I was checking on a Colorado Trail Facebook forum, and I see this question:
The astute reader will notice that the person’s profile photo looks a bit like this thru-hiker from 2006:
Yep. That’s me on my CDT thru-hike back in 2006.
This “Steven Dobbs” decided to use an old photo of mine as a profile photo. Some person created the profile a few short days ago.
I complimented Steven on the uncanny likeness of the profile photo in its resemblance to me from ten years ago. 🙂
I heard nothing but crickets in response…
Alas, the thread is gone. Off into a cyberspace black hole.
I don’t think I’ll ever know why a person chose a ten-year-old photo of me. I’m probably better off not knowing.
Short, hairy and dirty thru-hikers must be a new look or something that is in vogue perhaps.
A very diligent friend of mine did some cyber-sleuthing and found a very odd (!?) SciFi story about a man named Steven Dobbs who finds some aliens in the Colorado backcountry. The last sentence in this story involves an orgasm. ‘Nuff said.
All I can hope for is that I don’t turn up in some very awkward Colorado hiker fan fiction. Yeesh.
A still common dialect word in use from where I grew up just may be appropriate for this situation… skeevy. 🙂
Hilarious and weird. At least he didn’t steal your identity.
As someone pointed out, perhaps taking the photo of a somewhat well known Colorado hiker and using it to post on a Colorado Trail forum was not the wisest idea… 🙂
I wonder if he was aware that you were the person in that photo.
I don’t think I’ll ever know… Probably better off! 🙂