So I came home from the hospital today with good news I wanted to share. I was there for a EGD scope, a procedure that looks at the upper GI tract. A post-chemotherapy PET scan had shown the original cancer in my bladder was gone — yay chemo! — but there was a suspicious area on a lymph node next to my esophagus. So they ordered the endoscopy. They removed some tissue today for a biopsy, but no malignancy was detected during the procedure.

Which was good news indeed, and I wanted to share it with the Facebook friends who have offered prayers, healing vibes, cat pictures and other forms of encouragement during my treatment for cancer.

But when I tried to log on to FB, this happened. Instead of my timeline, I got this notice:

You will notice that: (a) today is March 23; and (b) the notice says my account was locked on March 17. (It wasn’t.) Typical of FB’s slapdash handling of customer relations. So is the lack of any advance notice. You see, this isn’t my first time around the mulberry bush.

To briefly recap: I was locked out from March 2022 until late August or early September because I wasn’t able to turn on something called “Facebook Protect.” I was locked out without notice, and I was unable to find anyone at FB who could help me get back on. Then, inexplicably, six months later I inadvertently followed a link to an item on my old FB page, and bingo! There I was. Just like nothing had happened. Again, without notice and without any explanation.

Later, for a period of several weeks in December, threatening messages appeared on my timeline that my FB account would be locked unless I turned on “Facebook Protect” by Dec. 20. The deadline came and went, and nothing happened. I suspect it was some kind of hoax, but I don’t know because — typically — I was unable to contact anyone at FB to explain what was (or wasn’t) going on.

During the first two chapters of this saga, I recorded more details in two posts to Ordinary Time:

I believe my headlines tell you everything you need to know.

What’s ironic is that I suspect any fairly knowledgeable 15-year-old would know how to enable this new super-duper two-factor authentication gizmo. But as far as I can tell, it requires me to use apps or hardware that I don’t have, and my efforts off and on for the past year to find anybody at FB who can help me find a workaround have been unavailing.

Instead, when I followed the links promising “we’ll walk you through the program details and help you fully enable Facebook Protect,” I got this message:

Since I don’t have a smart-phone to receive text messages with, and I don’t know what the hell they’re talking about in the other alleged security methods, I’m back at square one.

Suffice it to say I’ve had it up to the keister with FB.


Sooner or later, I’ll probably get around figuring out what hoops they want me to jump through and get back on. Or they may inexplicably decide ha ha just foolin’ and unlock my account like they did last summer.

But for now, I’m going to take this as a sign that I’ve been spending too much time on social media. I’m going to miss the people with whom I’ve shared cat pictures and theorizing about theology, politics, hymnody and old-time string band music. And I’m going to miss keeping up with former students and old friends from East Tennessee with whom I’ve reconnected on FB. But I have enough else going on in my life right now, and I don’t need the hassle of fighting with FB added onto it.

Besides, I’ve been neglecting Ordinary Time since I got into chemotherapy. If I give FB a well-deserved rest, it’ll free up time for the blog. (I suspect I’ve been using FB as a lazy of sharing political content without giving much thought to it, and I just might be better served if I use that energy posting more political commentary and analysis to the blog instead. And who knows? Maybe movies and popular culture too. Debi and I have been watching Everything Everywhere All at Once on YouTube, and it’s a hoot!)) If any of my old FB friends are reading this, you can subscribe by clicking on the “SUBSCRIBE” button at the bottom of every post.

[Published March 23, 2023]

8 thoughts on “The saga continues — I’m locked out of Facebook again, and I’m taking it as a sign to spend more time growing the blog

  1. All these social apps make using them overly complicated. Moreover, the technical vocabulary they use is certainly not suitable for those of us who learned to type on manual typewriters!

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  2. I think this is the kind of thing that happens when you have whiz kids like Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk running big communications media without a functioning customer relations department.


    1. I despise Elon Musk! When he took over Twitter and allow free rein/open season on hateful vitriol/rhetoric, I left. I don’t understand why there are all these social media platforms that these kids use nowadays. I’ll stick to Facebook, Instagram, and, to some degree, Snapchat. I don’t have an exciting enough life to be on TikTok. 🙄

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  3. Facebook have been getting worse and worse and worse and far more obnoxious and ridiculous and frivolous over time. I would like to quit it myself, but I just don’t know how to. There are too many cat groups and people I interact with for me to leave it altogether. Also, sadly, during these terrible COVID times and living in this town where I know no one and where those I do know are at least an hour or so away, I have felt like pouring my heart out in my many and often long winded posts. Nevertheless, I sincerely hope that Debi can continue to provide us updates on your conditions on her Facebook. I’m so sorry that you have all this going on. I wouldn’t wish it on the best of people. Best of luck!


    1. Why thanks, Shoma. Nice to hear from you! I’ve felt the same way about FB, but I’m kinda thinking they’re doing me a favor by locking me out — it’s addictive!

      I’m sure Debi will provide updates, and I plan to develop the blog to be more like what I was doing on FB. We can certainly stay in touch!


    1. So am I! Thanks for helping me set it up and troubleshoot it when I get jammed up. Once I have my surgery and things settle down a little, I want to do more with the blog.

      Now that I’ve been off FB for a while, I’m finding I have *a lot* more time for other things. I made the same discovery when I “put the plug in the jug” 30 years ago, and it’s more evidence FB is addictive. I think it’s a feature, not a bug.

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