ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Help Me Choose My Avatar or How NOT To Choose An Avatar

Updated on October 21, 2008
ARROWS IN MY HEAD
ARROWS IN MY HEAD

Time For a Change

 

I'm asking for your help here. Here's how it started. I wrote the article, What is a Metrosexual and How Not to Be One, and some fellow writers gave me some friendly jabs about my avatar, saying that I, yours truly, looked like a metrosexual. Well I laughed and laughed. "Ha, ha," I said. But there was a little seed planted deep in the mysterious recesses of my mind. It was a demon seed. The evil seed grew and I began to question my choice in avatars. Do other people think I'm a metrosexual? Do they think my avatar looks...well...queer? As in strange? See it up there? It is a little dandyish.

I'm pretty comfortable in my skin these days and I got over it. But then something strange happened. I listed several of my articles on Stumbleupon, and their computers pick which picture from the article it will display next to the article title on their site. Normally, it is always the first picture in the article, and so it was for me. Except for one. Next to my article about metrosexuals, guess which picture their computer chose to illustrate the article? Go ahead, guess? Yea! It chose MY picture! The picture of ME! Oh, man! When the computers start sticking it to you it's time to do something about it.

So here I am. I want you to help me choose my avatar. To make it interesting, I agree to use whichever avatar you select for at least one week. I've included some that would be painfully embarrassing, some that are funny, some that are gross, and some that are OK. The question is, do you want to help me or do you want to stick it to me? The polls will remain open until 6.00 PM, central time, Tuesday, October 14th, at which time I will change my avatar and leave it on until at least 6.00 PM, October 21st (voting is over). I have used some avatars from hubpages for inspiration, not considering what the authors write or post, political affiliations, or anything else. Let's get started. You already have two choices: Stay with the ORIGINAL or use the one with the ARROWS IN MY HEAD.

Patti Inglish, MS & Michele Engholm

THE FIRE DOG / c. firedog
THE FIRE DOG / c. firedog

Vibrant Colors

 

We might as well start here since Patty Inglish is the first woman I see every morning. Her avatar, I mean. It's eye-catching and usually in the number 1 spot. It makes you wonder about this person standing before a world globe. Evil nemeses of Bond? Nuclear physicist? Whatever she is, her avatar looks athoritative. Not to be outdone on the color wheel is Michele Engholm. I really like this picture and the color. These two ladies even have very similar names. Coincidence?

Graphically, mine is similar with bright colors, plus it gets that animal avatar thing going, which lots of people use. I've owned two Dalmatians in my life, so that's working for me too. It's an eye-catcher but does it alienate people who don't like dogs? Where's the fire? We'll call this one THE FIRE DOG.

pgrundy

BABY FACE / c. grimmemennesker.dk
BABY FACE / c. grimmemennesker.dk

Use a Childhood Picture

That's what pgrundy does and if it's good for her it's good for me. A childhood picture invokes a sense of personal history, and a sense of human provenance. It also invokes a sense of nostalgia in the viewer as they recall their own childhood and the path their life has taken. A childhood photograph is like a time capsule, evoking a simpler way of life and a reminder of the human march forever onward.

This is my baby picture. It was taken by the good doctors at the mayo clinic. I lived there the first few years of my life but I was never really sure why. I don't recall very much about those early years, truthfully. I do remember that I got to play in a great big bubble every day. It was clear I would be famous. Everyday the photographers came and took pictures of me, "So the rest of the world can see this amazing child," they said. And then there was my friend, Mr. Ripley. He used to say to everyone who would listen, "I can't believe it. I can't believe it." The ladies in their starched white uniforms - so many ladies - coo-cooed over me as they fed me my spaceman food in a bag, all the while calling me "their little sputnik." Ah....good times. On the poll, look for BABY FACE.

barranca & Marian Swift

STONE BRIDGE
STONE BRIDGE

The Great Outdoors

Many people choose a scene from nature. This invokes a sense of travel and adventure, or perhaps peace and tranquility. Barranca has a nice colorful picture of the outdoors that looks like a place I'd like to visit, while Marian Swift's invokes a mysterious island that we can only spy on from behind the trees. Does she live there, I wonder?

