FRIENDS … Romans and Countrymen

Friends Romans and
BobLee
January12/ 2021

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January 12, 2021

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FRIENDS … Romans & Countrymen

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This has absolutely nothing to do with Romans or Countrymen.  It is all about the much-maligned and totally bastardized concept of “Friends”.

I really really disapprove of kidnapping words for ulterior meanings.   The word “gay” for instance.  A perfectly delighful word that for centuries meant “care-freeing … happy … merry”.  It appears with that meaning in the Alma Mater of Univ of Virginia.

Then one day it suddenly referred to a male-to-male sexual preference and whatever Kama Sutra images that conjures up.

Why couldn’t the male homosexual community have created a new word to give themselves a group identity?  Their female counterparts went to Homer’s Odyssey and the Island of Lesbos for their team’s name.

I wonder if “Gays” might consider changing their team name to … … maybe “Redskins”.  I hear that is available.  Probably not.

NOTE:  My dear departed friend Prince Albert would have LOVED that last line.  I sure do miss that guy.

Oh well … this commentary is NOT about the umpteen sexual preferences that are proliferating in our ever proliferatin’ society.  It is about “Friends”.

If you google “Friends” for an image to use for a column like this, 99% of those images relate to the popular TV show about six goofy millennials in NYC?

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I currently have over 4,500 “Friends” on Facebook.  Of those 4,500, I might actually “know” 25 … 40 max.   The rest of those “friends” are simply names on a monitor screen with little avatars that may or may not be “them”.

I decline Friend requests from Croatian hookers and Nicaraguan lingerie models … and any/all from Sub-Saharan Africa.  Am I the only one that gets A LOT of those requests?

FYI:  “Lexi” is a popular name among Croatian hookers.  “Mia” with Nicaraguan lingerie models.  Vowels are rare in Sub-Saharan Africa.

My “incredibly insightful postings” actually reach multi 1,00os more than just those 4,500 via a handful of “groups” I am in.  All of whose member lists are probably in an FBI / CIA data base in John “Blofeld” Brennan’s subterranean lair.

One such group had in excess of 100,000 members or “did” before Zuckerberg’s toadies started deleting them. I use the call-sign “Willie Brown” thinking Kamala The Razor-totin’ Woman might give me a pass.  Ya never know.

95%+ of those 4,500 Friends share or pretend to share my aberrant socio-cultural leanings.  Mark Zuckerberg – Earth’s Self-Acclaimed Co-Censor along with Jack “Rasputin” Dorsey – created the Unfriend and the BLOCK buttons for zapping “trolls”.

A sure sign you’ve hooked a “troll” is if he/she/it refers to you as “you stupid Trumpy  mutha-f*****” when replying to your post.  My “Personal Best” for Unfriending/Blocking a troll is 7 seconds.  I’m walking up to Life’s 18th Tee … I DO NOT have time to waste with potty-mouthed Facebook trolls.

I enjoy interacting with my virtual Facebook FriendsAS I DO WITH YOU … YOU … & YOU – but even among that 25-40 I actually “know”, 99.7% of’em do not rise to the level of “if you need a kidney, call me” nor would I call them if I needed one. I wish Czar Zuckerberg would call “them” something else.  Maybe “Redskins” if the “gays”don’t take that one.  I have 4,500+ Redskins on Facebook sounds kind of cool… no?

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There were 252 give/take in my high school graduating class of which about 60% are still fogging mirrors somewhere.  I count about 30+ of those as Friends on various levels.  Another 35 or so I remember as quasi-acquaintances.  All the rest are probably very nice people but I really don’t know”.

To my knowledge I made no “enemies” in high school or in my hometown.  At least not from my standpoint.  Perhaps my current fame as an Internet Legend has sparked some jealousy.  I doubt it.

Happy Days

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In college 50+ years ago… I knew maybe a 100 folks mostly jocks and dorm guys.  I was not in a fraternity so no Brothers For Life bonding.  Again, no enemies but not everyone I “knew” reached the level of “friend” by my criteria.   Nor would I expect to qualify by their criteria.  MAYBE 15 or so “friends” I sort of keep up with.  Not any “need a kidney” types among them.

I should remind you that I am NOT “a people person”.  I did pretend I was in a job interview when I was 26.  My life experiences have convinced me that at least 88% of self-described “people persons” aren’t really.

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I was a corporate nomad for 20 years.  Chasing rainbows and making $$$ for executive headhunters.  Met a lot of people.  Still keep up with a precious few like “Princess Fairmont” and “Handsome Bobby”.  I remember the characters more than the normal folks.   Why is that?

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We stopped sending Christmas cards 8-10 years ago so that way to count “how many friends do I have” is out-of-date.  A year ago I had 9 friends that were certified Trump-hatin’ Liberal Democrats.  That list was whittled down to 5 around June and is down to 3 now.  Only One of those three has a Lifetime Guarantee.

One of my main criteria is We both look forward to every time we see or talk to one another … and always enjoy each time we do.   I have other criteria but that is a key one.

I called Lifetime Guarantee Guy last week updating him on a HS classmate’s medical situation.  We chatted for over an hour with only a passing reference to How long before America joins Carthage in History’s Landfill ?

