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No it's not rambling......
By:  Sydwyndir (Gun Toting Right-wing Goon; 8390)
Posted on: 08-03-2019 08:35.
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We all want to think that the creepy guy outside the Kroger's is the one to tell our kids to watch, that the pretty lady with the British accent and sophisticated airs is the one you'd ask to call a policeman if you were in trouble, not the one who'd drag you into a stranger's house - and I'm going to stop there.

But the reality is, as parents, it gives us all pause.

I don't know if this is anecdotal, a weird part of the curve or whatever but I know a lot of people in my age bracket (child of the 70s/80s) who were molested, and to a one by a "family friend" or relative.

So I get where you're coming from.

This being Comic Con weekend, I'll relate a story...last year, our youngest said she wanted to meet a friend at the convention, who was from the neighborhood and had moved away but she'd kept in contact with over the internet.

I thought that was fine, until I started asking a few questions and it turns out this wasn't a "friend from the neighborhood" but someone she'd never met IRL before and met on multi-player Minecraft or something.

My first thought, sadly, was not "Oh OK, wow these modern times, huh? 21st century equivalent of a pen-pal!" but rather, my wife and I were like, okay if we go to where they've decided to meet and it's a teenage (or older!) person pretending to be her age, or whatever, which one of us will go get the cops and which one will stay and "socialize" etc. Well, it turns out it was another girl, her age, there with her parents. We all kind of had a laugh because they didn't know about Rosie, either, and were equally "on edge" about this meetup. They were swell people (he's a CTO for Hard Rock Casinos in Mississippi), and all ended well but our first thought was that there was something very awry. Even after Rosemary showed me some (very blurry) pictures of the girl I thought "that could be a waifish teenage boy in drag". :/

This fucking world, man. What it does to us, y'know?


Thank you, Gary Gygax.
I am not going to live in fear. They want my freedom, my peace of mind? Come and get it. - James Lileks, regarding al Qaeda, 09/11