I thought I’d have a little fun writing a post to confirm or bust many of the funny myths that I’ve seen going around the Internet about Single Dad Laughing. Heck, some of these have made it all the way to the people in my own personal circle. Some of them have even been brought up on first dates (that’s always fun conversation!)
All the disinformation and baseless speculation used to drag me down to deep states of horrific depression in which I’d want to go do something crazy like machete the neighbor’s plastic flamingos. Now, they make me laugh as I’ve come to realize they’re just a part of having a big blog. And I bet you’ll get a kick out of hearing them, too.
Anyway, here are the top
ten eleven myths/rumors about SDL. In no particular order.
Okay, I lied. They’re in the order that I thought of them, which I guess is a particular order.
Myth #1: Dan is a pseudonym that I use here on Single Dad Laughing. My real life name is actually Tony.
Myth: Busted. Kind of.
This myth originated from when I posted a video of me on The Price is Right. My name tag had Tony written on it, and in a subsequent Q&A post, I told everyone my first name was actually Tony but that I go by Dan. I maybe should have clarified this a little better. My middle name is Daniel. My dad’s name is Tony. My parents raised me as “Danny” and when I was an older teen I shortened it to Dan. While on the Price is Right, they made us use our legal names or we wouldn’t be eligible for prizes. It didn’t matter because I blew my chances at fame and fortune anyway. Or more accurately, all the people who bid a dollar above me blew my chances. Those jerks.
Those backstabbing weenies did what they had to do.
Myth #2: Multiple writers write this blog pretending to be one person. I’m just a pretty face on a giant conspiracy.
This myth was started by fellow dad bloggers back in the earlier days of Single Dad Laughing. It’s still one of the favorites being passed around. It’s always made me laugh. I mean, come on, is it that hard to come up with a post each day all by myself? All it really means is that I’m a nerd without a life, right?
Plus, there’s not much pretty about this face.
Except maybe when you look at it upside-down.
Myth #3: I beg for money from my followers.
Myth: what is the definition of beg?
This myth comes from my September post in which I told my followers that my overhead had gone up, that I hadn’t been able to figure out how to monetize this blog properly, and that if two-hundred some odd of them could pitch in a dollar a month to help me pay for the new server, I could keep going with it. The aftermath of that post led to the information I needed to get my blog properly monetized, and I later removed that post to keep more donations from coming in. I also shared a post later on letting people know that things were okay for me now. I’ve never asked for money since and never will again. Why would I when all my dreams have come true? And by all my dreams, I mean that I have enough to cover my expenses. And by expenses, I mean I have the money I need to enable me in my chocolate addiction.
Myth #4: The Brave Teen post was fake.
Myth: Busted. More or less.
There are two versions of this rumor going around. The first was that I wrote that email myself. The second was that whoever sent it to me made the whole thing up. The Daily Beast (Newsweek’s blog) even interviewed me and talked about it.
The honest truth is, I have no way of knowing if the story was true or not. It was sent to me anonymously and the sender hasn’t contacted me since. Of course, the fact that it couldn’t really be authenticated was a given when I posted it so I’m not sure why some people think they’re onto some big conspiracy. When I got the email, I thought to myself, hmmm, this is really touching and powerful, I bet my readers would enjoy it, and I shared it with you. Never in a million years did I think it would go viral.
I’ve had a long time to think about whether it matters to me if it was true or not, and I can say that 1) I don’t care if it is, and 2) I have no reason to believe that it’s not true. I mean, I can’t think of a single reason anybody would make that up and send it to me.
The reason I don’t care if it’s true or not is because… it is true even if the story isn’t. Teens struggle with such dynamics every single day. Parents struggle with such dynamics every single day. And, love conquers even the biggest hateful divides every… single… day.
Anyways, I took a screenshot of the email a couple days after the post as evidence that I did indeed receive the email. Click here if you’re dying to see it. If you’re like most people, you simply don’t care.
On a side note: my favorite part about the “he wrote it himself” rumor is that the same people crying that I masterfully wrote it are the same ones constantly screaming that I’m a terrible writer. Choose a side, people! Do I suck or am I a masterful writer? I can’t be both.
Myth #5: The majority of my comments are fake comments to make my blog look bigger than it is.
I still see this one all the time. The first time I remember seeing it was when those same dad bloggers started the rumor back in October of 2010.
