I'm usually one of the last people to jump on the bandwagon when it comes to getting involved with an "on-line community." I remember reluctantly joining Friendster baaaack in the day only after several friends of mine prodded me to do it. Even still, it must've taken me a whole year before I actually accessed that account again. I probably gained just about 250+ friends before I got over it. Myspace and Xanga came next, and just this year I got hooked on Facebook. I've also hopped on board other sites like Multiply and WAYN, but rarely do anything with those.
I'm not sure what it is about these things, but for some reason I always find myself getting sucked in. My latest stint with Facebook has probably been the best experience so far since it 1) isn't a complete skank-fest like Myspace, and 2) I've re-connected with a good number of elementary and high school friends whom I haven't been in contact with for many years. So in that respect, joing FB has been awesome.
Just this week, however, I decided to re-hash an old account I had started years back with eBay. Mind you, I never got into the whole eBay craze that hit the web a while back. While all my friends were buying and selling on-line, I kept away from it. I don't know what possessed me to toy with the site this past week.
So I started bidding on certain things on eBay, and then I'd lose to some freak-bidder at the last second. The first time it happened, I was like, "Eh, whatever... win some, lose some." The second time it happened I wanted to pull my hair out. The third time it happened, I felt like going insane! I was being consumed by an incessant need to "win."
In the past night or so, I even stayed up to monitor another bid that I had in motion. I was not going to let this one go. My eyes were bloodshot, hands shaking, and I was doing everything I could to fight the sleep that wanted to set in. And just when it came down to the last seconds of the auction, I used all I had learned from my past losses and went in their to do the damn thing... and -- I EFFIN' WON! VICTORY WAS MINE! MUWAHAHAAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAH!
Next thing you know, I crashed. Hard.
When I woke-up, I didn't even realize what I had done until I looked at my email and saw a "win" confirmation from eBay. I opened the email to find out what it was that I bought, and it was... eh, I'll spare you the details. Now that I think about it, I'm kind of embarrassed to say it. But whatever. What you don't know won't hurt you. (It burned $325 in my pocket, but again, what you don't know won't hurt you. *grin*)
Note to self: Do not give in to the self-deprecating debilitation of emo purchasing on eBay (*ahem* ...while drunk. Oops. Guess I left that part out. Teehee.). You never know what'll come out of it.
1 year ago