Finally on Facebook

It only took 5 years, but my lovely wife Gail is finally on Facebook.

And contrary to what you might think, I didn’t have to convince her to do it.  In fact, it was her own volition!

It’s not a secret that Gail and I are quite different in many ways.  She knows how to cook.  I know how to eat.  I love to play sports.  She loves to play shopping.  She has fashion sense.  I’m still wearing clothes from grade 8.

And when it came to social networking, Gail didn’t want to have anything to do with it.  “Why do you have to tell people what we’re doing?” she would ask.  “They don’t care!”

“People do indeed care” would be my common answer.  “And if they don’t, then they don’t have to be my friend or follow me.”

At public gatherings like a youth ministry event or teachers’ conference, people meeting Gail for the first time would say to her:  “Oh, I know all about your family through Facebook.”

So that’s how it went for the last half-decade:  I would write a blog or make a video, and Gail would be forced to read it or watch it.  Sometimes, she would be proud.  Other times she would be embarrassed.  But no matter what, she would always support me.

Then, on October 30, the seed was planted.

We left the kids at Jason and Joanna’s place for their annual pumpkin carving evening and we did what we usually do when we’re alone…we went to a movie!  After soliciting a bit of advice (on Facebook and Twitter no-less), we ended up watching The Social Network.

As an avid Facebook user I was fascinated by the story, whereas Gail was likely fascinated by Justin Timberlake.  In any event, we both loved the show…albeit for different reasons.  In all seriousness, Gail found the show extremely interesting.

Over the ensuing months, Gail would often ask me to look up a few of her friends on Facebook so she could see what they were up to.  Whether it was news of a new place or pictures of a new child, it was a convenient way to see what people were up to.

Then just last week, one of her elementary school friends posted a picture of their grade 4 class from Immaculate Conception Academy in Manila.  The photo owner took the time and energy to tag as many of the students as she could, defaulting to the spouse if someone didn’t have a Facebook account.  Thus, the tall girl in the 2nd row with the long pig-tails is tagged as “Clayton Imoo.”

Sure enough, I started to get a few friend requests from Gail’s classmates who were hoping to reconnect with Gail after 25 years.  While I certainly didn’t mind passing on the messages or letting Gail reply via my account (after all, I’ve subjected her to my blogs and videos for the past few years), Gail must have sensed that there was an easier way.

So on Sunday, February 27 she did the previously unthinkable:  she asked me to set-up a Facebook account for her.

I announced the historic decision by updating my Facebook status to read:  “Yes, it’s true. A certain lovely wife of mine…someone who has adamantly refused to set up a Facebook account…is willing to explore the world of social networking. Welcome Gail Limtong Imoo!!! 

As expected, within 24 hours Gail had close to 3 dozen friends.  In giving her a couple of short tutorials, I realized that Facebook can actually seem quite complicated.  It may seem second-nature to experienced users, but between the different types of notifications, the different tabs, the different display options and the different privacy settings, it may certainly seem daunting to a Facebook rookie!

Gail looked at my friends’ list and incredulously asked me “Do you know EVERYONE on your list?”

I sheepishly answered “Most of them.”

“Then why do you…”

I cut her off as politely as I could, careful not to get sent to the bathroom for time-out.  “Of course I know them…although a few of them I’ve only met once.”

As I post this blog, Gail is still not totally convinced of Facebook’s merits.  It will be interesting to see how much she uses it over the next few weeks.

As for me…now that she is on Facebook…I’ll be thinking twice about posting certain things.  :p

Jacob’s First Communion

Get Jake’s insight both before and after receiving his First Communion on February 26, 2011 at St. Paul Parish.

You’ll see that he was very excited before Mass…so much so that he got dressed up 4 hours before we had to leave. You’ll see Sean and Kayla’s words of encouragement as well as a surprising change in dinner plans.

Music is Matt Maher’s “Remembrance (Communion Song) from Alive Again.

