These are the times that try the souls of pedantic know-it-alls

If you’re a member of Facebook, I’m sure you’ve seen these “You know you’re from X, if. . .” groups pop up. I started seeing them a few days ago for Las Vegas, a town in Connecticut I’ve never heard of, some place in Missouri, and knew it was only a matter of time before someone made one for where I’m from.

It seems that time was last night. I woke up this morning to 153 emails from Facebook about all the postings to the new group I’m a member of. Nice! So yeah, Facebook? What kind of bullshit is this that you’re automatically a member of every group people think you should be a member of? How about we ask people if they want to be a member of a group? That’d be nice. Also, people I don’t like, if you suddenly find yourself a member of Sex Offenders Anonymous or I like to kick puppies and old ladies, it wasn’t me.

So the group and the deluge of mail… of course I was curious and took a scroll through the list of memories from fellow citizens of Blaine at 6:15 this morning while the coffee brewed. I have to admit it was a little enthralling. I was so caught up in the memory lane that I was nearly late for Tibblesitting.

But, here’s the problem (aside from the lack of permission), I have a really good memory and not everyone from Blaine does. Also, I’m a pedantic know-it-all, the kind of trait not anyone loves. Okay, it’s the kind of trait most everyone hates.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to not correct all the ‘mis-memories’ on that page? DO YOU? It’s taking all my strength.

“Actually. . . the Northgate Mall and Pioneer Village are not the same thing.”
“Actually. . . The Ark pet store was in the Northgate Mall across from Rainbow.”
“Actually. . . Pioneer Village was next to the Dairy Queen and had Snyder Bros. and had a very small library in it.”
“Actually. . . the 7th grade English/Social combo was Swanson & Johnson and not Johnson & Johnson.”
“Actually. . . I’m much smarter than you.”

See? How annoying would that be? Almost as annoying as letting someone on the Internet be wrong. I may have to finally quit Facebook over this.

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1 Comment

  1. Doug 10.Aug.11 at 11:50 pm

    Yeah, Yahoo Groups did the same thing–put me in a couple groups without me agreeing to it. Had to change some settings to stop that, but we appear to be in an era where one is included online unless one specifically opts out (and realizes one needs to opt out). Thanks for making that the common paradigm these days, Zuckerberg.

    Jodi, all you need to do is get people to want accuracy in their nostalgia, rather than to merely remember days that sucked less than these current days do; then you won’t seem like a pedant.

    Good luck with that.


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