Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The young man with his wife is a Marine who has been extremely active in the Marriage Equality movement on behalf of his gay brother whose chance at a happy gay marriage some day he wants to see assured. Fritz and I worked with him and NH Freedom to Marry last year during the preliminary challenge. They're a great young couple and typical of the fairness of the majority of NH's citizens.
I think the internet has changed the relationships among people in profound ways. Early in my blogging career I had blog friends in England, Austria, Australia, and from coast to coat in the US and Canada. Writing back and forth on our blogs, and then privately, allowed me to know some wonderful men, which sometimes led to meeting them during travel (theirs or mine) and some valuable friendships.
But there were also men who turned out to be impostors, who got people care about them and support them through crises that turned out to be invented. There was an Australian who blogged under three different identities that I learned of eventually, and endured a horrific gay bashing -- that turned out never to have happened. In one notorious instance, an older woman posed as an idealistic young man, poetic writer, and gay single parent father of two adorable adopted sons. Two young men from the east coast who had each talked back and forth with "him" fell in love. One was encouraged to travel to British Columbia -- and to traumatic discovery. The unraveling of the entire story was a fairly major internet event. (I was involved; as a gay single parent of two adopted Korean orphans, I responded to "his" requests for information, and engaged in long written conversations, encouraging and mentoring "him" through what I learned was a totally fictional adoption process. Many others were stung in a similar manner).
People tend to be forthcoming on the web to a astonishing degree. From their written words (which may or may not be true) and some photographic evidence (which may or may not be of the author) it's possible to form an idealized image of someone that may reveal more about the reader than the writer. In the process, a lot of personal information goes out into the ether and lands we know not where, an entirely different problem.
I've either been prudent or lucky. I chalked up the British Columbian boy to instructive experience and know that my life has been enriched by the many genuine friends I've made via the internet, friends I would never have met otherwise.
A seal pup had a risky adventure and gave Welcome Bay, New Zealand homeowner Annette Swoffer a scare on Thursday. According to New Zealand's Department of Conservation, the animal, nicknamed Lucky, broke into Swoffer's home through a cat door and decided to take a nap on her sofa.
Swoffer told the Sydney Morning Herald that she first encountered the seal in her kitchen. After sniffing around and not finding anything to its liking - including her confused dog and cats - Lucky proceeded to waddle up her stairs, jump on her couch and take a nap. He was there 45 minutes later when a DOC ranger came to send him back home.
The DOC added that the seal came from nearby Tauranga Harbour and managed to cross the road, go up Swoffer's driveway and use her cat door to enter the residence. Officials told the New Zealand Herald that Lucky had already been brought back to the sea after visiting local neighborhoods twice before. Lucky was eventually returned to the Tauranga Harbour again - but not before he escaped from his container in the car and turned on the radio.
I think it is essential that the President be re-elected along with as many Democratic Senators and Representatives as possible.
If only the entire country worked that way.
Great video, by the way! I really needed to see that this morning.
You definitely have to be careful what you commit to with these internet connections (it's why I didn't agree to adopt you...)
I have a feeling Lucky is going to have to be adopted by a zoo or aquarium. How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm?
I feel lucky to have been able to connect with so many wonderful people across the globe. I'm sure there may be a few who are lying or hedging, but the majority of people in my online circle seem legit. Innocent until proven guilty.
Would you and Fritz be interested in coming to our holiday party next year? Stan wanted me to ask you this year, but with my injury it completely slipped my mind, which I now feel bad for, since you two are so close.
All our best for Christmas and a very Happy New Year.