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Comedy Hour at Costco

Our usually uneventful bi-weekly visit to the Richmond Costco was spruced up today by a bunch of comedic incidents that I either observed or was part of:

-within 5 minutes of entering the store, I witnessed 2 “shopping cart accidents.”  The first was a head-on collision; the second was a single-cart accident as a lady cut a corner way too aggressively.  As I usually do when I experience something funny, I went to Twitter and tweeted:  “At Costco & bad driving isn’t limited to the parking lot: I’ve already seen 2 shopping cart accidents inside. And we’ve been here 5 minutes.”  I received 2 immediate responses, both of them correctly guessing that I was at the Richmond location…haha.

-Jake, who along with Sean was wearing his Heelys (runners with a wheel in the heel), took a header in the bakery, barely avoiding going head-first into a stack of bread.  Thank goodness we weren’t on the Superstore ramp!

-as we made our way through the fridges in the middle section, I saw a guy drop a bucket of sour cream on the concrete, and its contents shot up all over his jeans.  The impact was so powerful that some actually hit Kayla, who was a good 10 feet away.  Gail, the nurturing woman that she is, quickly grabbed some of Kayla’s wipes and offered some to sour cream-covered gentleman.  Meanwhile…I, being not-so-nurturing, could barely contain my laughter.  “Maybe you can start a new fashion trend” I said to our new friend as he grabbed another container from the fridge.  He managed a smile between wipes.

-a couple of minutes later, Gail and Kayla grabbed some yogurt samples from one of the kiosks.  Wanting some as well, Jake skated up to Gail, grabbed her back, and asked her where she got the yogurt.  Except when the lady turned around to face him, it wasn’t Gail!  Perhaps still feeling the effects of his wipe-out, Jake had actually asked another Asian woman with long black hair and wearing a black jacket and jeans.  To her credit, the stranger smiled and pointed out where Jake could get the yogurt.  Jake sheepishly grabbed a sample while Sean and I whooped it up.

-while we were paying, I noticed Mr. Sour Cream at the checkout beside us.  As the employee scanned his container of sour cream, it slipped out of her hand and fell to the concrete…splattering all over the ground.  As the employee apologized, the customer adamantly declared “Forget it, the sour cream is cursed…I don’t want it anymore.”  Having seen 2 containers explode within 30 minutes, I could feel his pain.

-as we ate our yummy lunch of hot dogs, chicken strips and pizza, Jake slipped and nearly smacked himself against our table.  I told him that his Heely-ing skills were rusty. 

So in 60 minutes I saw Jake wipe out twice, sour cream exploding twice, a couple of shopping cart accidents, and a case of mistaken identity.

Can’t wait to see what happens at Superstore next weekend!

CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary for February 13, 2011: An Outsider’s Perspective

I was curious to get an “outsider’s perspective” as to how well the Vancouver Canucks are playing right now.  So this CCC features special guest John Angotti: a singer/songwriter from Memphis, Tennessee.  

John is a big sports fan, but has only been to one NHL game live (a Pittsburgh Penguin game back in the day).  So I took him to the Canucks-Flames game this past Saturday night to get his opinion on our team.

You’ll see that John was quite excited and had plenty to say about the Canucks.  Hear his expertise and analysis on:

-our powerplay
-Roberto Luongo
-our hitting (or lack thereof)
-the national anthem
-the crowd

You’ll quickly see that of the 5 topics listed above, John seems very interested in one of them above else.  And this strategy, according to John, is the key to a successful Canuck playoff run.

Music is “Hockey Night in Canada” recorded by Naturally 7 on their CD “VocalPlay.” (www.naturallyseven.com)

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CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary for February 8, 2011: Avoiding the Fall

This quick CCC comes to you from Niagara Falls, Ontario. Filmed at an outdoor skating rink (Rink at the Brink), I draw a quick analogy to the Vancouver Canucks sitting atop the NHL Standings and other teams hoping that they will fall…especially given the injuries to Alex Edler and now Keith Ballard.

I didn’t bring my Mac on the trip…hence the old school Windows Movie Maker movie. Thanks to Colm from Saskatoon for filming for me!

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