Josef: Unplugged Since I just turned Forty, I'm going to "Unplug" from social media for the rest of the month.  I'll still be writing, and WordPress will still post for me on Facebook and Twitter, so you'll still be able to see my life and thoughts.    

Even Vader needs a break from Social Media.

  Only once before have I taken off from social media.  I found it hard to not want to just pick up my iPhone and take a quick peek.  I managed to last an entire month, which was my goal.  This time around I just want to have a chance to clear my head, enjoy my surroundings, and get more inspiration for my writings.  

The Champ!

  Ten years ago, on my thirtieth birthday, my wife gave me 24 hours of solitude as a gift.  I had requested a full day of no one around.  Just me.  As loving as she is, she packed up the kids and took off overnight.  Never before had I felt so lonely.  It took all my effort not to call her to say goodnight to her and our children.  As strange as it may sound to want 24 hours of solitude, I grew as a person.  It made me realize that I need people in my life.  I need people who I care about to be around.   I care about you all and I hope that you all care for me as well.  Thank you again for all the birthday wishes, text messages and phone calls.  You guys rock.  See you in April!
Meme  

“Idiots doing idiot things, because they’re idiots.” — Archer

The Internet is filled with these fantastic things called memes (Is that pronounced mee-mee or mehm?  Either way, they're fun).  There's a meme for everything.  And if not, there are sites were you can make your own like Make a meme.  Not all memes are funny.  Some are downright offensive.  Others r two stoopid 4 werds.  When I first started using Pinterest, I found these fun images created on someecards that I enjoyed sharing through texts to friends.  

I wish it weren't true.

  For a while before memes and someecards, demotivational posters were the best thing to hit the Internet.  I actively searched those out to share.  Gotta love a good demotivational poster to bring life back into perspective.  

One day I will achieve this level of awesome.

A few years ago, my Facebook feed was filled with humorous Star Wars pictures that I would post or that friends would post for me.  I must have seen every possible Star Wars related image on the internet available at that time.  I am often still tagged in almost anything Star Wars.  I love it.  It means the people I'm friends with know my passion for this universe and think of me whenever they see anything Star Wars related. offended I don't usually remove a tag from a post because it isn't my sense of humor.  I will remove a tag if I really don't think my children should see it, since they are getting to an age of internet presence.  I am aware that some people have a lifestyle or image that they want to keep clean in social media land.  I also try not to post offensive imagery for the general public to see.  I save those images for texts or private messages.  For the most part I know what I can send people, but sometimes, I cross the line.  (Sorry, not sorry.) Please keep sharing the fun and maybe next time I can discuss gifs.
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My first gif to you.