March 28, 2013

Biological Scavenger Hunt


A friend of mine posted an image today asking to help an elderly woman find her grandson, who was adopted.  It got me thinking, do you think it's possible to crowd-source this sort of thing?  And then slowly, I started to think it can't hurt to try.  I have always known I was adopted.  I've also never held out hope to learn much about my roots, so it's never been important for me to find them.  I'm also a worry wort, so to know any potential hereditary conditions also is a sort of boon.  Less for me to worry about in advance.  But, the older I get, the more I love hearing stories others collect throughout their lives.  There's a part of me that wants to hear my biological mom's, and anybody else's that I can find along the way.  So, here goes.

March 27, 2013

Do I Look Like A Goat?

Do I look like a goat?  Because I sure as hell feed the trolls.  It's been a week of weirdos, and I'm beginning to wonder what phase of the moon we're in, or what Mercury is up to.

Some of you know I keep a profile on OKCupid to have new conversations with people I wouldn't have met otherwise.  I like people, and I get to talk to all sorts this way.  I say VERY CLEARLY that I'm not looking for a romantic encounter.  I also make sure to say that in any messaging that happens.  That doesn't stop everyone from trying though.  I give you the latest example:

The Scuttlebutt in the SCOTUS

You wanna talk preserving the meaning of marriage and denying two people who love each other the right to commit to each other legally and publicly, I would like you to consider the following:

  • Kim Kardashian was married for 72 days.
  • Britney Spears was married for 55 hours
  • Larry King has been married 8 times.
  • Newt Gingrich has been married three times and participated in extra marital sex with several mistresses.
  • Rush Limbaugh got into a bit of a jam when he was detained after having an unmarked bottle of Viagra (for which he did not have a prescription) after returning home from known sex tourism hot spot, the Dominican Republic in 2006.
I'll see your DOMA and raise you a Cougar in Training.  


March 22, 2013

Recreepin'



I had an interesting few hours yesterday that I wanted to share.  I'm going to give you a play by play along with my own hindsight commentary.  The short version of the story is I had a brush with what felt like a potential creeper on 4square.  


If you're unfamiliar with the service, 4Square is a social network for social butterflies.  It's an app for your smart phone or other mobile device that allows a member to "check in" to various places.  It's very much like Facebook Places, only with its own separate app.  If you check in the most, you're the mayor.  You can have your title stolen, and you can use it to see what your friends are up to, or find places to go in your location.  It can have a dark side, however.  It's easy to see where it might be used to stalk a person, or use their information for other nefarious purposes, like robbing your house while you're away.  I've generally had pretty good luck with the service and enjoy it as the game that it is.  Some people, however, don't quite have the same playbook I do.  This is the story of one such user.