I have to admit I've been stressing out over this post for several months. But I realized something just last week - titles really do matter!
You see when I first conceived of this post (and project) I was going to use a lyric from the Who song "Who are You." It seemed so deep that it would just have to fit. What can be deeper than considering the universe and contemplating "Who are you?" I imagined myself the Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland smoking my pipe and sounding all intellectual. But then I considered the content of this project and all of a sudden the Who with their powerful sound and bulging groins seemed to push the content of this project from fun to creepy in my mind. I try to never do creepy, I like to stick with fun.
Then, as I often do after dinner, I was watching "Good Luck Charlie" with my girls and at a commercial break Disney showed one of those "Re-Mics" where they take a song and add old Disney animation. This night they "re-Micked" that song "I Just Came to Say Hello" by Martin Solveig et Dragonette. I thought to myself what could be more innocent than just coming by to say "hello?"
And so that is what I am doing today - "I just came to say hello!" You can be the judge if I'm being stalker'ish or just being silly.
So I've been thinking real hard about new crazy schemes to take up time between actual posts about real life things I'm doing. It's when I'm thinking that I'm most dangerous.
I will continue to occasionally write about my current endeavores but it always (for me) seems more fun to have some other scientific projects going on at the same time. I even think I still have some Shannon stories in me yet but those can wait. For now I have a project I have been mulling over for several months and I have to get it off my chest so to speak.
You know everywhere you go it seems like everyone wants something "interactive." You can't just go to a museum and look at old dead shit you have to be able to smell and taste the old shit to feel like you got your money's worth. At Disney they even have games to play as you wait 1 hour for that Space Mountain ride or Soarin.' If you are watching Game of Thrones you have to be able to go online and play Game of Thrones or go to Mr. Skin and see a re-cap of the best nuddie scenes of the week. Bottom line is reading it isn't good enough! If you read it you have to be able to play it or watch it. If you watch it you have to be able to taste it or touch it. If you touch it... Hey wait I better stop I'll start going past boundaries!
Anyway, here is my entry into the "interactive" market. I want to do something for you my dear readers. I want to bring the "Ryan experience" to you in a fun and non-evasive interactive way. What the hell does that mean you say?
It means I have re-created myself on Ashley Madison and I am giving you the opportunity to wink at me to see how infantile a guy can be on this crazy site. Now of course I not going to tell you how to find the real Ryan, that might not be too smart.
So I have created NotForest who lives in Bayou la Batre, Alabama. He is just out there waitin' for you ladies so go wink at him!
I bequeathed to him 60 Ash Mad credits so if you wink he'll write back. I consider this charity or perhaps Pro Bono work for after you see my standard intro letter those guys in your neighborhood might not seem so dull! :)
But seriously I think this could be fun, kind of like a Pros vs. the Joe's; me being a Joe. Send Not Forest a wink and I'll write you my best letter possible given your profile. I just looked him up (in "search by profile nickname") on my secret Shannon (female) profile. Wait, did I say I have a secret female profile? Hmm..., I wonder if that will produce a post down the road.
Anyway, if you don't want me to see your real profile just make one up; they're free you know. We can chalk this up to a Sociological experiment as we try to derive the best Ashley Madison correspondence. Well I guess I might be the control group or placebo but hopefully you'll at least get to see first hand what Alecia, Sandra, Keeley, Sandee, and all those lovely e-Mail Queens got to see (even Clare got to see the Ryan form).
And Here's Ryan - or rather "NotForest"!