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August 1st, 2013

The faces of Facebook

Posted on 2013.08.01 at 12:49
Like so many people out there, I’m a bit of a Facebook junkie. No, I don’t surf it endlessly. Nor have I ever played any games. But I do enjoy the opportunity to touch base with friends near and far, and I love the photo capabilities.

In recent times, I’ve noticed a growing trend among friends of mine out there – particularly those in the SCA – multiple accounts. For quite a number of people out there, they have found it more practical to create an SCA persona account versus a regular one. In a lot of ways, that makes sense. Does one’s niece or co-worker necessarily care one bit about the 14th century Irish shawl that you might be working on? Do your fighter-buddies necessarily want to worry about what to say or not say in front of your professional colleagues?

Over the course of months, I have given serious thought to creating a separate account or accounts. And after much thought, I made the decision to keep things just as they are today. And why is that? Because as random as my thoughts and postings and pictures and activities may seem to some people – that’s just me. That’s the way I am. That’s the person I am. And I don’t think that it would be good for me to try and compartmentalize myself. Ultimately, I believe, what you see is what you get.

I’m a gay man with a stud-muffin of a husbear.
I’m a 15th century Italian noble.
I’m a gardener.
I’m a cook, an embroiderer, a tailor, and a painter.
I love hittin’ the bars for beer bust.
I’m a business professional.
I’m the youngest of 5.
I bake my own bread, make my own cheese, and cure my own olives.
In any given weekend, I might wear a suit and tie, a 14th century cotehardie, a pair of leather pants, and harness; and a pair of comfy jeans.
I find some of my greatest relaxation doing yoga.
I’m learning more and more what it is to be proud of my Portuguese heritage.
I love going at a fast pace, while also stopping to smell the roses.
Etc., etc., etc.

As unrelated as a lot of these things are, when you combine them all, they make me the person that I am. And I am really happy with the person that I am – whole and intact. So if you’re a Facebook friend because you are interested in one key aspect about me, and you find that you don’t like a particular picture, or a particular post, or a particular opinion, or a particular update; guess what – that too is part of me. And I’m not about to change. It has taken me a long time to get here. And now that I’m here, I’m going to rejoice in being happy to be the person that I never thought I could be, but always wanted to be.

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