Tomorrow would have been my father’s 80th birthday. And it is also the day when I’ll be hitting the ‘delete’ button on my Facebook profile.

This will actually be the second time that I’ve done so. I was originally on Facebook from 2007 to 2015, before deciding that I needed to get away from that place. I reluctantly rejoined in 2016 after it became clear that some of my friend just weren’t online anywhere else, and because I thought I should have a presence on there for work purposes.

But it has become apparent over the last year or so that not only had the causes of my earlier departure not been alleviated, but the rot ran even deeper than I could have imagined.

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I recently did an audit of what spare USB and other cables I had. It turned out I had a lot of extra cables, most of them for items that I’d disposed of years ago (to recycling, of course.) In the end, I kept one of each cable that matched one I’m currently using with a peripheral attached to my computer, and took the rest down to the local recycling centre.

The worst part of all that excess? I was terrible at putting cables back into the box where they were supposed to go, so they ended up in odd corners getting in the way.

So 2018 is now in the rear-view mirror—and good riddance to it. While I did make some progress on personal stuff last year, it was overshadowed by my Dad’s terminal illness and the stress and strain of caring for him.

He passed away peacefully in the early hours of the 22nd December, at home with his family around him, as he had wished.

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