Facebook On Steriods

In the last few months (or more), I’ve gotten sucked into the black hole that is Facebook, one of the more well known social networking sites, like a moth to an old high school flame.  Literally. I think my entire graduating class is on there and in my friend list.  Most of the readers of this little blog are my friends on Facebook, which for a time, made updates here seem a bit redundant.

But, here’s the thing.  Facebook is a time suck. Literally. I can sit down, thinking I’ll just check people’s status, just to be sure they aren’t having more fun than me – like for example, Adriane who’s “bitter about having to work tomorrow,” Laura who’s “feeling so behind with emails,” and Jennifer who “just went shopping at Nordstroms (Rack)” – and realize that three hours have gone by. THREE HOURS! I kid you not.

The other thing about Facebook is it is super easy to quickly share links to articles on the web that I’m currently reading, youtube videos I’m watching, etc. But, dear blog reader, I want to share all this with you as well, even if I won’t accept your friend invitation on Facebook. Naw, I’m kidding. I collect friends like the dryer collects lint. Like the children collect germs. Like my belly collects fact. Sad but true.

Anyway, friend, I want to turn my blog into Facebook On Steroids by sharing all that I am with you right here in these posts. (Oh, speaking of steroids, Chad and I recently watched a pretty good documentary on the subject called Bigger, Stronger, Faster*: Is It Still Cheating If Everyone’s Doing It?; you should check it out.)

So, what am I reading right now, you ask, waiting with bated breath? Well, I check the Freakonomics blog (based on the book Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything) almost every day and tonight I found this article of particular “interest” (pun intended):

Published: February 13, 2009
Interesting piece here by Washington Post columnist Steven Pearlstein about a relatively small North Carolina bank called Citizens South, which avoided bad loans, has remained profitable, and then applied for and won $20.5 million in TARP bailout funds. Writing on the eve of the testimony by eight gigantic bankers before the House Financial Services Committee, […]

Best take away quote from the article, in my opinion:

How is it that Kim Price, a community banker with an undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University, a tiny executive staff, and a pay package that you would consider insulting, somehow managed to come up with a more creative use for his government bailout money than you (the big eight bankers)?

How indeed?  Happy Reading!

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