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I searched LiveJournal for people living in Madison, and one of the journals that turned up belongs to my boss's son (the one my age, not the younger one).

In and of itself, this is not particularly noteworthy. If asked, I would have guessed that he probably had one, if only to read the entries of other people. I never bothered to go looking for it, mostly because it never occurred to me. Doesn't really matter.

It sure made me stop and think about some of the things I've said about my office, though - not to mention the fun happy timestamps that show just exactly when I'm wasting this time. I make very few of my posts friends-only.

I'm not worried about Jason. If he's ever 1) seen my journal, 2) made the connection of who I am, and 3) read back and seen my bitch-and-moan sessions, he's not said anything yet. Frankly, my impression of him is that his sense of honor would keep him from repeating any of it to his father, even if he felt he should. And I trust him, at least to the extent I know him.

It could really suck if Joe read some of my older entries, though. While I think that unlikely, it's entirely possible that anyone with Internet access - and these days that's everyone - could be reading it.

At present, at least, I'm not going to change anything. I'm taking a chance, always. But really, life is all about taking chances (or, as Amy would say, making choices). I'd rather continue to think of my life as an open book, and just trust that it's shelved in an unlikely location.

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turtle_morn
Jan. 12th, 2004 02:16 pm (UTC)
See, I'm just not that brave. I have anything work related or anything I wouldn't want a co-worker or one of the kids here to read friends-onlied. I've seen kids here get in serious trouble for stuff they wrote in blogs (they mostly use xanga, but same difference) and it jsut isn't worth it.
norabombay
Jan. 12th, 2004 02:41 pm (UTC)
This is why I don't put anything into my LJ that I wouldn't be willing to fess up to. Even in locked posts, I don't say anything about the office I wouldn't say to peoples face, albiet under duress.

I did not however, put my LJ under my own name. For a reason.
ourika
Jan. 12th, 2004 03:00 pm (UTC)
I’m with turtle_morn on this one – anything work related and “iffy” goes friends-only (I do put a lot of posts about work in non-friends only posts, but only if it’s something I plan to ‘fess up to if ever necessary.

I also don’t put anything online that I don’t want anyone to find – even in friend’s only posts.

And your post is a perfect example of why I don’t put any photos of myself up!
turtle_morn
Jan. 12th, 2004 03:08 pm (UTC)
Of course, I always wonder the other way too. If I see posts from kids who go to school at my place of employment discussing things I shouldn't know about, do I get them in trouble? So far, my logic has been only if I think they're in danger (which hasn't come up yet). If I read about one of our kids planning suicide, drinking and driving, etc., I would probably forward the link to whoever seemed like the most concerned adult in that kid's life (advisor, house head, something like that). I'm glad it hasn't come up yet though.
ourika
Jan. 12th, 2004 03:12 pm (UTC)

*nods* That is a tough call. I wouldn’t be surprised if the school actually had a policy about something like that (if you inadvertantly find out that person X is going to do something wrong, report it to Y). What if you saw something that wasn’t a danger but that was a serious issue (a student saying how cool it was that someone had managed to break into the office and copy the answers to tomorrow’s quiz…?
amy_pearlman
Jan. 14th, 2004 09:26 am (UTC)
Actually...
"Life's about choices" is from a certain tall dark strange-one...
collacentaur
Jan. 14th, 2004 09:57 am (UTC)
*grin* I only know uncertain tall dark strange ones - but I know a lot of those.
dream4distance
Feb. 18th, 2004 08:24 pm (UTC)
the son in question
Heya, I came across this entry about a month late since I've only read your journal a couple times. The first time I noted you had one, read the latest entries, and went about my business. This time I'm trolling because I'm sick and bored as all hell. Anyway, you don't need to worry about me reading anything/saying anything. My father may be computer literate but he doesn't really know about the world of online journaling so we're both safe here. As I'm sure you can tell by my ridiculously overemotional posts, I have the same open-book philosophy about my life. I went through a phase where I got really scared that my ex that I was trying to get back together with had found my journal and made ALL my old posts friends-only since a lot of it involved her. In retrospect I was just being paranoid. Like others have said here, rule of thumb for me is not to post anything that I couldn't deal with someone else in particular reading. Luckily, there's nothing in my life at the moment that fits into that category.
collacentaur
Feb. 18th, 2004 09:41 pm (UTC)
Re: the son in question
That's about what I'd figured.

I doubt that I'm much of a cure for boredom - probably more like a cause. But you're welcome to any entertainment you may find here.
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