Social Networking

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
You know, sometimes I wonder why I bother with on-line apps like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. At their best, they're a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, but at their worst, they're a huge pain in my ass and they compromise my privacy. Since Hot Chicks Dig Smart Men is my online home, I have to wonder why I spend time on them.

Well, I'll tell you why. My friend, Matt-chew.

Matt and I served together on the USS JASON in the 90's. We were great friends, and he was one of the most intelligent, funny and interesting people I've ever known. We kept in touch after he left the JASON, but then due to some life changes (for both of us), we lost touch.

That bothered me, and I've been looking for him on-line for a number of years, periodically searching using Google, Facebook, LinkedIn - whatever I could think of. And last night, I found success. Matt recently got himself an on-line presence, and I tracked him down like a dog. A lost dog, whose family missed him.

So yeah, Facebook is a time-suck that offers minimal value for the time spent. But I'm okay with that.

Say hello to the UCF, Matt, and welcome to our world. I'm glad you're found.

21 comments:

The Mechanicky Gal said...

Do I know Matt?

Janiece said...

I don't think so. He left before you came on board. He was one of our JO's.

neurondoc said...

Hi Matt. The UCF is mostly harmless... (bwhahaha)

MWT said...

Hi Matt.

Heh, funnily enough, UCFer Matt is using the name Mattchew for his Mafia Wars don. Different Matts though (I assume). ;)

Carol Elaine said...

Hi Matt! I promise the UCF doesn't bite...unless you want us to.

Jim Wright said...

A JO? I wondered what that smell was - sort of like bubblegum and fear.

Bah.

Welcome aboard, Matt, now go get me a cup of coffee.

Eric said...

Mostly harmless? ND, have you been keeping track of any of our comment threads? Specifically, have you been reading Janiece's comment threads? She's a shill for the Martian drug industry or something like that. Awful, awful, awful.

So, Matt: was Janiece in the thrall of the alien pill-pushers when she was in the Navy or did that happen after she left? This isn't all some sort of "Philadelphia Experiment" thing where y'all tested an anti-radar device and ended up being replaced by Red Lectoids or something, is it?

mattw said...

Hi Matt!

Signed,
Matt

(Weird. Considering I did use Mattchew (an old childhood nickname) for my Mafia Wars handle, does that make the two of us the nexus of the universe or something?)

matt said...

Gee everyone, thanks for the greetings. For those of you who were welcoming, I respond in kind, and thank you. As for those of you who were less than kind or had questions . . .

Jim, though I do work for Starbucks, it is my belief that you should examine a caffeine free lifestyle. You see, caffeine intensifies your personality . . . Bad news for pricks. I'm not judging, I'm just sayin' . . .

Eric, yes we were assimilated into an alien conciousness in 1991 and are hell bent on world domination. Our plan is to dumb down the human race and treat you all as cattle. So far, we're winning handily . . . How else do you explain W? (Yes, Cheney is one of us. Sometimes he DID have to stick his hand up W's ass and speak for him during tv appearances) By the way, you have not been approved for assimilation, and we know where you live, Mr. Smartass, so prepare for anal probing followed by vaporization.

Matt, sorry pal but we are not the nexus of anything. Let's just be buddies of the blogosphere.

Thanks again all and I'll see you around (Eric, sooner than you might think).

ntsc said...

I don't have a clue as to who you are, who these people are or what UCF is, and have no need to know - in a security sense.

However they have great blogs.

Me, I make sausage, or this past month pickles.

http://blog.charcuteire.com

Janiece said...

Jim, be nice to Matt. He was our Journalist, not our Junior Officer. Insisted on deploying with a bunch of Marines during ODS, because that's what combat journalists do.

Hi, Matt! You can ignore Jim - he's our resident curmudgeon, and telling JO's to get his coffee is just one of his many retired CWO4 quirks. Trust me when I tell you that we already know he's an asshole, but he does in fact have a chewy center and a decent blog you would enjoy following.

And I don't see why you had to the cat out of the bag ON THE FIRST DAY. Not very discreet, are you??

kimby said...

Hi there Matt! Neurondoc was correct in her statement that we (the UCF) are Mostly harmless. I see you have already met Jim, and yet are still around! Welcome to the blogosphere.

WendyB_09 said...

Hi Matt.
Welcome to our little corner of the world. Well, most of the time anyway, Janiece and Jim tend to leak out from time to time, then the unwashed masses follow them back home and we need a lot of bleach to clean up the mess.

Sooner or later my brudder will show up (dr_phil_physics), he can be a little opinionated as well. So is, oh wait, as you'll soon find out we ALL have that thinking problem going on around here, it's fun!!

So say we all!

Janiece said...

Yeah, that whole independent thinking and critical thought thing is over-rated.

Why do we do that again?

And would you quit calling me a crazy-magnet? Am not, am not!

WendyB_09 said...

Me thinks thee doth protesteth too much...

Anne C. said...

"Red Lectoids"

Bwah! I never hear those references in casual conversation. Trust Eric to know it. Or should I say... JOHN?

neurondoc said...

(Yes, Cheney is one of us. Sometimes he DID have to stick his hand up W's ass and speak for him during tv appearances)

My brain (and eyeballs) need some bleach to get rid of that image. And I have a strong stomach. Clearly you'll fit right in with the weirdos.

(Hey who are you calling a weirdo?)

Random Michelle K said...

Greetings and Salutations.

Keep a couple things in mind:
1) It was all Jim's idea
2) It's all Nathan's fault
3) I fucking hate zombies
4) Keep Eric way from the pygmy marmosets

Now you're good to go.

vince said...

Hi Matt! All the crazies hang out here, but since you know Janiece, you probably already figured that out.

Me?

I just like watching the crap stirred up by all the crazies. I'm not, like, actually crazy myself.

Nathan said...

Hi there Matt guy who knew Janiece whenever that was and isn't afraid to admit it publicly now!

BTW, Jim's only a pretend dick. We'll be sure to let you know when one of the genuine articles shows up. (Actually, Janiece tends to beat us to the punch, but sometimes it's hard to tell because she's always so polite and girly about it. I mean how can you tell she's serious when the worst she's willing to say to someone is that they're being a poopey-head.)

Janiece said...

Yeah, Nathan's right. I have become girly and coquettish in my middle age. Never willing to call people out on their bad behavior...

::snirk::