Since starting Single Dad Laughing, more than 115,000 comments have been left here. Many of them are thousands of words long. By my calculations, it would take me about 26 hours per day since the day I started if I were to write all the comments on my blog.
I have better things to do than sit there all day creating fake accounts to make fake comments with. I mean, how am I supposed to write fake blog posts if I’m spending all my time writing fake comments? Oh, that’s right. I have a team of writers doing that for me.
Anyways… SURPRISE! You don’t actually exist.
(I know, I know, I’ve made that joke before.)
Myth #6: I make up a lot of the stories that I tell.
The people who spread this rumor usually spread it by saying everything I’ve written couldn’t possibly have happened to me. I’m just looking for traffic, some say. Others say I’m just banking on whatever’s a hot topic at the time.
What I can’t seem to find is a single story on my blog that has been made up.
Embellished. Yes. From time to time. This is a blog. I am a blogger. Funny embellishing is part of what I do.
But they’re always minor and they’re never embellishments of things that didn’t happen.
I’m 31 years old (almost 32!). Isn’t it possible that a lot of hilarious, poignant, hurtful, or life-altering things have happened to me in the 11,670 days I’ve been alive?
Maybe I need to sit at home doing “nothing” more often so that I don’t have so many stories to share. Oh wait. Can’t tonight. I’m off to belt out some karaoke with some friends of mine.
Don’t worry. I’ll probably cry over something amazing and powerful while I’m there. I’ll probably stand up to bullies who are ridiculing some poor schmo on stage and call on all of you to help me end such bar room incidents. I’m not sure. I’ll let you know tomorrow. I gotta figure out how to tie it into the current election coverage first.
Myth #7: I quit my job when my blog went big.
But why does it matter?
I had a very time-consuming and well-paying job when Single Dad Laughing first started going viral. It became very apparent very quickly that there was literally no way I could do both. One of them had to go. Being that I had just been divorced (thus feeling okay about starting over) and that the thought of building something worthwhile could be an exciting new move in life, I took a leap of faith and turned in my two weeks notice.
There are some things I’ve never told any of you about it though. Like what opportunities I had lined up for me when I quit.
I had several universities across the country who had offered to pay me a lot of money to come speak at graduations or events. Many high schools were also offering to pay me for an afternoon of my time. I thought it was something I could do for immediate income while I figured the writing thing out. In fact, I had more than $20,000 of speaking opportunities lined-up when I left my career in business. Contrary to some bloggers’ opinions, quitting my job wasn’t exactly a stupid or irresponsible move as a parent. It was just a different path.
That being said, those speaking opportunities all centered around one topic. Bullying. And after quitting my job, the reality hit me that if I started down that road, my entire career would swing that way and it would be very hard to come back from. That may have been okay (I actually really enjoy public speaking), if I was ready to be a big voice for bullying like that. But I wasn’t. The invitations were given to me based on my post Memoirs of a Bullied Kid. I wrote that post as an attempt to overcome my very heavy demons, not as a voice of somebody who had all the answers. I was still battling those demons, and to pretend I wasn’t would be a misrepresentation.
And so, I made the tough decision to cancel all of the speaking gigs I had lined up and focus on getting myself to the right place by focusing on blogging first. This made making a living difficult for a while as I had no clue what I was doing. The information I kept getting in the limited time I could spend getting it was all the wrong information. And trying to make the wrong information work is what took me to the brink of giving up on this whole thing. I’m so glad I didn’t.
Cause as it turns out, you can do a lot with the right information. And as bad as it sucked, getting all the wrong information is what ultimately led to me getting some of the best information I ever could have gotten, so I can’t complain too much.
Myth #8: I publicly declared that my goal is to have the highest paying blog in the world.
Never in the history of my blog has a lot of money been my goal. Ever. And I’ve never said anything like that. I have no idea where this one originated from but I’ve seen it popping up lately.
What I have said is that it hurt when my finger got a staple stapled into it. I also said that a chicken got trapped in my suburban garage and pooped all over my new car. I also admitted that I crapped my pants on a Boy Scout hike, which led to the organization of a search party.
But nope, never said my only goal of this blog was big money. I mean, please. I could never compete with most of the biggest bloggers out there. I’m small potatoes, and I like it that way.
