Comments: They Are WHO?

It's spooky to realize that some of the folks you know from your kids' schools may be sickos. Our youngest son installs solar water heaters. A few weeks ago he informed us he'd just completed a job at a nudist colony. (I had no clue anything like that even existed here in the buckle of the Bible Belt -- and it's right up the road not forty miles outside Fort Worth.)

Anyway, Ben shared: "All these nudists are a bunch of old farts. I'm mean, they're like your age, Dad!"

"Wow, that old, eh?"

"Yeah, and the weird thing is, a bunch of them are school teachers."

"Anyone you knew, Ben?"

"Naaah, man. That would be so twisted. I just took the word of the guy we were working for that a lot of them teach school in the DFW area."

Personally, I'm just glad I was so clueless back when our kids were in school. My imagination is just too vivid to face another parent day with the knowledge that some of these folks would rather be teaching in the buff.

Posted by Bob at March 21, 2009 10:43 PM

Great. Now I have that John Anderson country song from the 80's in my head.

"Just a swangin'..."

Posted by Roses at March 22, 2009 01:12 PM

Bob- I know that everyone has their own life outside of children, but wow. Maybe I don't need to know. Heh.

Roses- Oh no. That was in my head too. As soon as she said it. It may have been more like Swahngers... or Swaihngers, but it definitely reminded of that song.

Posted by Bou at March 22, 2009 07:43 PM

I very rarely google anyone anymore.

I did, however, meet a woman a couple of weeks back. Asked her out, got her number and my phone didn't save it. I had only her first name and the fact that she worked at UT. Not her exact job, just somewhere at the University of TX.
Still, I managed to find her facebook, flicker account, linked in account, last name, daughter's name, pictures of her (and her friends), her work number, her work email, and videos she had posted on you tube. The good news is that I called her at work and saved the date.

Me, I'm 99.9% ungooglable. Even if you know my full name and where I'm from. You will find 1000x more under K-Nine, than my real name.

Oh, and I have noticed that most of the people into swinging, are not normally people you want to swing with.

Posted by K-Nine at March 23, 2009 06:59 AM

For some reason, you bring up swingers and I think back to an old episode of All In The Family where Edith invites a couple of swingers over, not understanding exactly what the modern definition of "swinging" meant.

Posted by diamond dave at March 23, 2009 03:50 PM

Here is where I should warn people...

Think of this information in the same way you do info in the newspapers. What you find on the net about people is not always true. For that matter it is FAR easier to put up lies and innuendo on the web.

There have been any number of people who have "cyber stalkers" people who are tech savvy enough to put up disinformation about someone they hate, up to and including terrible web sites with photoshopped pictures.

So if you run across some information about someone and you have no way to double check it to be sure it's true (and that would NOT be talking to another person who might have seen the same stuff online) take what you find with a big grain of salt. Confirm, confirm, confirm.

One has to even be careful of law enforcement web site information. There are many people with the same names, in the same towns, and there are often mistakes made. One of my friends is married to a guy who gets stopped at the airport every time he flies because he has the same name (and lives in the same town) with a "troublemaker". Even though he is fine and has never broken the law, that doesn't matter, the computer stops him every single time. He has even been harassed when he's gotten a ticket.

It's still the wild west out there. Skepticism is your friend.

Posted by Teresa at March 23, 2009 05:24 PM

OMG - "StAIpford Wiiife" is soooo going into my vocabulary. RIGHT NOW! That is awesome!

Posted by Richmond at March 23, 2009 05:55 PM