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(vanity) 6 Degrees of FreeRepublic - finding someone you know is a FReeper
marty's vain ol' head | 8/31/08 | marty_f

Posted on 08/31/2008 8:12:32 PM PDT by martin_fierro

We all know that FreeRepublic is a great place to trade ideas/news/resources/knowledge/humor with similarly-minded people.

A lot of folks on here have made friends with complete strangers via this forum.

Other people have even met and gotten married through this site.

But does anyone have a story where they had seen a FReepers' posts on here and later discovered that they actually knew the poster in the "real world"?

(Celebrity posters like the late, great Tony Snow not included)


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: coinkydink; itsasmallwrldaftrall
This may not seem like such a big deal to those in Red State America, but it's different for those of us in Blue States. Kindred spirits are harder to find.

For instance, a guy I know at work cops to "visiting FR on a daily basis," but wouldn't admit to having an account on here. And he may not. But I didn't share my account name with him.

1 posted on 08/31/2008 8:12:33 PM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: martin_fierro

I post under my real name. Have for 10 years. And I invite multitudes of people in my daily life to read what I write. I know some do because they look at me in strange ways sometimes. :-}


2 posted on 08/31/2008 8:15:57 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (Sarah Palin Pro Life, Pro Gun, Pro America, Thank you Lord! :-})
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To: martin_fierro
Yes - traded posts here with a fellow who's in my parish and KofC council.


3 posted on 08/31/2008 8:20:05 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Peregrine, patron saint of cancer patients, pray for us.)
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To: martin_fierro

We had a Freeper meeting here in Utah, we met at a diner south of Salt Lake City, and it was fun, but no, there was no one there I already knew.

We just spread the invitation among those Freepers registered for Utah.

It seems that happened four or five years ago now.


4 posted on 08/31/2008 8:26:01 PM PDT by Sundog (Paulin McCain 2008. Isn't that a more reasonable order?)
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To: martin_fierro

I have posted on FR for a long time, primarily under my current screen name. I was a linguist in VN and post frequently on topics that pertain to that; another person who posts contacted me and it turns out that we had met, years prior, in the Philippines. We’ve renewed our acquaintanceship since then.


5 posted on 08/31/2008 8:26:47 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: Sundog
Met and called several (by phone and restaurant meetings) - but almost were all were out-of-state.

Only one was in the local area.

6 posted on 08/31/2008 8:28:09 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Rembrandt

“It’s A Small World After All”


7 posted on 08/31/2008 8:28:19 PM PDT by VOA
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To: martin_fierro

No, but my mom lurks and figured out what my screen name was based on details I had posted. Luckily, she doesn’t know how to search the forum by poster. ; )


8 posted on 08/31/2008 8:28:42 PM PDT by conservative cat
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To: martin_fierro

“Other people have even met and gotten married through this site.”

Maybe there’s hope after all.


9 posted on 08/31/2008 8:30:22 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: martin_fierro

Yeah, though I live in a “Red State”..more or less. INDIANA!


10 posted on 08/31/2008 8:33:11 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: jwalsh07
I post under my real name. Have for 10 years.

Me too. I've got nothing to hide. The people in my life know I'm a right-wing zealot. I have only partners, not bosses, and short of outright criminality there's really no significant repercussion I can suffer.

The only time I've regretted it is when I said unkind and intemperate things about Islam, forgetting the many decent and honorable individual Muslims I know. I am trying harder to to distinguish radical Islamism from the religion per se, not always with success, but otherwise I stand by what I say here.

-ccm

11 posted on 08/31/2008 8:35:11 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: martin_fierro

A couple of years ago I met up on FR with a neighbor who had just moved in less than a mile away.


12 posted on 08/31/2008 8:37:53 PM PDT by eggman (Read it on Free Republic tonight, see it on the network news when the DNC sends them the copy.)
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To: martin_fierro

Eight years ago I was surprised to find out I was sitting in the same row of the same class with another FReeper. It IS a small world.


13 posted on 08/31/2008 8:39:55 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: martin_fierro
I am in a pretty blue part of the world myself...back when 'RatherGate' happened, one of my sons almost 'outed' me...'Isn't FReeRepublic one of the sites you post on?'...'Who me?!?!?!? I am just an average mom, clinging to my...errr, whatever, in Pennsylvania.'
14 posted on 08/31/2008 8:40:36 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (I am still bitter. And apparently also stupid.)
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To: martin_fierro

I met a fellow through another site that turned out to be a freeper too.


15 posted on 08/31/2008 8:40:44 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: martin_fierro

I talked to a guy on here who exchanged work related emails with my mother-in-law. Otherwise, nothing too exciting.


16 posted on 08/31/2008 8:42:24 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: martin_fierro

I was chatting one day and realized a fellow FReeper came from my the same area as me.....we FReep mailed each other and it hit me who she was! I guess her name right away and she had me on her short list of five......we both still FReep.


17 posted on 08/31/2008 8:43:27 PM PDT by tioga (Vote the mavericks, McCain/Palin in 2008!)
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To: martin_fierro

oh, yeah. I learned about this site from another FReeper.....he still FReeps, too....although he moved away.


18 posted on 08/31/2008 8:44:24 PM PDT by tioga (Vote the mavericks, McCain/Palin in 2008!)
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To: tioga

bttt


19 posted on 08/31/2008 8:46:29 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Obama is the Democrats guy. They bought the ticket, now they must take the ride.)
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To: martin_fierro
But does anyone have a story where they had seen a FReepers' posts on here and later discovered that they actually knew the poster in the "real world"?

