Yep, I need to see my very first post as a... as a... oh yeah, that's right I'm a bagpipe, not a face, not a cute furry little thing that everyone loves except me, I'm a bagpipe, not even a trendy guitar! Well, that's guaranteed to impress everyone here at the prom - oops my debut in Forum Land - not! Haha, what a moron I am?" Anyway, on with wonderland – or Forum Land - whatever. I then see a friendly face, an Avatar, a cartoon type older male face with a messy hair-do, mm, looks like Einstein, and I say something clever as an ice-breaker,
"Hello sir, nice night out for a stroll?" It's a joke, and I was not ready for the reply.
"I've not seen you before. And I'm not a sir, I'm a lady and we haven't yet been introduced so excuse me SIR!" Wow, my imagination goes wild. I imagine a haughty woman, nose in the air attached to this old man's face, (tries to shake that image) a swift lift of her skirt and a flounce off like stuck up Scarlett O'Hara.
"Well, that seemed to go down fairly well – not!" a gross understatement indeed I’m thinking. Of course, the bagpipe is a total failure, so I go back shopping for another Avatar. This time I see an inoffensive Scottish guy dressed in a kilt.
I give another experimental shrug thinking, "If she can do it, so can I". At this stage I'm more confused with the gender game down this particular rabbit hole but I adopt a Scottish guy. So what happens next? I go back to look again at my post. Yeah, that looks the same:
My Scottish guy Avi shows up beneath my username. I have the strongest urge to run over and ‘wipe it off’ before anyone else can see me. Too late of course, everyone can see and read/overhear my recent interchange with ‘Scarlett O'Hara’, the one with the crazy man’s face the username of Casablanca by the way. Maybe that should have been a clue? I will learn. I then made up a list of rules. Rule number one: Look at their usernames and faces and KNOW that they rarely match up. How many Dorian Grey’s are out there I wonder? I'll find out. Next step!