This is a watercolor I did of a place I've never seen, but I'd bet there are many similar scenes in Europe - England, France, Scotland - and my homeland, Ireland. It's amateurish, but I was new to landscapes and so I like it never-the-less. I will visit Ireland some day. Let's call this one STONE BRIDGE.

B.T. Evilpants

THREE HEADED SQUIRREL / Jazelmaarzowezen
THREE HEADED SQUIRREL / Jazelmaarzowezen

Strange Critters

Ok. B.T. Evilpants. What can I say? He's a jackalope. He looks like a rabbit with antlers, but he's running for president, runs his own multi-million dollar company, and fights with bears. This shot can appeal both to animal lovers and hunters. It's uniqueness unmistakably identifies the writer, and that is very important. "Oh, yea, it's the jackalope guy." Instantly readers know who the writer is and what style of writing they're likely to find once they get there. There are no other avatars like this one on the site. At least, not until now...maybe. It's up to you.

Another little known and misunderstood animal is the Stooges Squirrel. That's Moe, Larry, and Curly from left to right. They are inseparable and like to eat a variety of soups, roasted turkeys, and anything that stretches. As for habitat, they can often be found working as painters, plumbers, and waiters at fancy parties. Occaisionally, they also masquerade as doctors. An ideal place to find them is near any office of the law firm of "Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe. Their favorite hobby is investigating haunted houses. Call this one THREE HEADED SQUIRREL.

Shadesbreath & Spryte

CARTOON CHRIS
CARTOON CHRIS

Simple Drawings

Simple black and white drawings can be very effective. Cases in point: Shadesbreath and Spryte. Their avatars say a lot more about these excellent writers than first meets the eye. Once you get to know them and read a few of their great hubs, you start to realize just how much the avatars say about them, not only their personalities, but their writing styles as well.

Here's the one I came up with for me. It appeals to me in some unidentifiable way. Does it say more about me than meets the eye? Does it match my style? I don't know. I mean, it does to me, but does it to anyone else. You tell me by either voting for it or not. Let's say it's named CARTOON CHRIS.

Princessa & mistyhorizon2003

HUNKA HUNKA BURNIN LOVE
HUNKA HUNKA BURNIN LOVE

Cheesecake

 

Some people use a picture that shows the charms of their sex. Maybe it's wearing something sexy or lying languidly on a sofa. Meet princessa and mistyhorizon2003. I don't know how ladies feel about it but it sure gets the guys attention, and that's what it's about. Yes? Lure 'em in and then deliver the knockout punch.

Hey, if gals can do it why not a guy. I don't really have any like theirs (thank god) but I do have this shot from A Streetcar Named Desire. That's me taking Blanche Dubois into the boudoir. She always HAS depended on the kindness of strangers. This is the chance for all you haters out there to stick it to me. This would be embarrassing, but a deal is a deal. Call it HUNKA-HUNKA-BURNIN-LOVE.

Rhym O'Reison & Kika Rose

MR. MAGOO / grimmemennesker.dk
MR. MAGOO / grimmemennesker.dk

A Snapshot

Many people choose a snapshot, sometimes candid, sometimes posed. This let's the reader see the real person behind the hubs. It puts the writer on a personal level with their readers. "Rhym O'Reison and Kika Rose employ this method. It says to the reader, "we are the same, you and I. Now get your butt in here and read with me. Come on, it'll be fun!" They are fun, and these avatars work very well for them.

Here is my snapshot. As you can see, I recovered perfectly from my early days at the Mayo Clinic. This snapshot of me says, "Hey, baby. What's shakin'? Whatta ya' say we hit the town, you and I? I'll show you the time of your life." I'd hate for you to choose this one. It seems so...egotistical. I'm known as a ladies man and I try not to show off in front of the fellas. Can I help it that women are drawn to my magnetic charms? Call this one MR. MAGOO.

Anna Marie Bowman & Bard of Ely

FINGERS IN DOOR
FINGERS IN DOOR

Portrait Art

Anna Marie Bowman and Bard of Ely go with the painting/drawing avatar. They are artistic representations of the writers themselves. These can utilize any artistic style from realism to impressionism. The area of fine art avatars is wide open for conveying a variety of moods and feelings. You might have the serious writer look or the look of a whimsical character. And you can tailor your painting/drawing to fit your personality or writing style.