Blondie came in towards the end … sensing my enthusiasm she mouthed “Coby or Leo?”  “Coby” I said.  She smiled very proud of herself for being so clever. “Tell him I said Hi.” … “Blondie says HI” … “Hi Blondie”… .  Leo had called and left a voice mail while I was taking with Coby. It was a Two Friend Day!

Maybe you claim 100s of Friends.  Maybe you are envious I have so many ? I doubt that.  We probably have different definitions of Friends.  That’s OK.

GUESS WHAT? ... if you are a masochist and/or have a well-developed sense of humor, you might enjoy those awesomely popular Facebook posts I mentioned.  Three months worth -Nov / Dec / Jan – are in folders on the Home Page.  You can’t miss’em.

Q: BobLee, are they politically partisan?   … A: Hell Yes.

As Always … Lots More BobLeeSays – HERE

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Queen City
Queen City
3 months ago

Most of my best friends today are relationships formed in college or H.S which was in the pre cell-phone or ineterweb or interface age. Our common interests were normally sports related, getting a date, cars, but rarely politics. I do find it ironic that my these same core friends share my current political leaning and others simply don’t care. I am so glad we didn’t have social media when I was in my teens or twenties. Love your blog! Will you be moving to MeWe or Parler?

CNR
CNR
3 months ago

Your writings may seem to be simple musings but are also admonishing us to “Think readers. . . .Think!” . As much as I enjoy the musings, so do I appreciate the comments. Each gives me a reason to think, think, and think again. . We good Jesuits (there are also evil Jesuits) often exhorted our students, “Think boys. . . .Think!. Whether it be the daily vocabulary quiz, pounding home Latin declensions, following Caesar’s Gallic Wars as freshmen or Virgil’s Aeneid as juniors; “Think boys. . . .Think!” . Thanks be to God that you are near premier orb… Read more »

iratepyrate
iratepyrate
3 months ago

Regarding friends who are “certified Trump-haters”: I can narrow my list down to probably four of them. All four are not individuals I sought out on my own, but life’s circumstances (wife, family, work, etc.) threw them in my path. A couple of are in-laws and one is a co-worker. . Absolutely wonderful, salt of the earth folks that you have no problems inviting to your house for dinner. Unfortunately, they have their brains screwed in against the thread when it comes to the “State of Things” in our nation today. . One of them is even a registered Republican… Read more »

EM.75
3 months ago

You mentioned that “Albert” was always amazed at “the stuff you come up with”. He would REALLY have a time with this one.

KEITH SPENCE
3 months ago

As a fellow Kinstonian, I can assure you that you’re hometown fame is as great as Jerry Stackhouse, Brandon Ingram, Cornbread Maxwell, Maceo Parker, or Little Eva. Heck. you might even be on the same level as Vivian Howard!

KEITH SPENCE
3 months ago
Reply to  BobLee

Ok. Perhaps I exaggerated a little.

RowdyBlueTarHeeler
RowdyBlueTarHeeler
3 months ago

i wish/hope to be in the select group of friends.

former96heel
former96heel
3 months ago

I’ve spent many hours driving, thinking about the number of friends or relationships we can handle correctly at any moment or in life. Men seem to be able to see an old friend, and jump back into the fold very easily it seems. If you ran into one of the 15 from college you haven’t seen in a long time, you would quickly catch up and be pretty close to the level of friendship you were oh so many years ago. Normally, something like politics would not even breach the conversation. . I keep coming back to 50 as the… Read more »

Baby Boomer Rick
Baby Boomer Rick
3 months ago

I’m expecting any day now for funeral homes to offer “Zoom” videoconferencing funerals. Surprised someone hasn’t thought of it yet. Instead of “friends” hows about “Useful Acquaintances” Long name; maybe we just call them “UA’s”.

Doug
Doug
3 months ago

My simple and (almost) foolproof friend test. Would you invite that person into your home today? Twice?

Joco Bob
Joco Bob
3 months ago

When I was doing the newspaper nomad thing lived for some time in Clinton NC. Maybe the best place I ever lived too. While there in the 70’s and 80’s there was a very nice men’s clothing shop where I and others needing dress apparel shopped named Gay’s Men Store. Owned by Bernie Gay. Store closed some many years ago when owner passed on. Not sure how Bernie would handle the store name today?

TarSpartan
TarSpartan
3 months ago

One of the things I wish made the transition from British to American English is they way they refer to friends. Someone you know, but not very well is a bloke. Someone you barely know is a chap. A good friend is a mate. Etc.

Jack.Hickory
3 months ago

In my version of your phone call scenario … I spit up my drink on my keyboard … and My Blondie calls out from the next room … “So what did BobLee say this time?”
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Redskins … Croatian hookers … Nicaraguan lingerie models … “Blofeld” Brennan … etc etc…
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I am depending on YOU to get me thru The Very Dark Days Ahead.

Deacon
3 months ago

” I wish Czar Zuckerberg would call “them” something else.”

I have been trying to find a title for that little ( …..) !!
now i have it.
thanks

DM Carpenter
DM Carpenter
3 months ago

Clever tag list.

I prefer dogs to many people.

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