I wanted to share a list of the top 20 search engine terms that people have used and wound up at my blog this year. Most of the search terms from my blog are unknown, but these were actually recorded and tracked by WordPress .
I want to start a new trend: #fff or Flash Forward Friday.
This past weekend I found out on Facebook that the accompanist for our choir had died. The school that the choir is affiliated with posted it on their business page, and I stumbled upon it last Saturday night. Our section leader was very upset about the circumstances of our accompanist’s death being announced on Facebook before they told our choir.
I tried to quit Facebook twice last year, but came back, much to the chagrin of all of my friends who made fun of me for leaving. I quit because I was wasting too much time. My downfall is constantly checking the news feed for fun pictures, weird news stories, and things that will make me laugh. Fortunately there are places like Instagram, Twitter, and Reddit that satisfy all of those needs, but I digress. I was also spending too much time discussing with friends and family things I saw on Facebook, i.e. vaguebooking, snark, misinformed political information, and unwarranted negativity.
If you have been on the internet this week, you may have seen this Craigslist add entitled Some asshole moved out of my complex and left their cat to die. Help. (Lefferts Gardens):
Then, you may have seen this repost entitled Abandoned Cat in Brooklyn – UPDATE
If you were even luckier, you got ahold of these posts from Reddit:
My, my, what an ordeal!
This is the subway stop I live off of, and there are two thoughts that I have pondered since this happened:
1. There are a ton of strays in our neighborhood. In fact, I fall asleep each night to the lovely sound of cats copulating behind our building. Is possible that these cats were feral and someone let them inside just to get them out of the cold as the temps dropped to below zero?
2. Maybe they were someone’s cats, and there was an emergency and they had to vacate immediately. I have done work in the past with a domestic violence shelter wherein once a person calls for help, they are whisked away immediately, and have to leave their world behind, including their animals. Could it have been a similar situation?
This brings me to the point of this post. We have NO IDEA why those cats were there. The original poster on Craigslist was only trying to help and assumed it was an asshole ex-tenant, which then led people on the tirade. The crazy vitriol I have seen particularly on FB, has left me a little crazy in the head.
Here are some FB comments that I happened upon that are pretty frank about how the writers feel about the supposed owner. You can click on them to make them larger for reading purposes.
Death? You really believe this alleged cat abandoner should die a painful death? AND you would post that on a public forum?? Why are people so damned negative? Why can’t people exercise critical thinking?
One of my favorite pastimes is reading crazy comments in threads on FB and news articles, so this has been a great week for me. You can learn a lot about people by doing this! You also learn that people will say the cruelest shit and not care. Isn’t there any decorum left?
Well there is. I collected a couple of those posts as well:
Finally! A couple of people who seem like they used their noggin!
I applaud you Craigslist poster! Welcome to New York, and thank you for being a decent human being!
I hope it all works out, and if there was an actual asshole who abandoned their pets, I hope you are doing OK, and I mean that. No one actually seems to care about what is happening in your life and they are all assuming you are a jerk. Well we all know what happens when you assume.
I will leave you with three of my favorite comments on this matter. Have a great weekend!