This started as a photo of me playing the guitar and singing, and then drawn in pencil when I was teaching myself to draw a long time ago. Then I manipulated it in a graphics program. Rather than singing, It looks more like I'm getting my fingers slammed in a car door, but, c'est la vie. I hope that it creates a sense of drama while raising the interest of the potential reader. In any case, it's all me. This one is FINGERS IN DOOR

Countrywomen, Shinujohn, Weblog, Shalini

BEAUTIFUL INDIAN WOMAN
BEAUTIFUL INDIAN WOMAN

Beautiful Indian Girls

 

There are several beautiful Indian Girl avatars being used here at hubpages. I had no idea that all the women in India were this good looking. Well, either that or just the pretty ones all got together and decided they were all going to write for hubpages. Or maybe they all decided to sign up independently of each other and hubpages is famous in India as an ideal forum for Indian issues and all things Indian. I am so thankful they chose this site to publish their work. Just looking at their pictures makes me feel all goofy in love. Any one of these gals can charm my snake anytime, by Krishna.

So why can't I be a beautiful Indian woman? No reason. That's the beauty of the Internet. Nobody has to know I'm a guy hiding back here. I mean, if it brings in readers, then that's a good thing, right? You can be anyone you want to be, with a new personality, a new life, a new attitude. You can achieve things you previously considered impossible. Never mind that this person and their intricate history you have created only exists in your head. The important thing is can you get everyone else to believe it? Before you know it you'll believe it yourself, and your new persona will fit you like a well-worn pair of fleece-lined gloves. Equally unimportant is the fact that I would actually be a man behind the sari. Remember, you can be anyone! Only you'll know and I'll know, but don't tell anybody, and if you do, I'll deny, deny, deny. My red dot is bigger than yours. This one's BEAUTIFUL INDIAN WOMAN.

And the Last Two Are...

BUTT ON A BENCH
BUTT ON A BENCH
STRETCH FACE / grimmemennesker.dk
STRETCH FACE / grimmemennesker.dk

Crack & Creepy

Ok. I have nothing to say about this one and there aren't any similar to compare it to. It speaks for itself. It speaks loudly. This is another opportunity for anyone out there to make me suffer. Obviously, it's not me...or is it? That's the beauty of the Internet, see. I could be this guy who's trying to pass himself off as some two-bit actor. Nobody knows for sure. If you want this one, vote for BUTT ON A BENCH.

And finally, yikes! This one creeps me out. I literally have a tough time looking at it. That could be bad for getting people to my hubs, but on the other hand, people aren't likely to forget it. Plus it could attract the morbidly curious in droves, like slowing down to look at a car wreck. Vote for this one under the name STRETCH FACE.

PLEASE take a minute to vote. Remember the polls close at 6:00 PM, Oct. 14th (voting is over). The avatar receiving the most votes will be used until 6:00 PM, Oct. 21st. Thank you for your help!

The Avatar Poll

Which image do you think I should use for my avatar?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      adam jhonson 2 years ago

      http://free-images4u.blogspot.com

      Of course of the woman is sooo sexy!

    • profile image

      LosectinWinders 2 years ago

      Not so sure. I think women are quitting on me! Ha! Now I'm getting lots of pervs! (Just kidding. Everyone who follows me is an exemplary human being.) I'm getting confused. When you say "you're sooo sexy!!!" I don't know if you mean me or you, or you as me or me as you or....oh, I don't know!

    • profile image

      LosectinWinders 2 years ago

      So sorry mon cher ami, I could not manage to get anyone away from the table to come and vote. I cannot see what is going to happen to you, I must go now is after midnight here. Be strong, my thoughts will be with you...

    • oliwier profile image

      Richard Warren 3 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      I guess voting was over. All your chosen avatars were nice.

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis

      Not so sure. I think women are quitting on me! Ha! Now I'm getting lots of pervs! (Just kidding. Everyone who follows me is an exemplary human being.) I'm getting confused. When you say "you're sooo sexy!!!" I don't know if you mean me or you, or you as me or me as you or....oh, I don't know!

