Secret Crush

October 13, 2008 7:00 am

My college major was in Management Information Systems, which is basically business and computers. During my senior year, I was offered an internship at one of the larger software companies. I jumped at the chance since it would look great on my resume. It was your typical internship, I did busy work and nothing the least bit exciting.  Still, I was eager to learn and meet people since I thought these were the “contacts” that I needed to find employment in the real world. They also had a fully stocked snack room and soda machine and everything was FREE for the taking so I consumed about ten sodas a day.

One day when I arrived in my cubicle, I noticed something strange. There was a stuffed animal, a bear holding a heart. It wasn’t accompanied with a note or any clue as to who it was from but the sentiment was nice so I left it on my desk. A few days later there was a printout of a poem on my desk. It was about a secret crush and how great it would feel to the admirer if they could win my affections. Nothing too weird, right? I was the twenty-three year old intern in a male dominated field of computer geeks. There were a few geeky dudes there that I doubt  had ever spoken to a girl and my kindness was probably misconstrued as something more. Then it got weird. There was another poem that talked about what it would be like to feel my kiss and taste my mouth. Uhm, no. I went to the supervisor and tried to be low key but let him know I was a bit freaked out. His response? He called a group meeting with ME there to talk about the situation, then put security cameras on my desk. Way subtle. The admirer got the hint and that was the end of it.

A few weeks ago, I received a present in my driveway. A dead rat. Thankfully, the pest control guy actually found it and disposed of the poor dead rodent before I got a good look. We didn’t think much of it until yesterday when there was another dead rat in the same spot. This time, the poor rat’s eyes had been gouged out. As I disposed of the rat, I wondered if this was a sign. Has a neighborhood cat decided to bestow his most prized possession on us or was it something else? I’m wondering if I have a new stalker. Perhaps someone who’s in love with my blog? Or someone who isn’t in love with it and is trying to send me a message? Come out, come out, wherever you are…… my secret stalker. Is it YOU?



  1. DeeMarie

    I’m a full-blown, you know I’m here stalker… so it’s not me. Dead rats? YUCK!!!!!!!!!

    DeeMaries last blog post..Just Playing Tag Like Crazy This Weekend.

  2. Sprite's Keeper

    Oh my God, Casey! Seriously? I’m actually afraid for you! Well, you don’t need to look my way for a suspect. I profess my bloggy love for you quite vocally. It’s embarrassing, really. And stalking must be done in secret. And I don’t like rats although my terrier is half rat which confuses the situation even further. Um, Casey? I don’t know where I’m going with this, but I really hope this crap stops soon or I may have to send Harry up there to help out. He may be only 10 lbs, but he has a 500 lb Napolean complex!

    Sprite’s Keepers last blog post..Well, the Holidays ARE just around the corner..

  3. Lisa

    Is this a joke?

    No way! Very creepy and what a dumb way for the boss to handle it. What a jerk.

    No, I’m not stalking that way anyhow. Just your blog!

    Lisas last blog post..Stop the presses! Brother has updated his blog!

  4. MommyNamedApril

    not it!

    MommyNamedAprils last blog post..What a BUSY Sunday!!!

  5. HeatherPride

    Ha! Nothing says “I want to be your lover” like a dead rat in the driveway! Your intern experience reminded me of the time when I was 19 and working at the front desk of a hotel, when the night auditor came in and tried to make out with me in the coffee room. Yeah, he was only like 45 and disgusting. I couldn’t run out of there fast enough!!

    Good luck with the rat situation!

    HeatherPrides last blog post..I Hear Confucius Really Loved Turtles, Too

  6. jenboglass (steenkybee)

    I haven’t even read this and I hope that I am your secret crush. This comment is probably wildly inappropriate since this post may not even be about that. But I must say, GET ON TWITTER. Also, I may be stalking you. I posted on everyone’s site that you were on last night just after you were there. It was crazy and weird. Also, Please don’t let my non-love of bacon stop us from being friends. Look at it this way, I’ll give all my extra bacon to you. And you’re totally on to me now. I’ve been walking around with bacon in my pockets hoping to lure you as my friend.

    jenboglass (steenkybee)s last blog post..Memed…Like a Lot, You Guys

  7. jenboglass (steenkybee)

    I did not leave that dead rat in your driveway. It was totally alive when I left it there for you. I heart your blog and I heart you. It is I that is stalking you. Me stalk you long time.

    jenboglass (steenkybee)s last blog post..Memed…Like a Lot, You Guys

  8. Katie

    Way creepy.

