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One of the great appeals of YearlyKos is the chance to finally put faces to names - attaching a real identity to an imagined persona.  We all have images in our minds of fellow Kossacks.  The only way to rationalise those images to reality is to meet up, and that is what YearlyKos will mean to me.

I'm coming out as a real person at YearlyKos after a couple years of just being LondonYank here on DailyKos.  I've had fun hiding behind my LondonYank persona - and laughing at how I'm viewed out here in the blogosphere by fellow Kossacks and even some pissed off LGF types who've take offense at some of my diaries.

Since I have to abandon my anonymity in June at YearlyKos anyway, I'm letting you all in on my secret identity here at DailyKos right now . . .

For a peep at the real LondonYank, follow me below the fold.  I am not who you thought I was!

Yup.  That's right.  I'm a petite blonde chick.  

Stringing all of my comments together you would already know a lot about me, but you probably thought I was a bloke.

I don't know how or who first started casting LondonYank as a bloke, but I liked it.  I think it may have been Soonergrunt explaining one of my comments in response to someone else referencing LondonYank as "he".  

While never overtly dishonest or misleading, I took to writing more of my comments and diaries as if I were a bloke inside my head.  I would refer to my "partner" instead of my boyfriend, and my "spouse" instead of my husband.  I'd structure my sentences so that there was never any need to reference my gender.

It helped that I've been to Iraq and work in international banking and write a bit about the intelligence community.  All these topics are widely associated with blokes rather than chicks.  Soonergrunt assumed I was a guy because we share so much of the same realist perspective on the war.  Bonddad and Jerome a Paris just assumed I was a bloke like them because the financial markets are still mostly male.  

The issue came to a head when Bonddad invited me to join the YearlyKos economics panel.  That meant coming out in the open and revealing myself once and for all.  And possibly getting on all kinds of blacklists for some of the anti-Bushista rants I've written.  It was a scary decision to make, but I'm proud of myself for coming out.  If there is going to be a blacklist for pro-Constitution, anti-war patriots, then I guess I want my name on it - and not just as LondonYank.

So what else to tell you?  If you were to go back over all my diaries and comments you'd already know a lot about me:

*    I've got two wonderful boys
*    I went to University of Michigan
*    I lived in the Middle East as a kid, but mostly grew up in Michigan
*    I was a central banker at the New York Fed in the 1980s
*    I was a securities markets regulator in London in the 1990s
*    I contributed to reconstruction of the Iraqi banking sector after the war in 2003
*    I worked in Dubai last year on the new Dubai International Financial Centre
*    I've got a narrowboat in London for fun now and lived on a boat in Manhattan
*    I've lived in the United Kingdom for 16 years and took out British citizenship last year
*    I like doner kebabs with extra chilli and speak a little Arabic.

Want to know more?  Well, you'll just have to come to YearlyKos and buy me a beer.

Originally posted to LondonYank on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 07:02 AM PST.

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  •  Hi there LondonYank! (4.00)
    It is nice to meet you.  

    I have had a similar experience here.  It cracks me up to get referred to as "dude" and "He said...".  One time it even happened in a thread when I was talking about an annual mammogram!  Some people aren't reading that closely....

    I "outed" my physical self the other night in my diary Yearly Kos: Flying Solo.  

    Glad to see other people putting faces to the names, I think that will make people more comfortable.

    Thanks!

    •  Londonyank, I'm shocked (4.00)
      Why in the world did I think you were a man?

      But I was positive.

      •  I thought you were for awhile, (none)
        I was reading your handle like  'NY Ceve', than I realized it was 'NYC Eve'

        If there's one thing I've learned, it's that life is one crushing defeat after another until you just wish Flanders was dead.

        by ablington on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 07:55:07 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Me too, Ceve! (none)
          On the internets, no one really knows anyone else for sure.

          "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing - after they have exhausted all other possibilities." Winston Churchill

          by LondonYank on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 07:56:44 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  LondonYank, you thinkof me . . . (none)
            as nice Eve (nyceve).

            That's what my friends call me.

            •  I know you're Eve now, but I too thought Ceve (none)
              for quite a while.  I shall think of you as Nice Eve henceforth, and hope we meet in Vegas.

              "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing - after they have exhausted all other possibilities." Winston Churchill

              by LondonYank on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 10:57:17 AM PST

              [ Parent ]

          •  My stepson once said the funniest (none)
            thing about that. I'd given him the obligatory lecture about how he couldn't just meet a cool person on the Internet and head off to meet them, it might be some creep-a-zoid.

