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October 19, 2007

I’m currently experimenting with some of the privacy settings here on myspace. Yesterday I received a message from a 15yr old boy who said he was on my flight Jun 8th. I guess it was a somewhere memorable flight due to it being the inaugural SCE-ATL flight. He messaged me and I eventually found out that he had seen my pic on a fellow FA’s site and recognized me. I don’t mind people, even odd kids from flights I do, being able to find my page on here and reading a little about me. But I don’t want them to be able to find out where I live, who my family is, and other potentially harmful info. A few weeks ago I went through my profile and removed a lot of the more personal info about me. Made it a little more general. I tend to open up too easily, which is fine within the “circle of trust” (HAHA), but outside of that I have to make efforts to be more safe and guarded. Trying to find that happy balance.

Tonight I made two photo albums. I like to have mine public in case someone is looking for me and the profile pic doesn’t suffice (not everyone can recognize my toes). At the same time, my main concern for privacy on here is for others. Thus the Family/friends album. Only people I know can see that one. We’ll see how this works.

I’ve received two more messages from weird boy.

From: Isaac
Date: Oct 17, 2007 4:07 AM
Subject: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: why
Body: How are you doing?? You don’t want to talk to me? 🙂

From: Isaac
Date: Oct 18, 2007 3:52 AM
Subject: 🙂
Body: So you don’t even want to say hello? I’m a nice Christian guy really. You look great in the profile pic…but why did you set them to private? 😦

It’s quite sad and unfortunate how clueless some people are.

I also had an interesting incident with the van driver from our hotel last night coming into my room to “check on the air conditioner” and then somehow our conversation turning to what kind of wine I like, am I going to bed, and that he thought I wore thigh highs and thongs… Thanks to Peter’s encouragement I continue to get more and more irritated by that and think I’m going to call the hotel about it.

I’m tired and should’ve gone to sleep about 2 hours ago. I’m about to get to it.

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