Thursday, January 22, 2009

Of Facebook and Horses and Networks and Procrastination

This is Leo. Leo does not have a Facebook page. Leo is not the one procrastinating by spending hours playing around online. That would be me.

But, in my own defense, my internet addiction has led to two positive events.

1. I have become truly adept at flash room escape games.

2. I have reconnected with a very nice man who once gave me some of the best advice I've ever had with regard to horses.

I'm not going to belabor the room escape thing. You can do your own gaming at Instead I'll point out the benefits of networking.

Once upon a miserable day, I needed help. I had a brand-new horse, a pregnant mare, who I bought foundered and who was abscessing to the point where I worried that her feet would just rot off before the foal arrived. It was 1996. I was already a member of several horse forums, but this was an issue other chatty horse owners hadn't been able to address with anything but sympathy. So I searched "hoof problems in horses" and came up with a site: I posted the query under "farriers helping owners", and I waited.

Long story short, Henry Heymering, horse shoer and founder of the Journeyman Farrier's Association, came up with a plan. I applied said plan, and . . . what ho! The problem was resolved.

Facebook enters into this because another friend had lured me there some time back with a "please be my friend" offer. That forced me to set up a page which I didn't visit again (as I was not in procrastination mode) until a couple of weeks ago when I got another of those "friend" offers. The timing was perfect. I needed an excuse not to go outside or work on the books I've got percolating or clean the house. I answered the request, then killed an hour with the search utility. I was surprised to discover that familiar name. Henry was not only a Facebook presence, but a former college classmate of mine. Who knew? Neither of us remembered the other, but that doesn't matter. I can live with senility. I can't live with having to do housework.

If you're looking for something to do to while away some time, give Facebook a try. Works for me!


Anonymous said...

LOL! I thought for a minute that you were going the direction of one of those Sally Struther's commercials that show children living in squalor and ask for donations. I can still see it in my mind's eye;

This is Leo. Leo has no facebook page, and sadly, no computer, PDA, or cell phone. He is utterly unable to type- even if he wanted to...thus cannot obtain his wants or needs via the internet. Instead, he is standing outside in the snow with only a blanket to warm his heart, and depends entirely on his human (who has her own facebook!) Look deep into those pleading eyes, waiting for his next meal- or at least hoping for a cookie. Can't you please, PLEASE find it in your heart to contribute to his cause and make his world a better place? For only $100/month (less than a few cups of Starbucks!) you can ease his shame and suffering and help him get that laptop he so richly deserves...

*rolling on the floor laughing*

Joanne Friedman, Freelance Writer, ASEA Certified Equine Appraiser, Owner Gallant Hope Farm said...

Shannon, I love you! Thanks for the laugh. Leo thanks you too. when the checks come rolling in, we'll send you something special.