    • Beth100 profile image

      Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

      Gawd, you're sooo sexy!!! I see your followship is rising! :D

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis

      You ARE the game!

    • Beth100 profile image

      Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

      I'm game!!! :)

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis

      Jane B: Non-confrontational??? I got the distinct feeling that daisy was going to squirt me! I know what you mean. I only put this avatar back up cause it was my two year anniversary, but I think I'll change it back, or maybe something different...or....

      Thanks for weighing in on this extremely important issue!

    • Jane Bovary profile image

      Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

      [excess chuckles]That hub was so hilarious. Oh well..you can't go wrong with 'amiable cowboy'.

      I've had a series of avatars...none of which I feel truly reflected the inner me...especially those real 'outer me' photos...lol. I'm still searching. In the meantime I've opted for the innocuous, non-confrontational daisy.

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis

      Ha, ha! I like it! I'll do it if you will!

    • Beth100 profile image

      Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

      Oooo,he's not that ugly! Baby's can't be ugly...or can they? I think we should swap....really confuse everyone. That could be fun!

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis

      Beth: That's right. Spread the love, baby! Yeah, this one was a lot of fun. At one point there were about 20 people who had avatars with cowboy hats photo shopped on their heads! It was a hoot. Due to Shadesbreath's cheating, I had to be the ugly baby for awhile. Hmmm....maybe I'll go back to that avatar.

    • Beth100 profile image

      Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

      Just to think -- I missed all the fun on this one!!! Not just the voting, but actually seeing you with the chosen avatar. Ugh! I miss out on all the fun!!

      So, you at the border yet? I thought I spammed your other hub enough...time to raise the score on this one... hub that is.... :)

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

      No, the ugly baby won. Then I went to the cartoon one afterwards. As for how 559 is possible, in this case it was sort of a HubPages viral marketing case. When Shadesbreath started the drive to make me be the ugly baby, and I protested, it got a lot of the community involved in this for a couple of weeks, with thoughts being expressed back and forth on this hub. Shades had started a whole thing about it in the forum too, and of course I was always quick to jump in with a contrary opinion and accusations. Anyway, you get the picture. It was viral marketing. Not that a hub can't get that many on it's own merits: It can!

    • ACSutliff profile image

      ACSutliff 7 years ago

      It was only for a week, right? You would have survived. You're a survivor. So did the Cartoon Chris win, or did you just decide to use that one after the week ended?

      559!? How is that even possible?

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

      Counting this one, there are now 559. I have two articles with more, and one of them has been unpublished for about a year. Lot's of repeat commenters on this hub.

      You would have picked that one, eh? Well, I had no idea. Gawd, I would have died if they had picked hunka, hunka! LOL.

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

      Counting this one, there are now 559. I have two articles with more, and one of them has been unpublished for about a year. Lot's of repeat commenters on this hub.

      You would have picked that one, eh? Well, I had no idea. Gawd, I would have died if they had picked hunka, hunka! LOL.

    • ACSutliff profile image

      ACSutliff 7 years ago

      I don't think I have ever, nor will ever again, see this many comments on a hub. WOW!

      Hunka Hunka is my favorite!

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

      kaltopsyd: Yes, decided on the cartoon so I could use it everywhere, not just on HP, but I'm going to go back to the cowboy for just this week as it's my two-year anniversary here on HP. Thanks, K! Good to see ya!

    • kaltopsyd profile image

      kaltopsyd 7 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      So I see you went with the cartoon Chris... Haha, I know I'm basically two years late. What can I say? Some of he avatars I just had to laugh at when I thougt you you making them yours. Very entertaining Hub!

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Oh, yeah. I forgot. Sorry.

    • Randy Behavior profile image

      Randy Behavior 8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      I'm waiting on those pics :)

    • Randy Behavior profile image

      Randy Behavior 8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Oh I noticed! I noticed your strong arms too. I'd like to see more pic.s of you on stage!

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Randy: Wow. I haven't seen this one for a long time. Yes, that's really me. It's a shot from Streetcar named Desire, Stanly taking Blanche DuBois into the bed for some in-law games! See how she cleverly presses my man-boob to make it look like I actually have a pec?

