Monday, May 01, 2006

Gentle Readers Ask, "Who is 'fiona'?"

"On the internet, no one knows you're a dog."

That, of course, is part of the fun.* With a blog, you can pretend to be a circus acrobat, a gourmet cook, a Formula One driver, or a pompous, overbearing, know-it-all of a Christian college professor.

Well, sometimes you don't have to pretend.

But our subject is the recent spate of postings from one "fiona." More than one gentle reader has inquired as to the actual identity of this mysterious figure with the lower-case name of a Scottish lassie.

We have decent guesses as to the real-life identities of our most frequent commentators, but this one is a complete mystery. We'd leave it such, but 'fiona' has something more to say than some. We are intrigued.

So, "fiona," feel free to identify yourself by whatever means you find convenient and comfortable. Or not. This is, after all, the internet.

*Of course, we acknowledge that the "fun" becomes a threat when middle aged men pretend to be teenaged boys in chatrooms with teenaged girls or shadowy figures pretend to be former government officials in developing countries looking for a convenient checking account in which to deposit huge sums of money for a couple of days. In case there's any doubt, SWNID endorses absolutely no forms of predation or fraud, on the internet or otherwise, and does not consider such things "fun."


fiona said...

Fortunately for you, I am neither middle aged, nor male. You don't have to worry about me preying upon the young pups that grace your blog.

I am a housewife. I sent my youngest progeny off to first grade this year, so I have a little more free time. I can't spend all day baking cookies and washing the sprinkle (because of the way my husband chooses to tinkle).

A friend told me this blog was a good place to be told what to think. I told her that I can go toe to toe with any pompous, overbearing, know-it-all professor.

Who knows, gentle SWNID. You just might learn something from a strong, uneducated woman.

Rustypants said...



fiona said...

On the other hand, I do have a couple of billion dollars I need to route through your account. Please provide your checking account number, and you will receive a 10% commission.

It's for a good cause. I promise I'm not from Nigeria.

Virgil said...


There are only two reasons to ask for someone's identity in a blog:

1) To pigeonhole them.
2) You are insecure.

Which reason applies to you?

Shrek said...

She is my wife.

Jon A. Alfred E. Michael J. Wile E. SWNID said...

My reason for asking is that someone asked me and I didn't know. I know most of y'all.

Fiona posts better stuff than many. This has peaked the curiosity of more than one person.

JB in CA said...

I'd say it has even piqued my curiosity.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know who JB in CA is. I have a theory myself. And yes, I am anonymous.

Anonymous said...

JB, are you an actor?

JB in CA said...

Yes, and I just hijacked a plane.

Mrs. SWNID said...

If it were in the spirit of the blog, I would tell you that jb in ca is one of THE smartest, most decent human beings I know, and SWNID and I are privileged to call him and mrs jb in ca great and lovely friends, but it's probably not in the spirit of a blog of this nature so I won't!

JB in CA said...


Thanks. The check's in the mail.

P.S. A big group hug from me and mine to you and yours.

Anonymous said...

You're grossing me out.