            Then I got a part-time writing job via meeting a guy on the Internet -- had seen his pic online, knew he had a galfriend, etc. But when I told my stepson I was working for so-and-so, he said, "You thiiink it's a guy... how do you know it's not an overweight woman in a housedress?"

            Maybe you had to be there, but to see this little 10-year-old giving me back my Internet warning was hilarious.

            It just simply helps bear today's rough spots: HeroicStories, free

            by AllisonInSeattle on Sun Mar 05, 2006 at 08:14:48 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

        •  ablington, I'm known as . . . (none)
          Nice Eve.

          That's because I am, or I try to be.

    •  Great diary, Mary - and good to meet you too (4.00)
      See you in Vegas, dude!

      "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing - after they have exhausted all other possibilities." Winston Churchill

      by LondonYank on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 07:18:50 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Cute! (4.00)
        And way smart and assertive...even some on the left may fall into stereotyping that as male?

        But the wimmin are starting to absolutely dominate this board now (look e.g. at the front page). Not that I (a straight male) would mind! =)

        •  Even with what I thought was (none)
          a pretty obviously feminine name, twice in the past couple of weeks I've been referred to as a bloke around here.  One person even dissed me as "son", hee!  I guess what I think is simply my unequivocal assertion of my position was, to him, no more than cheeky backchat from someone -- a young male -- that he felt he could condescend to.

          And yes, I do think there's a bit of stereotyping goes on.  Unequivocal assertion of one's position is obviously associated with masculinity in somewhere in the back of some people's minds.  I've never cared, though.  I like surprising people and making them rethink their presumptions.

  •  What? (4.00)
    All that experience and no gray hair?

    I fell positively -- old.

    LOL

    Nice to meet you.  You're a brave and courageous person, regardless of gender.

    "I just had the basic view of the American public -- it can't be that bad out there." Marine Travis Williams after 11 members of his squad were killed.

    by Steven D on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 07:18:58 AM PST

    •  And a natural blonde too! (none)
      I'm expecting my grey hairs when the boys are in their teens.  

      "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing - after they have exhausted all other possibilities." Winston Churchill

      by LondonYank on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 07:25:25 AM PST

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  •  Nice to meet you too. (4.00)
    When I saw your pic, I thought "Holy shit, he's a teen aged guuuuuuurrrrrrlll!  Then I read your little bio. Had to scroll back up. Waitaminute, that's not a teenager. NY Fed in the 80's. Oh my dear, you keep well. But wait. How do we know that is really your picture. It might be your neighbor. Or your little sister.
    I will be expecting a full report from YearlyKos. With pictures.
    I may post my picture during the event. It will have tears running down my cheeks, since I won't be attending. Here's your beer.

    Image hosting by Photobucket

    •  Picture is from 4th of July, 2003 (4.00)
      so isn't that far out of date!  Thanks for making me feel great about being 40-something!

      The photo was taken at a picnic where a civil servant friend took me aside and said, "We're having a spot of trouble in Baghdad, and I wondered if you could help . . ."  That led to my involvement in Iraqi banking and a whole lot of interesting times.

      "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing - after they have exhausted all other possibilities." Winston Churchill

      by LondonYank on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 07:35:10 AM PST

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  •  London Yank (4.00)
        Hats off to you woman, i to assumed you were a male. You do us proud it's courageous to comeout and hey smart women rule.  
  •  How could ANYONE blacklist you... (4.00)
    especially in light of your admission of your preference for spicy doner kebabs (chicken or lamb)?

    Though we've never exchanged comments, you had me hoodwinked into 'finking you was a bloke.

    Oh, and you SO do NOT look old enough to have been a central banker in the 80's.  What's your secret?

    Have fun in Vegas.  Can't make it this year; maybe there will be another YK next year (closer to me, perhaps New Orleans?)...hopefully at which time the new majority in the House and Senate will be in the midst of impeachment proceedings against Bush and his cabal.

  •  Yay!! I love it when people with gender neutral (4.00)
    handles turn out to be chicks! like me!

    Image hosting by Photobucket

    If there's one thing I've learned, it's that life is one crushing defeat after another until you just wish Flanders was dead.

    by ablington on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 07:54:01 AM PST

  •  wow (4.00)
    What an adventurous life.  I would've surmised it from your diaries but would never've put it together with your snapshot.

    Fantastic!  See you in LV.

  •  The LondonYank affair (4.00)
    Do you think that will draw the crowds as well?! ;-)

    I will admit I am surprised, but much pleased to see you! My picture has been posted on eurotrib, but I'll let you hunt for it if you haven't seen it yet...

