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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Videos are Suspended For Now

I got a notice today that someone subscribed to my Youtube videos. "Cool!" I thought at first. "Someone is interested!" So I clicked on his link to see if it was someone I knew.

If I do know this guy, I wish I didn't.

The videos he had on his favorite list and/or subscribed to were 90% porn of the strangest kind, both gay and straight. Some of the look to be of a violent nature, but I didn't care to watch any of them. Another 5% or so were teens doing nothing but being silly girls, but many of them looked like girls who could use some direction in life. Another 5% or so were concerts and the most recent videos he has added as favorites are all girls marking themselves with sharpies. (I know the math doesn't come out right, but there are only a small handful of sharpie marking videos that it wasn't worth giving it a percent.)

Why in the world he put me on his favorite list and decided to subscribe, I have no idea. There was NOTHING in my video that would give any normal man some sort of jollies and I can't really think of how a pervert would find anything worth watching. I guess this guy has a thing for sharpie markings. He definitely has a thing for extreme tattoos. That's another 15% or so. (I know...the math. I forgot about those.)

Needless to say, the guy (shoot, could be a girl, I suppose) gives me the creeps. I don't like the thought of this guy watching my videos.

The dilemma...

You know that when you put anything on the internet, anyone-anyone at all-can view it. And I knew it when I posted it.

But "everyone does it" and is it being overly cautious or extreme to never post videos and tell stories about your life publicly? We seriously could know people like this in real life and not be aware of what they do on the internet alone, so does it matter that they know us on the internet?

Is this guy just a gazer or could he be one of the very few gazers in this world who are also real-life threats?

Do you just shrug it off and say, "There are sick people in this world, but I'm going to go on with life as normal?"

Do you stop displaying things publicly and only allow people you know to read or watch?

Do you stop communicating with people who kind of make you uncomfortable but you have absolutely no reason to feel that way? What about the people you've met online that you have a good "vibe" about and enjoy their friendship? Should that make a difference?

Or do you decide that the internet truly isn't a safe place to be and you pull out of all social networks and putting on personal, day-to-day happenings in your life?

I've done the last one once before for something less creepy than this...unless those strange phone calls at work weren't a coincidence...but just figured that the odds were so, so, so slim that there would be any real-life threat. I went full-blown and started sharing my personal life online, only to be reminded of what sick things go on in this world and remembering how much it stinks that women are unfortunately the prey most of the time, or so it seems.

Does this happen on blogs that guys write? I hear about the rude, completely inappropriate, horrible, sick comments they get, but do they ever have to deal with stuff like this? Do they get comments about their wives, girlfriends, etc.? Do they worry for their wife and children and what do they do about it?

I would seriously appreciate your input on this one. Not about this blog, but posting on the internet in general. How much is too much? Where is the line between safe and paranoid? How much are you comfortable posting online and why? Do you read blogs/watch videos/visit sites with the author's personal life on display? Do you think they share too much but read it anyway?

Fellow bloggers, have YOU ever had to deal with this?

These are serious question, not "conversation starters" to generate traffic. Seriously.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Soaked Carpet and What I Did About It

A week or so ago I wrote a post about how I left the utility sink that my washer drains into plugged up after mopping my floor and then ran the washer. My carpet was sitting under half the amount of water it takes to do a load of laundry and I had the wonderful privilege of having a cold, damp, stinky house while I waited for the fan to do it's work and the carpet to be dry. Yeah. Good times. Notice I didn't use any ! marks. And I always use ! marks!

So, I posed the question, "So what am I going to do about it?" and I got a few answers. The most popular suggestion was to re-plumb the washer. Personally, I think this is a FABULOUS idea! Travis, on the other hand, well...Travis hasn't mentioned a word about it. I don't think he wants to do it.

Me do it?!?  Psh! You mean you actually want me to mess with this stuff? Have you been reading this blog very long?!? (I did fix the dishwasher and washing machine once, though! *pats self on back*)

Since re-plumbing isn't going to happen anytime soon, or so it seems, I came up with this plan:

Yes, I printed out a picture of the mess, put it on a legal-sized file folder, and wrote, "Never Fordet"


"Never Foraet"


"Never For...huh?"

G.  It's a g.

I guess I "forgot" that the file folder has a piece cut out for the label and my "g" wasn't going to fit.  Oh, well.  I know what it says and now so do you.

I posted this picture right above the utility sink.  I hope it works and that I never forget to unplug the washer again...

...or pull out the drain hose and forget to put it back in.  Yup!  Done that more times than I care to think about, too!

Monday, September 28, 2009

David Crowder Band Read This Blog!

I received a message today FROM THE DAVID CROWDER BAND on Twitter today!!! I'm not an autograph chaser...because it seems silly to me...but getting a direct message from a famous person is pretty cool!

Seems he/they/someone from the band read my blog post about how I LOVE David Crowder Band music, but can't stand the poor grammar in one of their songs. The last line of my blog post says,

David, I know it's officially illegal, but do you mind if I take out the word "might" when I sing it at church? Or should I keep that as my little secret? Please don't make me sing it, David. Please.

Well, I have been given permission to omit the word, "might" in that song when I sing it at church!!! That's going to ease this worship leader's conscience! Whew! Here's what he said:

you can omit might if you'd like. sorry for the bad texan grammar.

Cool, huh! Well, for those of you who don't know who the David Crowder Band is, here's a little video for you!

Here's someone's rendition of "Wholly Yours."

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Swimming Anyone?

I don't know if I'm weird or not...

let me try that again.

I don't know if it's just me, but this kind of humor makes me laugh so hard I almost cry...or pee my pants...or both.  

I'm trying to figure out how to use this at church, so if you have any ideas let me know!

OK.  Empty your bladder, grab a box of tissues, and hit play!

For more addicting blog posts from the swimming guy, go to his site.