    • Randy Behavior profile image

      Randy Behavior 8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Is the Hunka Hunka really you?

    • Misha profile image

      Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

      I second Chris advice. :)

      And yeah, of course you are crazy. We all are :)

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Awww, geez, Kika! I thought you were through with that Kyle guy? You'll just keep getting dumped, over and over. He cut you loose. Date other people. If he wants you back he's gonna have to fight for you. Make the sucker sweat. He did it. You are free (his choice). If you don't want to date anybody, that's fine too, but don't wait for that Kyle guy.

    • Kika Rose profile image

      Kika Rose 8 years ago from Minnesota

      I ended up not having to work, so I got like, 5 hours of laser tag play. And DANG do my legs hurt! xD

      Well, yeah, I like him. We've been friends for two years. And I do flirt back. But I got this little voice in my head yelling at me because it knows Kyle's going to come back and it wants me to wait for him, even though I don't want to wait for him. ... I suppose that makes me crazy, huh? lol

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      I'm sure I don't know what you mean.

    • spryte profile image

      spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

      *grins*

      Oh you shouldn't be tempting me like that...I could have all sorts of fun at your expense!!

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Come one come all for Chris' love advice. It's only a nickle a question!

    • gwendymom profile image

      gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

      aww, Christoph, you really are a nice guy, and always willing to help.

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Kika: $10.00 sounds pretty good to me. So, do you like this guy? Sounds like you do. He'll probably ask you out. Do you flirt back? That would let him know you are interested (assuming you are).

    • Kika Rose profile image

      Kika Rose 8 years ago from Minnesota

      It is a great movie. And I'm not going to play laser tag until after work tonight. It's $10 for unlimited play on Wednesdays. :D

      Oh, oh oh oh! Okay, so, you know how I'm single now, right? Well, I got this guy friend who's totally flirting with me, and I'm like "OH EM GEE I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE HECK I AM DOING!" I'm going crazy! D: Seriously! *dies*

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Kika: Don't feel left out. We didn't leave you out. You didn't show up. Just because you had to go play lazer tag with your friends and have fun and be active and stuff. Seriously, you're not missing anything. We're missing lazer tag.

      Starscream: What ya' got cookin'?

      Ananta: I thought it was your head it had to get out of. As for all the wicked, perverted thoughts in MY head, I'm keeping 'em. A guy can dream, can't he?

      Ag: That IS a horrible thought.

      LizTaylor: You like the ugly baby? Ok. You are an interesting person and I'm going to have to see what you are all about. I'll be sending some doctors by to read some of your work. Thanks for stopping by and the comment.

      garywgoldstein: Your picture is unique, but who told you it was nice? No, no, it is. It's a good pic. I like the dark background, which sets you off very well. Thanks for stopping by a leaving a comment.

      Kika: The movie Ghostbusters did one of the best marketing campaigns I have ever seen. About a month before the movie came out, White posters began popping up all over NYC, on buses, in the subways, etc., with just the international no symbol on them (the red circle with the line through it). A couple of weeks later, the ghost appeared inside the "no symbol", but no words that would tell what is was, just the ghost. Then a week before the movie opened, the words and title appeared, so that you learned that, OH, it's a movie! Great movie too.

    • Kika Rose profile image

      Kika Rose 8 years ago from Minnesota

      *hums the Ghostbusters tune* ... Oh great, now it's stuck in my head. >.< Thaaaanks, Ag...

    • garywgoldstein profile image

      garywgoldstein 8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I use my own picture, unique and nice, :)

    • LizTaylor profile image

      LizTaylor 8 years ago from North Carolina

      I dig the baby face. Its manly and cute at the same time...but then again, I guess that could be metro huh? LOL

    • agvulpes profile image

      Peter 8 years ago from Australia

      Hey watch out those aliens have got Kika Rose, her backs exploded and her eyes balls turned into "Jell-o" sounds like Ghost busters?

    • profile image

      Ananta65 8 years ago

      I know it's dangerous, but can you get that thought out of your head?