Myth #9: I created a fake email account and wrote to several dad bloggers about how awesome Single Dad Laughing was.
I mean, it hasn’t happened yet, but it’s a great idea so I’m going to confirm this myth in advance. I think I’ll do that when I have absolutely nothing to do.
Which means you dad bloggers can expect a fake email from a fake person about how awesome I am in, oh, I don’t know, fifty years or so? If I’m not out fishing with my then 55 year old son and his then 30 year old son and his then three year old son.
Which I probably will be, come to think about it, so make that sixty years. By then Noah will have stuck me in a home.
Myth #10: I purposefully craft my posts to go viral and I purposefully pull all of your gullible heartstrings on a constant basis.
I have never written anything in an attempt to make it go viral.
Oh, fine. I lied.
I have. Several times.
But nothing I ever tried to formulate to go viral (all humor stuff) ever did.
It’s actually quite the opposite. Almost everything I’ve written that has gone viral was something I thought was so opinionated and controversial that it might be the end of me and my blog. For many of them it took me a long time to get the guts to post. I knew they had the power to alienate me from not only my readers, but the people in my personal life. And that’s a scary thought.
But in the end, I really believe in being honest in what I believe and what I would love to see changed in this world. I’m thankful that so much of what I’ve written has touched so many people. Really, really, really thankful. Like, smack me with a frying pan thankful.
As for the pulling of all of your gullible heartstrings, I have to laugh.
As a great irony, a few of the posts I’ve shared that have gone viral have also mentioned me “crying” or “weeping” about the issue. I have only mentioned crying in an extremely small handful of posts here on SDL, and because those are the ones that went viral, they are also the only posts that some people ever read. This of course spurred the rumor that it was all part of my “formula” for writing viral posts, and that you’re all a bunch of naive, gullible, idiots who can’t see me for who I really am.
What I like to think is that you’re all the genius, real, awesome readers who have tuned-in to many of the other 830 posts that I’ve also shared. Posts that were made to entertain you. Made to make you laugh. Made to make you think. Made to get good discussion going. And made to have fun with. Oh, and that didn’t mention crying or weeping or being a big man baby.
The truth is, I am a big man baby sometimes. I’ll admit it. I cry a *little* more often than the average man, I bet. I get my feelings hurt really easily. Just ask both my ex-wives. I cried when I watched The Notebook. And Titanic. And probably even X-Men. But all joking aside, a lot of my past really hurt me to the point that writing about it to try and overcome it was overwhelming to the senses. That’s all.
My “big crime” was sharing those emotions with you. Which I thought was okay to do being that this is my blog and all. I didn’t realize there was a set of rules to which I was supposed to adhere.
Oh wait. There’s not. I know cause I just looked up the definition of blog on wictionary and it defines it as:
“A website that allows users to reflect, share opinions, and discuss various topics in the form of an online journal while readers may comment on posts. Most blogs are written in a slightly informal tone.”
In other words, this is my diary. And if you don’t like hearing about my feelings, stop snooping around in it.
BONUS Myth #11: I’m gay.
I’m sure this myth originated from my post I’m Christian, unless you’re gay, as well as all the follow-up posts. But nope, not gay. Sorry guys, I like boobs too much.
Did I just say that?
Yes I did. Happily. I happily like boobs.
Anyway, I don’t know where these “websites” are, but I keep having men (many of them rather good looking, I’ll admit) email me and invite me out for coffee or whatnot. When I tell them I’m not gay, they usually apologize profusely and tell me they read somewhere that I was.
Of course, I always feel flattered no matter who flirts with me. Just because I’m not gay doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the compliment it is to have a person hit on me, right?
I do have some funny stories of prominent women in my life asking me straight up if I am gay, always based on the funniest misinformation.
And by prominent women, I mean my mom.
And both my ex-wives.
I’m still trying to decide if that’ll make as funny a post as I think it will.
What do you think?
Anyway, those are the first
ten eleven myths/rumors that come to mind. There are lots more, but those are another blog post for another day.
You know, whenever my team of writers can jump on that for me.
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
PS. Do you find the rumor mill to be as funny as I do? Have you heard any other SDL myths that could use a good myth busting?
And, just for my own need for information, what posts of mine have touched you the most, made you laugh the most, and [gulp] turned you off the most? I’d love some real feedback from y’all moving forward.
