The Make-Believe Me

admin | November 28, 2010 in Music,Running,WordSmatter | Comments (11)

Okay, here’s the deal…

If you’ve heard from me recently, it might not have been me.  If you reached out, someone else may have answered you…or ignored you.

Facebookers, you may have even poked someone you don’t even know. Seriously.  Ew.

There are fake MySpace pages, fake Facebook pages, fake websites, fake email addresses.  Phony “Road Dog Runners,” pretend “Pianomen,” and other mock “McMen” offering running insights and telling road stories.

Oh, sure.  They all look like me.  Same hair, same interests, same gigs.  We are all runners and we all wander the country leaving both musical and uh, marathonical footprints.  They all send out “add a friend” notices and answer questions as me.

These irritating Facebook frauds do work hard at their silly little games. Honestly, these screwballs spend more time PRETENDING to be me than I have to ACTUALLY be me.

Don’t ask.  I don’t know why.  But at least for a good while, I got kicked out of Facebook for being a phonybecause a phony reported that I had built a fake page and was pretending to be the real me when it was really the fake me that was reporting the real me for Facebook fakery.

Whew.  I know…right?

It all blew up while I was traveling the world with a busted laptop, so I wasn’t online, wasn’t watching, and hadn’t a clue.  Some of you would text-message-comment-call me later to say “Dude, is this you?” It probably wasn’t, so thanks for the heads-up.

I wonder.  Do folks still use carrier pigeons?

Maybe I should try that.

11 Responses to “The Make-Believe Me”

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  1. Comment by Anne — November 28, 2010 at 11:23 am  

    Okay…this is tough for this blonde to handle on only 3 cups of coffee… 🙂 Glad you’re back though…or…are you???? 🙂

  2. Comment by Stacy — November 28, 2010 at 11:27 am  

    Ewww is right, I’ve been poked, messaged, requested, emailed and poked again by some fruitloop with major issues. As if, wrong on so many levels. I had to do some house cleaning on my pages in hopes that I weeded out all the fake ‘yous.’ It’s a travishamockery!! Crazy as the time I got a myspace email from “the real Tim McGraw” telling me what he ate for breakfast all down to the Irish cream in his coffee. Really?!! I myself prefer the ‘real’ you, McMahon!! Let me know the status of the carrier pigeons!

  3. Comment by Diana Colmenero — November 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm  

    Unbelievable…well, almost…
    Glad you’re “back.” :0)

  4. Comment by Allykat — November 28, 2010 at 2:45 pm  

    I know! Remember when I congratulated you at the Roanoke, VA preparty for becoming a Daddy? Someone pretending to be you on FB had posted that. Talk about embarrassing! Don’t know why people go to all that trouble pretending to be someone else….pretty sad.

  5. Comment by Dave N. — November 28, 2010 at 3:19 pm  

    Wait, do we really know if this is you? Haha…

  6. Comment by Steve C — December 1, 2010 at 2:28 pm  

    So was that the real you or the fake you I went running with? He looked like you…but he was a little shady, now that I think about it.

  7. Comment by kimmyt — December 1, 2010 at 8:56 pm  

    Will the real Jeff McMahon please stand up, please stand up.

  8. Comment by gayle — December 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm  

    Whew…what a life you lead, or don’t lead! As if knockoff designer handbags, bootleg albums, etc. weren’t enough to watch out for, now we have to watch out for fake people, who by the way look like the real deal! But then again, so do the knockoffs and bootlegs – same look, same sound – just not genuine. Well I for one am glad you are back…or are you – hmmmm…

  9. Comment by Kyle DreierDecember 2, 2010 at 11:38 am  

    I once knew a guy in college that looked and acted a lot like you. In fact, he frequented a diner at all unusually hours. I’m really starting to question my long time friendship with this long haired, lunchtime at Memorial piano playing, pop band dude. Was that you? What was the name of that band … The Mimics?

  10. Comment by Tania — December 3, 2010 at 7:10 pm  

    WOW! That’s crazy Jeff! Can’t believe people have nothing better to do with their time! But really, how flattering is it that someone wants to actually BE you??!!!

  11. Comment by Jacqueline A Lewis — January 11, 2012 at 10:35 am  

    These fake people need to get a life. No one can replace our Jeff!!!

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