    • Starscream14 profile image

      Starscream14 8 years ago

      You remind me of Hank Williams... and his song Hey Good Lookin' :D

    • Kika Rose profile image

      Kika Rose 8 years ago from Minnesota

      I miss out on so much because I have to sleep and work and play laser tag after work tonight...

      I feel super left out right now! :'( And I'll feel even more left out because I have to go to bed right now, else my back will explode and my eyeballs will turn into Jell-O! *flops*

    • countrywomen profile image

      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      Iam sure they don't mean to be mean. They must be nuts about nuts ("COCONUTS" like you)...hehe

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Well, gosh, thank you. I've been called a coconut, but I don't think that's what they meant. (I told you were charming!)

    • countrywomen profile image

      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      Too bad hollywood missed out on such a talent(christoph) when western movies were blockbusters. You do have a tough cowboy look and also I can feel a soft heart under the charming exterior. Surely any woman would love the Coconut kind of guy (Rough outside and soft inside). I agree with spryte (your wife is surely a lucky woman)

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Ananta: Try not to think about it! Don't you know that's dangerous?

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Spryte: Gee, your embarassing me. I don't deserve any of those things you said. And no, he was never right after that. He died less than a year later. It seemed like every horrible illness came in quick succession after that, like some door had been opened. He was a great guy and was my best friend. Now I'm getting all maudlin. Happy, happy!

      Thanks countrywomen! Clint had a good career that any actor would be envious of. I also think he has turned into a very fine director. Thanks for calling me charming. I happen to think you are charming too.

    • profile image

      Ananta65 8 years ago

      Ok guys, thank you very, very much. Now you all have got me thinking of Kika in an Animal T-shirt and lots of water!

    • countrywomen profile image

      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      Finally Christoph is back to his charming cowboy avatar. Maybe you would have given Clint Eastwood a competition if you were an actor in that era.

    • spryte profile image

      spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

      Your wife is a very lucky woman...and I'm sure she knows that. What else can I say to somebody that always thinks of others first? You have a true gift Chris and I admire it immensely. With that said, you could have posted anything you wanted...but I appreciate the thought you put into it.

      Was your father okay btw...you never said. I think occasionally too about the time between my mother pulling the emergency cord and the arrival of help on the day she died. I know eventually she had somebody with her...but I still feel bad that it wasn't me. I know she was scared...and helpless...so I know what you mean.

      Okay...now I have to go and blow my nose or I'll be mouth breathing all night. *hugs*

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Spryte: That other thing is not a big deal. I told a story about how I had a similar experience with my father. He wasn't answering his phone, and after a couple or three hours, I finally drove over there (another state - about an hour) and the poor guy had been laying in the middle of the floor for 12 hours. He had had a stroke and couldn't get up. And I always felt so bad for him, about everything, of course, but about those 12 hours. If only it had happened closer to when I called him, instead of the first thing in the morning. I just could never stop thinking about how horrible those 12 hours must have been. So anyway, I erased it, because it seemed tantamount to me going, "Hey everybody! Look at me!" And it being your hub, it wasn't my place to draw attention. That's all. It was a few years ago. Your story just made me think about it.

    • spryte profile image

      spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

      :) I'm not saying a thing...in fact, I'm not really here...I'm in bed.

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      All cleared up.

    • agvulpes profile image

      Peter 8 years ago from Australia

      Well just to clear things up. No I'm not into anal probes or whatever your'e talking about? And I was referring to your avatar, because I know that you, yourself haven't been anywhere, ergo you could not be missed,only your stetson wearing avatar. Phew I say to myself, self I hope you cleared that up!

      spryte:- help!!!!!!!!

    • gwendymom profile image

      gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

      Talk to shirley about those anal probe guards Christoph, I think she could help.

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      ag: I didn't know you felt THAT way.

      Gwendy: Ag's scaring me. How about you?

    • gwendymom profile image

      gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

      agvulpes, hmmm, are you sure?

    • agvulpes profile image

      Peter 8 years ago from Australia

      I never thought I would say this to a man but Gee I missed you to . Welcome back Cowboy! (I don't mean the sex god bit!)

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile image

      Cindy Lawson 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Wow, that is so much better, we have our sex God back again :)

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Well, in that case, I think I'll go to the store (now that I can be seen in public again.)