About the gay thing... I read in Parents magazine that you posted that your Bisexual? They did this whole article on the best blogs. yours was in there which is how I found you! they had pieces of your post about coming out to your son.
Are you Bi or straight? JW not like it really matters but now im confused
I just found this entry under the "Things About Christmas" one, so I'm aware I'm very late to comment but I wanted to say, I really enjoy all your entries but the one that touched me the most and got me thinking about life and perceptions etc. was I'm Christian, Unless You're Gay. That was amazing.
I always say rumors are the best way to find out about yourself ;) I was introduced to your blog when my bestest friend sent me the one about the two type of people in the world, religious or not. I loved it! I come from a very, very, VERY Mormon family; and well, I'm just, not. I drink sometimes, coffee is my friend, I have a tattoo, you name something they would disapprove of, I've probably done it or are now doing it. It's hard being the ONLY one that doesn't fit, thanks for letting me know I'm not. Oh, and I'm glad you're not gay, just nice to know that there is nice, good looking, single dad's out there for a single mom like me ;)
Dan, you are a hoot! I love SDL. I've been following since that 'perfection' blog. You are such an inspiration, and breath of fresh air... I, personally, have never heard any of those rumors, but I only follow a few bloggers. Yay! You are one of my 3 bloggers, because, you are REAL, and that is obvious to me...The other 2 are Real too... That's it. And you are a 'pretty face'... If you were 10 years older...Or I was 10 years younger... ;)
"X-Men" was pushing it. Though I totally understand crying during "X-Men 3." I threw up a lot, but can see weeping being a perfectly legitimate response, too.
I Love the gay rumor. I guess they aren't reading your work very closely. Maybe you will like my saying "I flirt with Men, Women and children but I only sleep with my man" of course you would have to change that to women, but you get it :)
That was a year ago, when I wanted my pictures could be loaded at Beautiful You on SDL, and Dan said that all pics must be sent through facebook, it's meant I must join in Fb first. So that's ! SDL was the reason why I became a facebooker. Thank u Dan/SDL
Wow. Just wow. I love reading your posts. I am a 34 year old mom of 8 that has been married for 17 years. Times get rough, I'm going through hell again right now, then they get better. There are always funny things that happen or things that just make you go, "Hmmm," and you sometimes feel the need to share. I wish I had half the talent for writing that you do. I can't remember the first post I read of yours, but I have loved so many of them! I actually introduced my husband and his best friend to your Worthless Women.....post a few days ago and have sent a few other people your way. My husband followed you on FB and the friend says that the post reminds him of things he has done and may be part of why his marriage fell apart about 6 years ago.
I'm surprised the name thing is an issue - over the course of my life, I've known many, many people who've primarily used their middle name, changed the spelling of their first name, gone by a nickname, or just outright changed their name entirely. It's never occurred to me to even think twice about it. Besides, you look like a Dan. Oh, and let me add another vote for the awesomeness of boobs. ;)
This was fabulously fun and gave me a little something to aspire to with my blog: Debunking the Top 10 Myths about Me. (My last benchmark was from Carrie Fisher, a Pez dispenser in my likeness.)
Fun post, Dan. Thanks for sharing. And I agree -- being hetero doesn't mean I can't appreciate the hell out of it when I get a compliment, regardless of who is handing them out (as long as they're sincere and not snarky). Thank you for taking the leap of faith required to start blogging - it's been insightful, fun, thought-provoking, tear-jerking, and laugh-inducing; and it's always appreciated.
Oh rumors. I can honestly say I never once even thought about any of the above mentioned rumors. Some people have way to much time on their hands. They need to share.
HOORAY for boobies!! Dude, I know you're straight, not wealthy, a genuine guy in other words. I wish you every happiness, which doesn't mean to say that I want you to be filthy rich. Money kind of ruins things in many ways. It seems to me that you are honest, a great dad, and a man who has a great inner monologue that we get the privilege of experiencing as you share. Sod the naysayers, and keep on blogging. I, for one, heterosexual, female, mother of 3 amazing kids, love you!
Rumors do so much damage, and there are so few ways to stop or refute them, except for people to stop repeating them! I enjoyed your humorous approach. A positive outlook is so important. And I enjoy following your blog. Most recently, your post about how to share your beliefs with your son, especially since you and his mom have different beliefs, was one that really made me think for days after I read it! It helped forced me to clarify for myself some things about how I raise my own children. Thanks for your willingness to share the craziness of your life with us! It helps some of us to know we're not alone! Blessings!