    In the long run, we're all dead (Keynes)
    Read more on the European Tribune - bringing dKos to Europe

    by Jerome a Paris on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 09:27:04 AM PST

  •  love letters (4.00)
    soon to follow from your adoring fans!

    Support the project that believes in the best our community has to offer! Support YearlyKos

    by gina on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 09:59:29 AM PST

  •  For the longest time (4.00)
    we traded emails back and forth.  I though I was writing to a 60+ year old man.  So much for that perception.

    "You think you can intimidate me? Screw you. Choose your Weapon." Eliot Spitzer

    by bonddad on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 10:10:27 AM PST

  •  You're a girl! (none)
    Looks like I'm not the only one to assume you were a boy.  The first post of yours that I saw, I assumed you were a white guy in his mid-twenties.  Then the months went on and I thought you were a black guy in his 30s.  Then in Nov. I assumed you were a white guy in his 40s (you kept getting older!).  Now, look at you...thanks for the surprise!  
  •  Your boat in NY (none)
    Was it at the 79th St. Boat Basin?  If so, we were neighbors.

    Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out -- Emperor Claudius

    by Upper West on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 11:42:48 AM PST

  •  What a great surprise and a wonderful treat (none)
    I had always pictured you as something of the anti-me--mid-thirties male with a young family who held a lot of beliefs similar to my own, who had chosen a different path.

    It's pretty cool.

    Stay well, my friend.  We're getting on busses tomorrow AM for a long ride.  Meantime, I have a lot of paperwork to complete before Battlestar Galactica comes on.

    "I've come to chew bubblegum and kick ass...And I'm all out of bubblegum." --Nada

    by soonergrunt on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 04:45:55 PM PST

  •  Where abouts in london (none)
    Is your Narrowboat? My girlfriends father is a Waterman.

    I'm still shocked at your femininity.

  •  Narrowboats are awesome! (none)
    The best vacation I ever had was on a narrow boat.  Picked it up in Wooten Wawen and took it down the canal to Stratford and then out onto, and down the Avon.  Incredible fun, I recommend it to everyone.

    Man am I jealous you own a narrow boat.  I lived in London for 3 years in the mid 80's can't wait to meet you, we should have masses to talk about..

    spresso

    Jen

    "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is." -Governor George W Bush (R-TX)

    by espresso on Sun Mar 05, 2006 at 05:41:07 PM PST

  •  Oh, My.... Gosh (none)
    Whew, caught that one in time.

    What a hoot! I had you as a swarthy guy with dark hair. Single, holed up in an apartment, possibly pizza boxes around. (Had missed comments about kids/spouse.)

    Whee!

    It just simply helps bear today's rough spots: HeroicStories, free

    by AllisonInSeattle on Sun Mar 05, 2006 at 08:11:31 PM PST

  •  LondonYank (none)
    Remember when Ann Coulter claimed all the "pretty" women were Republicans.

    More proof she's full of it.

    What object is served by this circle of misery and violence and fear? It must tend to some end, or else our universe is ruled by chance, which is unthinkable.

    by Carnacki on Mon Mar 06, 2006 at 10:34:20 AM PST

  •  Go Blue! (none)
    LS&A, '87

    Happy little moron, lucky little man. I wish I was a moron, my God, perhaps I am! -- Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Mon Mar 06, 2006 at 11:34:00 AM PST

  •  I suspected when... (none)
    Many months ago you wrote something which was very sensible in the midst of a bunch of comments, I forget what, it really doesn't matter.  Anyway, me being a newbie and testing the rating system I gave you a "3.0".  It was my first comment rating. It seemed reasonable, and I  didn't want to be accused of grade inflation.    

    Days/weeks later I finally figured out how to find comments to my posts and there was one from you.  You asked why I gave you a "3"?  A guy wouldn't do that.  He would just silently resent/despise me.  

    So I wasn't certain, but I knew if you were a guy, you were a guy with a well developed Yin, curious, and humble enough to express it (rare). Thanks for telling your secret. You have a wonderful story.

  •  Pretty freakin' smart.... (none)
    ....and pretty freakin' cute at the same time. A deadly combination.
  •  Looking forward to meeting you... AND (none)
    look forward to possibly meeting you while I'm on your side of the pond... as I am there frequently for my business, HomePlates:

    If you want something for your boys rooms, please visit my site and they will be the envy of all of their friends: http://www.homeplates.co.uk

    Drop me an email if you'd like me to send you some really hip switch covers for their rooms.

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