Wednesday, March 17, 2010

one of the best things about falling in love with another blogger is the joy of watching the rest of them figure it out

One thing I'll never say about people who read this blog is that they don't pay attention.

On February 14, 2006 I was on vacation in Simi Valley, CA, visiting H for the second time and celebrating Valentine's Day with the grand sum of my days off for the entire year: 4.

It was exciting, having this cross-country love affair with another blogger while trying to pretend in our posts that we were just friends who had never met. And it would have made for a truly awesome reveal. If I hadn't slipped up.

Apparently over in New York, Omar was having some sort of tooth problem. And being on vacation wasn't going to stop me from commenting about it. So I hopped onto H's computer, clicked on Omar and left what was probably a ridiculous and certainly an all-in-lowercase comment that made use of the word "toof." I didn't think twice and hit Post.

It wasn't until I got an email from Omar with the subject "CSI:Los Angeles" that I realized what went wrong. Because it was H's computer, all of HIS name/address information was saved on frequent sites. So I had made that very-Cadiz comment signed in as "Onj."

Here's what it said:
Let me preface this by saying that I don't mean to seem stalker-ish or nosey.

I check StatCounter roughly 150 times per day. I noticed a handful of hits from the host. I assumed they were from Jon, as I think that's his service provider.

Then I checked my email, and saw your comments... from the same host... in California?

THEN I double checked the last comment from Onj, on Feb 11th, about wanting to hear about the proposal... It seemed odd that Jon wanted to hear about the proposal. And using the word "toof"? AND the comment was all in lower case letters?

AND you haven't been posting/commenting much recently?

My CSI training tells me that either you're a hacker and you're spoofing Jon's IP address OR you're at Jon's computer.

This is totally none of my business. Please forgive my nosey-ness.
and then a follow up:
Or that Jon stole your identity. I left out that possibility.
my reply:
i know you're not stalker-ish. or nosey. and you're my boy. so of course i knew you'd figure it out. especially because i know you're addicted to your statcounter.

he TOTALLY stole my identity!


nah, i'm here. at my boyfriend's computer. and i forgot to check the identity with which i was posting before i hit the button. oops. i knew that toof thing was going to be obvious, but i didn't realize people picked up that i never capitalize anything. omg, you think anyone else noticed?
You absolutely could have continued with that "he stole my identity" story, and I would have believed it :)

Well that's fantastic news! I've never even MET another blogger, and you guys are dating?!? From halfway across the country?! I won't get all girly and ask details. Just know that I'm thrilled for both of you.

We've since met Omar (along with his gorgeous family) in person, and I can attest that they are every bit as cool as I had suspected all these years. Several other readers happened to piece together that H=Jon, including Becky, who I believe figured it out while lying awake at night trying to figure out how it all fit together.

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Syar said...

I would never have figured it out if Jazz didn't tell me, because my nickname is Captain Molasses.

Becky said...

I was brushing my teeth, actually.

Lia said...

I didn't figure it out, either. I mean I figured out Jon was H way before you outted yourselves, but I didn't realize you had met online. I don't know why I figured you knew each other all along.

I guess this is why your romance is "by the numbers": you were betrayed by statcounter. How wonderful!

Madelyn said...

I wonder if I would have been able to figure it out?

My verification word is pubear, how appropriate.

Guyana-Gyal said...

I'm pretty nosy as bloggers go, always putting 2 and 2 together and making 5, but I NEVER figured out that one...even though I did know about a boy in California.

When Jon moved to your state I thought, hmmm, how odd....

omar said...

I should have been a detective. I'm wasting raw talent working in the IT industry.

For the record Jon, if you want any additional details about my wedding proposal, I'm happy to share.