The rumor mill is always entertaining :P I was recently told that I was nothing like the stuck-up-bitch with a stick up my ass one of my classmates said I was. I found it entertaining to be told such a thing. But then again I hold said classmate at arms length because she's a rumor-monger.... Hmm... There is a correlation I guess :P
None of the above matters...All that matters is you help people become better parents. Sometimes you point out things other parents would not notice until you brought it up ( Congratulations you broke your child) . As long as you make a difference who cares what people think or say. Some just get mad because you make them realize they are not as great as they thought they are. That everyone makes mistakes as parents. My children are grown and they grew up strong good and independent. But I still look back and realize I made many mistakes and regret that i don't have a small child now. I think I would be a much better parent now I am in my forties and have more patience, compassion and time then I did in my twenties....Plus your wonderful guidance and views.
As usual you made me laugh. A lot. The people at work must think I'm crazy by now. Thank you for always being honest and laying it all out on the line.
Dan, I am so grateful for your posts, all of them, even the ones I haven't read. :) I'm grateful for your courage and honesty and perseverance. I'm most drawn, so far, to your big, deep posts, mostly because I'm working through a lot of the same tough lessons (traumatized by bullying, a big struggle with attitudes toward gay people because I JUST DON'T understand how it's a problem), but your funny posts make me laugh until I'm crying and are a blessing as well. Most profoundly, your example is very helpful to me, because for some time now I've been feeling the urgent need to express my Truths and send them out into the world, but fear of, well, the kind of stuff you've been dealing with, and the idea that my one voice couldn't possibly be heard, much less do any good, has been keeping me from it. You're example has shown me that the important thing is to say what your heart tells you needs to be said and let the chips fall where they may, one voice can make a difference, and even heaps ('torrents' is maybe a better word. Vitreol is fluid, right?) of spiteful vitreol is survivable. A chance for more growth even. So Thank You. I am grateful for you.
I think I first started following your blog around May 2011. I think the first post I read was also "Congratulations...You Just Broke Your Child." I've participated in 2 baby photo contests. The posts I remember most are of course the ones that went viral. I also love "You Said What to Your Kid?" I rather liked the Stapled Finger, it made my RFLMAO. I frequently read a current post or two then check out another post or two under the "You May Also Like" section. Thanks for sharing Dan. You're AWESOME!
Gay? Straight? Tony? Dan? Doesn't matter. Thanks for sharing your life with us. Besides I went down in flames years ago on the "Price Is Right" too. I feel your pain.
Haha! Those myths were hilarious--so glad you could find the humor in them and share it with us. My first introduction was "I'm Christian Unless You're Gay"--the second posting, because I didn't see it the first time it went viral. It was such an incredible piece, and then the teen's response. Just...WOW! So I immediately decided I had to read more. The "you just broke your child" piece touched me so deeply, that for the first time, I posted a response. And I got to see, first-hand, some of the haters and bullies that at times stalk your site. It was eye-opening and a little bit scary. It's amazing how many responses you are still getting to that piece. Thank you, so very VERY much, for continuing to write with such honesty and open-ness. You have a huge heart...thanks for sharing it with the rest of us!
I haven't been a very "loyal" follower of your blog. I read when I have time, which is about never on a scale of 'couch potato' to 'haha, yeah right'. I admit I'm embarrassingly behind on your posts. That being said, of what I have read the one that has stuck with me and influenced me the most was the first one I ever read. ( http://www.danoah.com/2010/09/you-just-broke-your-child.html)I grew up a broken child, and I will admit there are times when something has slipped out of my mouth and I've though "Oh my God you've become your mother". And not in the way that most parents typically do, but in the worst, ugliest way. Every time I've said something less than kind, or am about to say something less than kind to my child I have thought of that post and regrouped. Sometimes when my words have let loose before my compassion can catch them I have sat on the floor with my child and admitted I was wrong. Sometimes we share tears. Every time we share hugs and I learn humility. It has impacted my parenting in a very deep way and hopefully some day it will impact my daughters' as well. Keep on doing what you're doing
First post of yours I ever read was the Worthless women and the men who make them one. I commented then on how much I cried, because I recognized myself so much in your words. I vowed then and there that I would carry myself differently, and act as if I knew how special I was. 2 weeks later, I met my current boyfriend. He is nothing like the men I dated in the past. He acknowledges what a fantastic woman I am and how grateful he is to have me in his life. After 18 months of dating, we have never so much as had a fight. He doesn't put me down, and I don't give him the room to. I think that post boosted my confidence to new heights, and with that confidence I was able to attract a man who appreciates a confident woman. In the past, with my very palpable low self esteem, all I attracted were men who would put me down to feel better about themselves. Thanks Dan, or Tony, or whatever your REAL name is for continuing to inspire me with your wit and wisdom. You are a wonderful role model to Noah. The world needs more dads like you, single or otherwise, but laughing nonetheless.