    • gwendymom profile image

      gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

      you don't have to do a thing cutie.

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Will it help if I pose?

    • gwendymom profile image

      gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

      Ah, your so pretty to look at now, I may have to take an hour or so to admire you.

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      I missed you too, hawt chicky!

    • gwendymom profile image

      gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

      Christoph, you sexy Biotch, I missed you!!!!

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Misty: Should be changing any second. Yay!

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile image

      Cindy Lawson 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      How long now until we get the old Christoph Avatar back again???? We miss him :)

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Kika: I know. And no thanks on the drums. My wife and neighbors would never forgive me.

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Shades: Glad I could help.

      Spryte: Oh. I don't know. I guess it's your sisters you're always talking about, and I got daughters confused in there. So sorry...not that there's anything wrong with that (and there's not - I don't have any children [that I know of] and I'm glad of it.) So maybe you could've had an Hysterical Pregnancy, Ms. Swedish massage dude woman.

    • Kika Rose profile image

      Kika Rose 8 years ago from Minnesota

      *falls over laughing* I have a t-shirt with Animal on it! And it rocks! ^_^ I've got a spare drum set, if you wanna buy it, Chris. :-P

      Also, your train of thought is icky... Water breaking? Bleh. So glad I'll never have kids... *crosses her fingers*

    • spryte profile image

      spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

      Where did you get the idea I'm a mother? And :P ... Mr. half-priced Phillipino chick man.

    • Shadesbreath profile image

      Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California

      Hah, Christoph you just gave me an idea for a hub

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      When I am reminded that I don't have hot water, that makes me think of a woman's "water breaking," and that makes me think about you and how you are a mother and you are married, and that maybe you shouldn't be thinking about cute drummers named Steve in Toronto and waterfall type showers.

    • spryte profile image

      spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

      When I think of Animal, I think of a really cute drummer named Steve I once knew in Toronto and that makes me think of a certain waterfall type shower and that reminds me of hot water which reminds me that you don't have any and then I think...wow, I'm glad I don't have that problem. :)

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Kika: Whenever someone mentions Fraggle Rock, I think of the Muppet show, and then I think of Animal, and that reminds me that I don't have a drum set any more, and then I am sad all day. THANKS A LOT!

    • Kika Rose profile image

      Kika Rose 8 years ago from Minnesota

      *starts humming the Sesame Street theme song...*

      Every time I think of Sesame Street, I remember Snuffy. And then I remember Fraggle Rock. And then I remember Labyrinth. And then I think about David Bowie's hair. And then I go put on my David Bowie t-shirt and grin all day long. ^_^

      I have a strange thought process... >.> But I love me anyway!

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Not sure how you get to Sesame Street from a conversation about Parrots, but now that you mention it, Big Bird was never funny, and Elmo is funnier, but Grover is funniest of all!

    • profile image

      Ananta65 8 years ago

      I always found Elmo funnier than Big Bird, but what do I know?

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      I'll have to ponder the subject. I'm fading fast, so I'm going to call it a evening. Thanks for keeping me company with your usual wit (and lovable abuse!). Night.

    • spryte profile image

      spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

      Yeah :) That is the best reason to have a bird... You could get a BIG bird. I knew a person who had a macaw...and it would sit in the living room window and whenever it saw a neighborhood cat it would say "Here kitty, kitty" and then laugh maniacally. No cat ever bothered him.

      You might need to make a lot more mashed potatoes though.

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Giving them free reign sounds like half the fun though. Mashed potato diving and hiding money and what not.

    • profile image

      Ananta65 8 years ago

      *wicked evil grin*

    • spryte profile image

      spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

      I have a friend who has two cats and a cockatiel though...but the bird only comes out for a little while and is always supervised. It's only a problem if you allow your bird free reign of the house like my family did. If you had a separate room for him...you could manage a cat and a budgie.

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Oh. Doesn't sound like I'll be getting a Budgie then.

    • spryte profile image

      spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

      Once I had a pair of budgies that I was watching for a couple of friends...and two cats. When my friends returned home...I gave them a cage with one budgie and an IOU one budgie.

