Have you ever wished you could be someone else … just for a day?
Maybe not someone else, maybe just a different you…
Google yourself. Oh, come on, we all do it. We use to do it just for fun. Now we do it to verify our online presence. In this era of social media it has become necessary to have an online presence and to keep it fed and at the top of the ladder. Just for today, I decided I would try to be one of those other “Michelle Gillies”.
Dr. Michelle Gillies. My father always wanted me to be a doctor. This version of me is a lecturer in Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the University of Glasgow. I’m not even sure what that is but it sounds pretty complicated and although I would love to visit Scotland I’m not prepared to move there.
Michelle Gillies loves mushrooms! OK, that one is new! Is there anyone who would not have checked that one out? It turns out Michelle is the proud owner of Brisbane’s (Australia) lovely new haven for hand-made and eco-friendly gifts The Nook. Yes, Australia is also on my “to visit someday list” but, I got lost just looking at her unique wares in her shop, online…I would never be able to sell any of it, I would just want to keep it all.
This one is great! “Don’t you just love dressing like a pirate and getting chased around a soggy forest by very immature adults dressed like Indians? Nope me neither.” That is how this Scottish Michelle starts her blog “Days Like This” I think this Michelle and I were separated at birth, I’m not a fan of the camping thing and I have definitely had days like that!
Of course I always run across the Michelle Gillies with the arrest reports for crazy assaults that somehow involved cats. I use to get her phone calls from collection agencies. People send me newspaper clippings every time she makes the papers. Once, at Casino Niagara, I went to check my “Players Points” and was surrounded by undercover RCMP officers. Seriously, they made a circle around me before I even looked up. They had guns! After some interrogation and someone producing the mug shots of the Michelle in question I was released and the casino bought me dinner for my “embarrassment”. Who could eat!? I got the heck out of that place.
My former boss once walked into my office with that “cat that swallowed the canary” grin on his face. “Michelle, I just googled you…” I sat there wondering what deep dark secret he had dug up out about my past, or if that criminally minded Michelle had reared her head again. As I watched him, I could see the crimson beginning at his neck line and expanding to full faced red. He stumbled over “There were naked pictures…”. He showed me on the computer what he had found. (Sorry, I am not linking you here!) She was gorgeous! Stunning! Breathtaking! Sexy! Did I say gorgeous? I looked him straight in the eye and said calmly, “Yes, that’s me.”
In my dreams, but only for a day.