Your humor never fails to make me laugh right out loud. Keep it up and I'm sure one of your funny posts will go viral :)
It's so hard for me to believe that I don't exist....that I am a fictional character of YOUR mind.....but I have spent many hours feeling as if I am in a dream, so perhaps this all makes sense..... LOL!!
I've never understood rumors or gossip.
I may have inadvertently spread it once or twice, but for the most part, I don't really bother with it, since it is usually so blatantly off.
I remember a few years ago, I got really sick, and was nauseous all the time.
I heard a rumor that I was pregnant, which was HILARIOUS, since I'd had a hysterectomy a year prior!
So I encourage you to ignore the rumors. There are people out here who quietly read and love your blogs. And, though we may have originally shown up due to one of your more sensational topics, it's the daily dose of positivity that keeps us around.
I am a woman. I have boobs. Gay men love them. One gay friend, who is in his 70's and never saw the inside of a closet, insists that I rub my boobs on his elbow every Sunday at church. Everybody loves boobs.
Maybe you are gay. Ya think? (JK)
Wow. Some people are so strange! Btw, if I was single and lived near you I would totally hit on you. Well, maybe I'd actually be too shy. But I like to think I'd have the guts to do it because you are awesome :)
I have this poem on gossip. It has been on my wall forever.... GOSSIP Nobody’s Friend My name is Gossip. I have no respect for justice. I maim without killing. I break hearts and ruin lives. I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age. The more I am quoted the more I am believed. My victims are helpless. They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face. To track me down is impossible. The harder you try, the more elusive I become. I am nobody’s friend. Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same. I topple governments and wreck marriages. I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights, heartaches and indigestion. I make innocent people cry in their pillows. Even my name hisses. I am called Gossip. I make headlines and headaches. Before you repeat a story, ask yourself: Is it true? Is it harmless? Is it necessary? If it isn’t, don’t repeat it. ~ Author Unknown
Brush it off and keep going. SDL means a lot to a lot of people--that much is obvious to anyone who reads your posts and the subsequent comments. (Not to put any excess pressure on you or anything.) If everyone likes what you're doing, you're doing it wrong.
I heard a rumor that you were married. As if! Your blog is, after all, titled SINGLE DAD LAUGHING not MARRIED MAN KILLING SINGLE LADIES HOPES AND DREAMS...
I could care less if you are Dan, almost 32 year old single dad-blogger extraordinaire, or if you are 65 year old Lily, a retired Vegas stripper who now lives in Portugal. I don't care. I hope you make tons of money doing what you do. I wish I could make money blogging like you do. I have never had the money to take my kids to Disney... heck I can't even afford to take them to the arcade some weeks. But I don't have intentions of getting all pissy and jealous and then spread rumors about you that aren't true. I hope you are very successful in whatever you do. Your blog is entertaining, and inspiring. And that is all that matters to me. Thank you. BTW: Your bidding was pretty sucky on TPIR. (really? did I say sucky?) But in 1999, I was 19 and I totally would have thought you were adorable back then just as you are now... plus I always root for the underdog, so I would have cheered you on to the end!
I loved this piece... I love your humor in answering these ridiculous claims... especially the confirmed fake email - for the future :-) On a Side Note... there are quite a few of my gay friends that actually like boobs... just not the rest of the woman bits LOL
Don't ya just love the rumor mill. One of my greatest joys in life has been to propagate rumors started about me only to backfire on the person(s) who started the rumors. Makes for some very interesting apologies. LOL. Keep writing...oh and to quote a guy who's stuff I really love to read, "You! Keep being Awesome!!"