No. Have had pleasant exchanges with a couple from my area, not lately, I don't know too many people any more and think there aren't many FReepers where I live. I have met some nice folks here with whom I feel I can connect on some level.

I don't tell people in my life or elsewhere on the web I'm registered here because we're considered too right wing and a hate site. But there're more and more things I don't tell people, like that I'm a registered Republican, things like that, reluctant to share my political views and thoughts because my opinions aren't wanted. And I can talk to liberals offline believe it or not if they are in an even-tempered mood. If for no other reason, I like so many of the news articles and links that are posted, even the barf alert ones, keeps me feeling connected with the bigger world out there. I read other places, too, of course, don't post a whole lot anywhere.

Heh. My daughter comes in with an Obama t shirt offers it to me. No thanks, I don't want it in the house. Then I said, no I can't be like that. Then she puts it on lol, said it cost $10. She can ill afford to spend that on a t shirt. But she was asking me about Obama. So I told her I'd been researching about his voting record, some of his associations, she is clueless about what some of it might mean. She said I was just digging up dirt on him. I had to think about that for a day or more and informed her that I wasn't doing it to dig up dirt on him but I wanted to find out, if I could, some of the things that are swirling out there that the MSM won't report, if they are really true or if I am overreacting and paranoid. But I did exactly the same thing, not too much for McCain because a lot is right in front of me about him, but for Palin. I wanted to be prepared for the onslaught and find out everything I could so I can be informed. I wasn't one of the ones who "had never heard of her." And it was all because of FR.

20 posted on 08/31/2008 8:49:07 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

I’ve had something like that happen too. My class was reading a book about journalism and while reading very diligently(/whistles) I missed the part that mentioned Free republic . Well my room mate was reading the book also, and she must have finished reading that chapter because she comes and looks over my shoulder and says, “So your on Free Republic.” It took me two weeks to figure out why she said that (The book I think didn’t put it in a good light... I’m not really sure though. I read it five times and still didn’t get why they put it in).

It would be so cool to meet another Freeper though. There’s a lot in GA, so maybe I have but I doubt I know any. That’s because I only really know college students and computer inept adults or liberals.


21 posted on 08/31/2008 8:51:12 PM PDT by Toki
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To: Sundog

Wingers I believe was the place. Great bunch of people!


22 posted on 08/31/2008 8:59:53 PM PDT by Issaquahking (McCain/Palin rule - libs drool. All over but the crying now!)
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To: Issaquahking

You are so right!

You know what was the best for me?

Seeing how many people brought their Freeper children along, my own daughter included. It turned into a regular daddy-daughter date for some of us.


23 posted on 08/31/2008 9:03:21 PM PDT by Sundog (Paulin McCain 2008. Isn't that a more reasonable order?)
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To: tioga

yep!

It was a thread about the Diocese of Rochester!
Great minds think alike!

We joined the night a Cat5 hurricane was heading for florida.
Our daughter was supposed to take a trip to Orlando the day before it was supposed to hit.
My hubby was searching the internet for hurricane news and somehow found this site.
We didn’t even realize it was a conservative site.

He registered under his name, but got interrupted.
I continued the conversation under “scotswife” - so they would realize they weren’t still talking to him.

Anyways...it didn’t take long to realize this was the place to check or news, politics, and funnies.

I’ve seen other freeps post about coming from this area, but tioga is the only one I know personally.


24 posted on 08/31/2008 9:03:22 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: JSDude1

It all depends upon where you are in the state. There are blue areas in Indiana, just like there are red areas in most of the blue states.


25 posted on 08/31/2008 9:11:57 PM PDT by reg45
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To: martin_fierro

Of all the people I want to meet on FR martin you would have to be at the top. Although slim and chuck are also there along side you. Jim Rob would be there too.


26 posted on 08/31/2008 9:55:35 PM PDT by xp38
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To: martin_fierro
Damn, I was hoping this thread was going to be something along the lines of:

Kevin Bacon was in "We Married Margo" with Erik Estrada.
Erik Estrada was in "Loaded Weapon 1" with James Doohan.
James Doohan was named "Scotty".
Many Scots settled in Appalachia.
Jed Clampett migrated from Appalachia to California.
California is where FreeRepublic is. (6!)

Yeah. That would have been much more fun.

27 posted on 08/31/2008 10:02:20 PM PDT by Hoplite
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To: martin_fierro

Wow, interesting thread.

I Freepmail with people on here regularly but have never met anyone on the ‘outside’ who’s a Freeper.

I’m not sure I want to. While I envy those Freepers who seem so close-knit, I like keeping FR separate from my everyday life. It’s a nice refuge.


28 posted on 08/31/2008 10:03:42 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: reg45

Columbus (..weird town..) BC is usually a reliable “Republican” stronghold, yet on the west side of I65 is mostly made up of “rockefeller liberal republicans”, and yuppies that think Columbus is NYC..gag me)! Anyway, even though I must love them as Christ did, give me the south (used to live there, both in VA, NC and SC anyday :-)!


29 posted on 08/31/2008 10:07:35 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: Lijahsbubbe
FR is an anonymous community. Ideal really.
30 posted on 08/31/2008 10:34:08 PM PDT by 444Flyer (Marriage=1 man+1 woman! Vote "YES" on Prop 8, amend the Calif. State Constitution this November.)
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