Monday, June 04, 2007

My Flickr Thinks I'm Gay!

Several years ago Jeffery Zaslow over at the Wall Street Journal had a hilarious article titled, Oh no! My TiVo Thinks I'm Gay! (editorial note: Shortly after the article was published, WSJ changed the title to: If TiVo Thinks You Are Gay, Here's How to Set It Straight because they were reportedly worried that the "Oh no!" part of the headline somehow implied that there was something wrong with being gay.) I remember one blogger at the time offering, "If Tivo thinks I'm gay, I'd hate to think what Amazon must think of me!"

Four years later I seem to have run into a similar problem. TiVo has me pegged correctly as a nerdy overweight straight armchair adventurer... but Flickr apparently thinks I'm gay, and it's all due to this photo:

(At this time I should probably interject the obligatory P.C. Seinfeld disclaimer: "Not that there's anything wrong with that")

Shortly after posting this photo, my Flickr account began getting befriended by several Flickr members who I didn't know. As is customary, I checked their Flickr profiles out, only to discover that the preponderance of their photos were of young beefcake guys. Looking at that picture of myself again, I can't help but think, "Boy, I sure am handsome" ... but I maintain that it's not a "gay" looking photo at all. My good friend Mike happens to agree with me and said, "I like that picture!" (On second thoughts, and after looking at that picture of Mike again, let me retract that: I might not be offering the strongest of defenses here.)

Anyway ... next time I have a good cigar out on a nice sunny day, I'll be posing for a re-take of that photo -- with a stripper on each arm.

(um... a female stripper, that is.)


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