      I never realized a cat could snatch a budgie in mid flight about 6 feet off the ground....now I know better.

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Now that I have you both together, I was just watching a documentary on PBS about the parrots of Australia, and they were showing Budgies, and I thought of you guys. Spryte, did you ever have a Budgie AND a cat at the same time? I want a Budgie, and it looks like I'll be keeping the cat because he's changed his ways and I'm starting to like him.

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Now that I have you both together, I was just watching a documentary on PBS about the parrots of Australia, and they were showing Budgies, and I thought of you guys. Spryte, did you ever have a Budgie AND a cat at the same time? I want a Budgie, and it looks like I'll be keeping the cat because he's changed his ways and I'm starting to like him.

    • spryte profile image

      spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

      *waves to Aggie*

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      They came back. maybe it was just a glitch. Or maybe that happens whenever Ananta goes to a site, you know, the ads just disappear.

      Ag: They were gone for a minute. I didn't think we had been nasty. I mean, a lot of talk about changeing diapers and breast feeding for infants.

    • agvulpes profile image

      Peter 8 years ago from Australia

      Just got home myself so I didn't take em!

      Mate I only see google ads!

    • spryte profile image

      spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

      Oops...was it because I said chipmunks?

      Okies...I'll wait and see what you've done when you've done it here. :)

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Ananta: Hi. What happened to my ads???!!!!This hasn't been naughty, has it??? Am I supposed to be notified or something? Geez.

      Spryte: Well, like I said, it's just an experiment. I do it on the other site, but I've learned more and so am trying more.

      WHERE ARE MY ADS????

    • spryte profile image

      spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

      LOL! Okay...no worries. I've just been watching you and Shade stray to the dark side for the past couple of days and was wondering if I'd missed something important.

      Perhaps I'm just over-complicating a really simple idea. Key words are supposed to be words that a googler would use frequently when trying to find information that your hub would naturally bring them to...right? If that's the case...then I do that already just on hubs that nobody is really interested in googling (which is fine by me since that's not my purpose for writing). But seriously...when I did that google key word search...it came up with all sorts of really bizarre suggestions and I was hoping that wasn't what it really thought I should use.

      Buzz not even threatened. I just get...umm...really uninhibited under the influence of certain medications and things like that. :) You don't want to be near me when I've been shot up with epinephrine. Even the doctor finally told me to shut up.

    • profile image

      Ananta65 8 years ago

      You guys just can't be left alone, can you? SEO, oral sex (bye bye ads, Christoph) and chipmunks. Tsk.

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      And no to your second question too. Putting false keywords just to draw people to your hub is a serious no no, so I doubt what you were reading was suggesting that.

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      No, no. There isn't anything different. I just mean I'm going to try to incorporate all that stuff this time (since it's a hub I really don't want to write anyway) to see if I can produce a money maker. It's just something I'm doing for myself. (and I don't mean rules, per se, just the stuff you're supposed to do to increase traffic.) Just relax, you'll screw up your buzz!

    • spryte profile image

      spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

      Can I ask a really silly question? I read the hubmob request for this week and saw nothing about SEO rules. WTF is that? I mean I know about what SEO is...I googled it as suggested, but the key words I got seemed misleading and explained why I could look up salt water taffy and end up on a site that promoted oral sex and chipmunks. They aren't really suggesting that you use key words just to lure people to your site even though that's not what it's about...or are they?

    • Christoph Reilly profile image
      Author

      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Kika: Hello again.

      Spryte: It'll probably work itself out. Wow. You wrote a product hub? I've got an idea, but I'm really going to try to do it by all the SEO rules and see what happens.

    • spryte profile image

      spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

      Well, I've given up on the splinter for tonight. Maybe by tomorrow morning it will have worked it's way out where I can grab it. If not, I have a pin and tweezers at the ready and I'll dig it out if I have to...although I'd would be happier if it would just cooperate.

      I can't tell which way it's facing. All I can see is a small gray dot (which is what leads me to believe it might be metal).

      Nothing wrong with ethnicity...I'm about as mixed as you can get: Ukranian/Mongolian/Polish and French/American Indian/English. How's that for a mutt?