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Old 08-11-2012, 12:31 PM   #21
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Methinks Teddy is ambidextrous. However, he's not that intimidating as he has no thumbs.
Hey, Teddy is the name of one of my Sheltie rescue dogs (thus the "rescueme" name).

He has "nails" - no thumbs, - no, "something".

And as a rescue (6 years old currently), but rescued/nutered at the age of 3, he still is "imitidating" to most dogs (including our "old gal" of 10).

Sounds a bit like me - "I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm good once as I ever was"...

Yeah, I include myself in that statement...
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Old 08-11-2012, 12:45 PM   #22
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I have often thought that if my cats had thumbs, they would be truly dangerous.
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And then, and then, there are those who surf but with their cloaking device turned on. Yes, I am talkin' to you, you lurkers who know who you are.
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Old 08-11-2012, 12:48 PM   #24
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but I need to ask... does it ever bother you when you see that there are 300-400 "guests" online here reading or lurking? Sometimes I start an answer with some possibly semi-identifying info like my city or type of work and then I see the number of guests and delete it. Or I think of posting a pic, even of my pets, and then delete it. I guess it's the introvert in me.
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It would bother me if I didn't keep my personal info somewhat vague. Plus none of us use our real names.
"Security through obscurity."

The reality is that it's not about you. It's not about me. Nobody cares specifically about you. It's about the lurkers (and the readers and the posters) making virtual societal connections by vicariously enjoying the stories & photos about other humans. But as for actually getting up off their assets and doing something about it... you're far more likely to be accosted by a family member or a neighbor than by someone who's lurking here. Worrying about lurkers on this board is like worrying about a lightning bolt coming down out of that cloud over there. Or, wait-- maybe that one!

The experts advise retirees to maintain a healthy social circle. For what it's worth, forums like this are my healthy social circle. Heaven help us all.

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I am not prone to hissy-fits, but I hit the ceiling when a relative, who's the self-elected "family hub" of our large extended family, started a "family" site on FB - and encouraged someone to post a "family tree" containing the full names, maiden names, date and place of birth, childhood nicknames, names and birthdates of all children, and (naturally) mother's maiden names of living family members. Including me. Without permission.
I insisted the document be deleted from the site; and I can't find any evidence of it by using a search engine; but once stuff is out there, it's out there.
It's also been publicly available for years through genealogy websites & archives, to say nothing of the LDS church. If you haven't already, set a Google Alert for your name (in quotes) like "Amy Smith" or "Susan Maidenname". It's very interesting to see what pops up.

The reality is that we can manage our online presence in two ways. We can take control of it by publishing the information that's more credible and more likely to appear at the top of the search engine results. Or we can remain mute and let someone else control our online presence by posting unrelated, misleading, or downright incorrect info. Most of the info that appears when Googling me was created & published by me, and it fills up the top of the search results. So you're unlikely to ever see those photos where I and the rest of the... well, never mind.

But discovering our personal information online becomes much more objectionable when it's shoved in our faces, perhaps served up with an advertisement or two.
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... you're far more likely to be accosted by a family member or a neighbor than by someone who's lurking here.
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OK, no more joking, which may scare off people unnecessarily.

(Umm... Is there a need to necessarily scare people? Oh well, never mind...)

I have read plenty of RV bloggers on the Web whose travels give them a lot of exposure, and have not seen anything happening to them yet. I myself tend to be discreet, but it's not because I am paranoid of strangers. I just want my privacy. I have no Facebook, no blogs, nothing on the Web for the same reason.
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OK, no more joking, which may scare off people unnecessarily.
(Umm... Is there a need to necessarily scare people? Oh well, never mind...)
I have read plenty of RV bloggers on the Web whose travels give them a lot of exposure, and have not seen anything happening to them yet.
I guess Billy & Akaisha Kaderli would be an international example.
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Yes. There, see? Everyone's feeling safe now? Put down your bear, please?
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It would bother me if I didn't keep my personal info somewhat vague. Plus none of us use our real names.
I do keep my specifics a little off just in case someone that knows me reads what I posted and recognized me and said "OMG, Joe (not my real name but you may have guessed that! ) is worth 5 bizzillion dollars?" I'm more concerned someone would know me by my comments than would come find me and harm me. First you have to figure out who I am, after that anyone anywhere can get directions to my front door and phone not to mention Google Satellite showing a detailed layout of my property. I could id the various vegetables in my garden from that picture! Good thing I wasn't out necked in the yard.
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PS. I am also including those who log on but turn on the cloaking feature in their User CP. They do not know that I have superhuman vision and can see them clearly as day.
Oops, guess I should go put some pants on.
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... and I can't find any evidence of it by using a search engine; but once stuff is out there, it's out there.

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Have you tried archive sites like Internet Archive: Wayback Machine?
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I do keep my specifics a little off just in case someone that knows me reads what I posted and recognized me and said "OMG, Joe (not my real name but you may have guessed that! ) is worth 5 bizzillion dollars?" I'm more concerned someone would know me by my comments than would come find me and harm me. First you have to figure out who I am, after that anyone anywhere can get directions to my front door and phone not to mention Google Satellite showing a detailed layout of my property. I could id the various vegetables in my garden from that picture! Good thing I wasn't out necked in the yard.
Ooooh, you are really starting to scare me.
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You sayin' that's not a real picture of you in your avatar ?
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I've yammered on for over five years on this forum. I've also included pics as well.

It doesn't bother me.

We all have to remember, this is an internet forum. All advice, experiences and pics have to be taken with a grain of salt.

Ally...you need to do what makes you feel comfortable. That is what matters.

...or you can do like me. On occasion, I post a pic of my little friend...


That bear looks like Ted. I saw that movie a few weeks ago. One of the most hilarious movies I have ever seen. Of course you have to like humor that is guttural and juvenile.
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Thanks, everyone, for so many fun replies. I'm not scared someone will literally find and attack me. I am just wary that someone I may know would recognize me here where we talk about our financial circumstances, etc. You guys make me laugh reading all the posts!
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