"Getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter allows you to remember who you are. Simplicity doesn’t change who you are, it brings you back to who you are."

Monday, April 8, 2013

Self Imposed Privacy Fence

Yesterday I saw in the comments section from Jovardy:

Sweet Potatoes slips can be purchased from Renfrow's in Matthews. Also, if you are on Facebook please join Grow Share Charlotte. A lot of information provided by gardners and instructors. https://www.facebook.com/groups/113006355406147

Thanks for the tip, Jovardy.  I've never been to Renfrow's.  Never even heard of them in fact.  So as usual, I googled it.

Oooo.  AND General Merchandise!!!!  This sounds right up my alley. I need to check this out.  SM would probably like it too.

Last week the Dr I work for blocked a half day Friday afternoon and took us all out for pedicures as a "Thank You" for all the hard work we put in.  Very nice. 

While getting my feet pampered I asked one of my coworkers if I could borrow her phone to call SM to see if he wanted me to pick up some PF Changs which was just a few doors down.  She dialed it for me, I talked to SM and handed it back to her saying "Here.  I don't no how to turn this off."

Boy, you should have heard the ruckus.  "You don't know how to turn off a smartphone?"

I felt like a dinosaur on display.  Who is this freak of nature?

All this got me to thinking about the self imposed privacy fences that I've created. 

I'm not on Facebook.  What wonders am I missing?

I'm also not instantly connected.  I have computers at work and home, but nothing on the spot.

After our pedicures we all stuck a newly polished foot out and everyone took a group picture of our toes.  Suddenly everyone was "thumbing" their phones. 

"Whatcha doing?"

"Posting it to Facebook." Was the reply.  Wow.  It had to be done right there!  On the spot!  (Pictures in my camera at home usually sit around for a while.)

I don't own a cell (let alone a smart phone).  SM finally upgraded to a smart phone for his business and loves it, but when people ask my how I can live without one, I usually just shrug and say "I can borrow yours if I need to."

I'm not on Facebook mostly for privacy reasons.  Yes, I'm on the blog but I feel like I can maintain a level of privacy as long as the people who know me respect my wish to be discreet and not share everything and anything about me.  (I do enough of THAT on my own.)

But times like this, I do feel like I'm missing out. 


  1. For me, I just upgraded to a smart phone about a year ago. It's been a blessing for sharing what is going on down here in NC, with all my family back home. My brother has one, so when I post something to facebook, he can share it with my mom, who doesn't go on the computer much.

    I am connected, but have scaled back alot.

  2. Facebook
    Having a blog is oe thing, butsharingwiththeworld that I am excited over having a coffee is another... Facebook.......people should get areal life

  3. I'm not on facebook and my phone doesn't have a camera-I have a camera to do that. ;0)

    You ain't missin' a thing, honey.

    We went to Renfrow's last time we were there. I even included it in one of my posts from our vacation in November. It's like a step back in time. You've got to check it out!

  4. The company I work for just made me upgrade to an IPhone (had a regular old Blackberry before). It does everything it is advertised to do but what do I use it for ... checking email when I am away from the office. Yep that's it a device that can launch a rocket is surely wasted on me.

  5. I have a smartphone. Use it for work and personal stuff; emails, texts between people, contacts, scanner for checking prices, maps and gps, etc. It also has an 8 megapixel camera which is what I take the majority of my pictures with as well as a video camera. I hate to say it but it pretty much does everything I need. I'm also on FB and do have some fun on it. Downside is some people really do tell you EVERYTHING they do, in which case you can block them. An upside is I have reconnected with people I haven't seen in over 25 years.

  6. I loved this post because I'm in the same camp! No smart phone here, and I gave up FB when they kept disrespecting my privacy settings. And you know what? I don't feel like I'm missing a thing.

  7. I'm with Leigh & John Gray - I don't feel that I'm missing a thing by not being on FB other than having 1000 fake friends (I gave up having invisible friends when I was 6 years old...) and my cell phone is turned off most of the time unless The Shepherd needs to get hold of me after work. Don't let em pressure you! T.

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