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Oh my GOD! I would FREAK out! Of course, I own several large automatic weapons and my husband is a former Green Beret, so anybody out there who's reading this should be ready...

Psycho Kitty

Hmm, and I was just sitting here second-guessing my impending purchase of a home security system. No more!

Richard Ames

I suppose it's because I'm male that I find Internet stalkers interesting rather than frightening — interesting in the same manner as one might study tadpoles or geese, and I don’t mean this to be disrespectful of the stalkers. I’ve never had an unannounced 6-hour trip made in my favor, but I’ve had other circumstances which were similarly surprising. Again, because I’m male I imagine I could in those instances afford to be more forgiving of the surprise and I’ve tried to treat the occasion like a field study in human nature. Obviously, people are not being treated very well in real life when they interpret garden-variety kindness and interesting chat on the web as a sign of deep affection or magical personal connection. These are not isolated occurrences in the Land of Online and they are, I suspect, symptoms of how utterly disconnected an enormous block of folks feel in their own real lives. If we treated people in real life a bit better, we’d have a lot less problems online I imagine. Not that this has to be my problem, but I truly feel empathy for the so-called “stalker” and I’ve tried not to add to their problem by being an ass about it. Appropriately handled they’ll eventually get their equilibrium back and return to their apparently chilly personal life.

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