out the balance, an automatic payment was made for the already paid balance!

USBank’s customer service is telling me it’s going to take me 2 weeks to get my money back.

Keep away from USBank.

I’ve always had good service from Chase.

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