Just over a month ago I finally gave into the pressure of friends and family nagging me to join facebook. Don't get me wrong, I totally understand the benefits of social networking - you get out of it what you put into it. After just a couple of days, I had decided facebook was a really easy way to keep up with the daily happenings in everyone's lives (and blogs) by viewing just one page. However, I was totally unaware of what was lurking behind some of those facebook's applications. More specifically.....games!
I've never been a game player except for the one time in my life I owned and played with great fervor every version of The Sims. Oh, yeah. I was totally addicted and thought of nothing but getting home from work to build my neighborhood or send my characters on vacation. This is hard to admit, but I even built a torture chamber without doors and windows and watched different characters go potty without the benefit of a toilet and eventually die from lack of food just so I would have ghosts who haunted the house I had so lovingly furnished. Yep.
Now....it's Farmville!!! I can not stop plowing, planting and harvesting. I am obsessed! I check my facebook homepage 3 or 4.....no, make that at least 10 times every single day just to see if any of my friends who also play have sent me a gift. I sit here and literally giggle with anticipation as I open a mystery box. Will I get an exotic fruit tree, a cow or maybe a horseshoe which will help me to finally complete that frickin' stable? I plant fruits and vegetables with one mission only in mind...getting to the next level just to have the opportunity of the newest items "unlocked" at my disposal.
Oh no, it just doesn't stop there. I finally found 10 friends who thought well enough of my offer to join me as a neighbor. I visit my neighbors' farms twice a day just to fertilize their crops and feed their chickens. Will I find fuel, a collectible or the coveted mystery egg? Regardless of any special finds, I'm accumulating points. Points where I can shop with the one-click convenience to beautify my farm.
Wanna see? Click photo to biggify.
This is just one side of my lovely farm that keeps me from having to deal with real life situations. Look, I have green sheep, gray horses and a Saanens goat which should be renamed Satan's goat for luring me into such a world. Oh, and the tractor, do you have any idea how long I played just to be able to afford that baby? Get this, now that I have it, I swear don't know how to use it. Even more sad is when I found out I could not use the bicycle I purchased to ride around my farm when harvesting my fruit and nut trees. Uh, huh.
I may need an intervention. Or maybe just a few more neighbors. No, really, if you play Farmville and are looking for a dedicated neighbor, please invite me. My facebook user name is MeMe King. If you just want to add me as a friend, that's okay too. I promise, I won't annoy you with any Farmville posts like whenever I find an uncommon butterfly while picking cherries.
Last night I found this.....
Well, I'd say that about sums it up. I don't know whether to laugh or to cry.
NOTE: I won't be around today or tomorrow. I'm going out to watch my son race his motorcycle around the track at speeds which exceed 190 mph. Then I'm returning to Tucson with them for a much needed night with my family. I promise, I will catch up with you all later on Monday! Oh, just in case you were wondering, my family has plenty of computers for me to keep an eye on the farm while I'm gone.