    My sis had a neighbor that threw an opossom in her basement window, and shot her cats with a BB gun. You’re not pissing off a neighbor are you? Anyway who the hell has an abundance of rats around?? Like I said CREEPY!

  9. mrsbear

    I like you and all, but no way am I gouging out rat eyes to get your attention. I think your boss had the right idea, slap some video surveillance on the front of your house, it might prove useful if this is a recurring theme. Scary. We’re getting rats in our yard of late, but that’s because the neighbor is poisoning them, and they keep stumbling over here all twitchy and dying. Gross.

    I had a secret admirer too when I worked at the airport, leaving me little innocent notes, which I took in stride. I was married, so I just ignored it. Then I realized it was one of the creepy airline reps that was like three times my age. Wow. Instantly stopped being sweet. It wasn’t some shy kid, it was a pervy old guy who liked to talk openly about his vasectomy. How wrong is that?

    mrsbears last blog post..Thanks and No Thanks

  10. Sabrae Carter

    that is freaky

    Sabrae Carters last blog post..So it’s Monday again????

  11. carrie

    I just found you (took me long enough) so I am not your stalker. That is freaky.
    Intern – That was probably the worst possible way to handle that. Techie geeks are that way, I know.
    Rat thing – if yo uget a 3rd one, I would put up some cameras 🙂
    ANyhoo…. I will be back now that you are listed on my google reader – which I love!!!

    carries last blog post..10 Years Ago…….

  12. Heather

    Way Gross! Last year I found a decapitated head of a rabbit in my front yard. I called the police because I was so freaked! He wrote it off as coyotes. Um, yeah, whatever. Coyotes can’t cut a rabbits head off. I spent many sleepless nights checking windows and doors. I would recommend, if it happens again, calling the police. Then at least there is a record of it happening.

    Heathers last blog post..Crayons = poo

  13. Krystal

    You know I love you but leaving you a dead rat? nope, not my style!! sorry – I’m more of virtual black roses (I actually think these are beautiful because they are so rare). I know you’re in Florida but me driving more than 1 hour is too much so yeah, it’s not me. This does remind me though of Army Wives where the red head was stalked because of her show…hmmmm…stalked because of a blog..

    Krystals last blog post..Okay, yeah sure, whatever

  14. Lydia @ On The Verge

    I tagged you with a meme on my blog today. Come over and see.

    Lydia @ On The Verges last blog post..About Me

  15. jenni


    jennis last blog post..Listless Mondays: Things that are Annoying me Right Now

  16. Elle Charlie

    Security cameras on your desk – that’s fabulous! How funny.

    But the dead stuff on your driveway = not fabulous. Creepy.

    I had a creepy uber smart stalker in high school – it’s the smartie pants you need to be most afraid of.

    Elle Charlies last blog post..Tagged: Memory lane

  17. Kat@MotherFonker

    Hehehe… The pest control guy did it!

    Yeah. He’s the 1.

    Guess he’s disappointed you didn’t call again.

  18. cyndi

    So, I’m scared for you – rats are creepy and gouged out eyes put it over the top for me. I’d call the cops and take some video – hopefully it’s nothing but YIKES and YUCK! You are very stalk-able, but it’s not me either 😉 Please take good care of yourself and let us know how it turns out. Big hugs!

    cyndis last blog post..Falling, falling

  19. Christy

    That is not cool. It’s probably some teenager playing a prank or some crap like that. Don’t sweat it. 🙂

    BTW–thank you so much for your kind comment today. I feel so blessed to have such supportive people around me (even if it’s only virtually!) I truly appreciate your words–you made a difference today!

  20. steenky bee

    Hey. You called me a tramp. Thanks:) That made my night. HOOKER!

    steenky bees last blog post..Memed…Like a Lot, You Guys

  21. Miss Jack

    WOW! What a story! I have to confess…it is me leaving the dead rats! I’m outraged and jealous of all the attention you are getting from all your new found friends. I hate that I’m not the only one anymore. You know I’m kidding, right? I truly think you have a cat that is leaving these little presents for you. It’s all for love. You should be so honored.

    Miss Jacks last blog post..44 Odd Things about Me

  22. Tina


    Seriously? Rats? Gouged eyes? I am typeless.

    And grossed out. I hate rodents when they are alive, let alone when they are a rodent corpse stuck in the driveway like some intro to a B slasher movie.

    (sorry for the drama)

    Are you freaked?

    Tinas last blog post..The Boogie Man-Or Something Like That-The Spin Cycle

  23. Kia (Good Enough Mama)

    Holy crap! It’s so not me, as this is (I think?) the first time I’ve visited your blog, but now I’m worried. Someone left a dead snake on the door handle of my car last week. FEck!

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