June 11, 2004


All this conjecture has reached stupefying dimensions, but I find myself helplessly drawn in. You can join in the fun, or just read and grin, at the following blog watering holes:

Strip Mining For Whimsy

Shot In The Dark

onlinehome.us/blog/archives/000725.html">As I Live The Questions Part 1 and onlinehome.us/blog/archives/000729.html">Part 2

David Grenier



Caroline says: I told you the language on Layne's site was Polish.

Ryan says: I know. I just need to polish my Polish.

Ryan says: Do you have any Polish polish?

Ryan says: Because, you know, I'd really like to polish my Pole.

Posted by Ryan at June 11, 2004 01:16 PM

Yeah, curiosity is a bitch on this one! The only thing tempering my need to know is knowing that she's done this, what, three or four times since I started reading her a few years ago.

She'll come back with some bizarre and slap worthy proclaimation, of that, I am sure.

Posted by: Johnny Huh? at June 11, 2004 01:29 PM

Oh, admit it, it's just FUN :-)

I would suggest that we actually create a space where we can continue to discuss this until (if) Plain Layne's comment box comes back. I am quite willing to set up an Orkut community, and send invitations out to everyone who isn't yet a member of Orkut (by the way, Layne Johnson has an Orkut profile, but there's not much in it, and she only has links to three friends).

So, if you want an invite to the brand-new Plain Layne Comment Box community on Orkut, send me an email at ryanwinnnipeg@yahoo.ca and I will invite you in.

--Ryan Schultz (Quiplash).

Posted by: Quiplash at June 11, 2004 01:42 PM

Heck, it wouldn't be any trouble to create a Plain Layne Community Blog. Figure out who'd be in and sign 'em up.

I'm not really into (yet) another Friendster type deal like Orkut though. I don't really get the point.

Posted by: Johnny Huh? at June 11, 2004 01:46 PM

Johnny - you're the one blogger that has supposedly actually met or talked with Layne, besides email or chat. Is this true? Can you verify this rumor? Give us the scoop!

Posted by: D at June 11, 2004 01:49 PM

scoop can be found at Strip Mining link!

Posted by: D at June 11, 2004 02:25 PM

I'll tell it here. We haven't met in person, only online where, as we all well know, a boy can be a girl, a geriatric can be a teenager and everyone's beautiful.

Nope, no face to face with her although I've tried several times to connect up with her.

I'd imagine that it wouldn't be all that hard to use her information against her and figure out if she's real or not. I've felt both ways at various times but prefer to think she is real and is really effed up in the head.

I've often thought about taking a print out of her blog (with all of the comments attached) and having it converted into a book but she poo-pooed the idea saying she wasn't worthy (which I thought might mean that she was going to do it on her own so she could keep all of the money).

We'll see, its fascinating in any case and maybe we should get a Where's Layne Blog going?

Posted by: Johnny Huh? at June 11, 2004 02:46 PM

You know, given that the only thing that has ever been proven to get a rise out of Layne is when me and LTRM said in her comments section that she's not real, I wonder if all this open conjecture isn't going to scare her off for good.

Plain Layne might just never open again.

Of course, that would probably end up having the oposite effect to what she would be hoping for: left to their own devices, I have no doubt that her readers will find archives of her blog in various mirror sites, disect them down to the smallest detail, and go a-hunting. Eventually she would either be found, or proved beyond a reasonable doubt to be fictional.

Posted by: Joshua at June 11, 2004 02:53 PM


Whoever would put that amount of effort into writing that blog (whether the real Layne or an imposter) is someone who needs attention.. and I don't mean that in any negative way. Lets face it, we *all* have blogs, we *all* like attention.

Anyway, if its fake and the faker figures they can't continue, I think we'll see a confession just so they can enjoy the "gotcha" aspect of it all.

Posted by: David Grenier at June 11, 2004 03:08 PM

What's that line from The Usual Suspects?

"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he didn't exist?"

Perhaps Layne's greatest trick has been convincing the world that Layne exists?

Posted by: Johnny Huh? at June 11, 2004 03:14 PM

So I got this when I tried to join Ryan's list, is he real?

: failed after I sent the message.
Remote host said: 554 delivery error: dd This user doesn't have a
yahoo.com account (ryanwinnnipeg@yahoo.com) [0] - mta282.mail.scd.yahoo.com

Posted by: Donna at June 11, 2004 03:46 PM

I understand your hesitation about signing up for a social networking service, Johnny, but it's the best and easiest solution for this kind of thing, I think.

You can be as anonymous as you want on Orkut, provide no information at all except for first and last names, email address, and I think some sort of statement that you're of age.

Posted by: Quiplash at June 11, 2004 04:49 PM

Oops sorry Donna, I will email you.


We've already got people signing up for the community.

Posted by: Quiplash at June 11, 2004 04:51 PM

To follow up on David's comment earlier:

I think that Layne "needs" the feedback from the blog thw way she "needs" to have somebody in her life. the extrordinary way she shares even the most intimate details of her life is a problem that I used to have when I was unhealthier myself: inappropraite boundaries, wanting to share more details in an effort to get intimacy, make people come closer to her, draw them. Sometimes it can backfire, as you may have noticed.


Posted by: Quiplash at June 11, 2004 04:55 PM

Oh, and Ryan??

It never remembers my personal information even when I click the Yes button :-(

Posted by: Quiplash at June 11, 2004 04:56 PM

"best and easiest solution for this kind of thing..." ??

what kind of thing is this that needs a solution??

seems like the blogs and comments are the serving the purpose...

Posted by: D at June 11, 2004 07:18 PM

(*shrugs*) Whatever. If you don't see people having to scamper back and forth between four or five threads as a problem, then I can't change your mind.

Posted by: Quiplash at June 11, 2004 07:31 PM

Then we can scamper between four or five threads and an Orkut group for those of us who want to sign up.

Posted by: David Grenier at June 11, 2004 08:21 PM

Check this shit out.

Posted by: David Grenier at June 11, 2004 08:50 PM

David is that supposed to be a link or are we supposed to be able to use our psychic abilities to figure out what you are referring to?

Posted by: D at June 11, 2004 08:57 PM

Oops, I always forget that MT forces you to use quotes in your anchor tags.

I mean, check this shit out.

Posted by: David Grenier at June 11, 2004 09:41 PM

1. So, who in the cities knows of a bar that has old car seats you sit on, which gives you views of butts instead of the band you've gone to see? Figure out the bar and we might be able to figure out the band that "Laurel" is in.

2. Koochiching isn't a town in Minnesota, it's a county. Try as I might, I can't find reference to a "resort" with Johnson's as owners.

3. Anyone know if the State Farm "campus" in Woodbury is as Layne describes her work? They're listed as one of the large companies Woodbury is proud of on their city site. Layne has flat out denied it's 3M (although that doesn't mean anything, right?) 3M is who I think of when I hear "Woodbury" and "large company".

Posted by: at June 12, 2004 02:57 PM

Yeah Quiplash, suuuure you will invite me in from the cold. Yeah, um hmm.

Posted by: Donna at June 12, 2004 07:24 PM

*sigh* OK, Donna I will send you another invite... wouldn't want you to freeze now ;-)

Posted by: Quiplash at June 12, 2004 10:42 PM

Oh, by the way, there's the architecture building on the EAST bank campus, where probably most architecture classes are taught. Actually, I had a class there last semester, and kept an eye out for a mocha-eyed character, but with no success. I'm not sure about them shipping off even lower division architecture classes to the St. Paul farmers' campus. Nice try though.

Posted by: The Oracle at June 13, 2004 04:29 PM
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