Puritans of the formal birthday wish would scoff at this virtual and insincere form of exchanging pleasantries. But for a guy who spends so much of his time alone staring at a computer, such "human" interaction is welcome.
Nick: "Happy Birthday Buddy."
Dave: "Many happys on your special day."
Lee: "Happy Birthday PC!!!"
And in keeping with this technological greeting, instead of replying to each and every one of these well-wishes with a written "thank you," I chose to "Like" each of them with yet another easy click of the mouse. A button on Facebook allows you to express your appreciation for something by simply clicking "Like."
This sends a response back to the sender letting them know that "Patrick Caneday likes this." Think about what I'm saving in paper, fossil fuels and government overspending by merely clicking "Like" rather than sending real thank you cards in the mail. It's my way of going green.
Justin: "Hey Birthday bud!! Hope all is well." — Like
Allison: "happy happy birthday!!!" — Like
HaroldandBillie: "Aloha and Hau'oli l?? h??nau!!!" — Like
Besides people's underuse of the comma and overuse of the exclamation mark, I wonder why so many of them are on Facebook during the workday. No wonder the economy is in the toilet. Even if they have a job, no one's working.
I didn't intend on really thinking about my birthday today, but with the constant stream of birthday wishes trickling in, it's hard not to. It makes one reflect on the years past and put things into perspective.
Scott and Kiersten: "Hey neighbor! Happy Birthday! Let's have a drink!" — Like
Chris: "Happy Birthday little bro! Hope you have a great day! I love you!" — Like