I faced up to the reality of the times I live in, and joined Facebook. I’ve made half- hearted attempts at other networking sites but soon lost interest and swore I would never try again. It seemed like a daily occurrence that I would get a request to become someone’s friend and now finally I’ll give in. ”Friend” means something special to me. It’s a cut way above acquaintance. A friend is that person you know that either through shared experiences or beliefs you can count on to come through in a pinch. I know my wife, Brenda, is my best friend. There are others that I count on and they can count on me. So now I guess the count will begin on how many friends I get through Facebook. Whoever dies with the most friends wins? It would come as no surprise to those of you who embraced Facebook some time ago that I have heard from people that I would have never guessed were part of this online society. I still have not heard from my daughter, who might be a little embarrassed that her father is venturing into this network.Be my friend...please?