Do You Know Shanea Vernon, Sales Representative?

5 Mar

Let’s see if this six degrees of separation thing really works.

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The Hub and I were visiting some friends yesterday.  Their son and his lovely girlfriend were there.  He is in the Army.  He and a colleague were on an RAF course recently and told the instructor that their nicknames were Maverick and Goose.  I can’t remember which one he was, so I’ll call him Moose.

This was the first time we had seen Moose since he returned from Afghanistan.  He was telling us some tales, and his little brother – shall we call him Mouse or Loose?  Or Louse? – showed us an American Army cap to illustrate one of them.  Moose had traded caps with a GI (are they still called that?).  One of those tight, pillbox-type hats with a peak that, in movies, are worn low over the eyes to make the soldier look disciplined and menacing.

Louse was fiddling with the hat as we chatted, when he discovered a worn business card tucked inside.  We passed it around the table and wondered why it was there.  Had the soldier (male) asked for it, or been given it, by Shanea Vernon, Sales Representative, because of a mutual attraction/attraction on one side and politeness on the other, or for a possible future business transaction?

Learning, to my shock, that I am a romantic at heart – or that I watch too many romcoms – I favour the idea that they met just before he was going off to war; felt something instinctual, animal and badly timed; and he kept her card in his cap so that it was always with him. 

The card had been folded up small and was badly creased: had he taken it out on cold desert nights and stroked it, thinking wistfully of the woman who gave it to him?  Or the new computer she sold to him and which his kids were now stickying up with their grubby, peanut butter and jellied hands?  Or the car he hopes to buy with the wages he’s saved while on his tour of duty?  I forgot to see what Shanea Vernon was representing, so I have to speculate.

What if Moose, by swapping caps, became the star that crossed potential lovers?  What if Shanea Vernon has the only thing for sale in existence that the soldier wanted but couldn’t afford to buy at the time he obtained her card?

What if I explode from never knowing the answers to all of these questions?

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to ask the people you know to ask the people they know to ask the people they know if they know Shanea Vernon.  Then to ask them the question: what, specifically, does she sell?

By the way, if any of your friends of friends of friends know Kevin Bacon, he is an acceptable substitute. 

37 Responses to “Do You Know Shanea Vernon, Sales Representative?”

  1. jmgoyder March 5, 2012 at 12:42 #

    You are wonderfully funny!


    • Tilly Bud March 5, 2012 at 12:43 #

      Thank you! But do you know her? Or know somebody who knows somebody who knows her?


  2. brianstockport March 5, 2012 at 12:43 #

    Oh the thought, that you could die, not knowing. I share your pain.



  3. creatingreciprocity March 5, 2012 at 12:47 #

    I googled – as I have no doubt you also did – there are a number of these ladies – some have entertaining graphic – none have photographs but most say there is a Shanea Vernon at Entertainmentpc, LLC (no idea what that means)…


    • Tilly Bud March 6, 2012 at 12:07 #

      Actually, I didn’t; not at first. I wanted to do the six degrees thing. Then nobody took part so I had to. 😦


  4. McGuffyAnn March 5, 2012 at 14:07 #

    You have got to keep us posted. My minds also spins like that, and my curiosity works fast & furious! Keep us updated! I have to know…
    …and no, I’ve got nothing on Kevin Bacon either.


  5. mairedubhtx March 5, 2012 at 14:29 #

    I have a couple of important questions about Louse. Was he an American G.I., yes? Was he Army, Air Force, Marines, or Navy? Or Could he have been National Guard? The reason I ask is that my ex-son-in-law is a Marine who returned from Afghanistan last March and is currently stationed in California. Could be he knows something about Shanea, but not if Louse is Army (Army and Marines aren;t on speaking terms). I hope I can find an answer to your intriguing question.


    • Tilly Bud March 6, 2012 at 12:10 #

      These are all good questions. I will ask my friend to ask her son if it was a marine he swapped with.


  6. judithatwood March 5, 2012 at 15:10 #

    Hi, Tilly — I have not found a direct connection to Shanea yet, haven’t started asking. But my indirect connection with her is, of course, I’ve seen Top Gun many time, and I recognized the Maverick/Goose connection immediately. I assume that the guys got the names in a similar way. I read your blog. You’ve written about Louse and Shanea’s card. So I know about Shanea, even though I don’t know who she is or what she sells. 😎


    • Tilly Bud March 6, 2012 at 12:13 #

      Nice to see someone who appreciates the six degrees of separation as much as I do 🙂


  7. Pseu March 5, 2012 at 16:20 #

    how would you be saying that? Shane -a ?
    Or Shan- ae?

    I’ll go with the former: the feminised version of a male name, which leads one onto thinking why did her parents want to call her a boy’s name? Did they secretly want a boy? And was it because of this and feeling she wanted to fulfill her parents expectations, that she fell into a trade which is predominantly peopled by men?

    You see, when you start asking questions, there’s no end to it. You’re right. Someone has to find her and solve the mystery.


  8. gigihawaii March 5, 2012 at 16:55 #

    yeah, why don’t you google her?


    • Tilly Bud March 6, 2012 at 12:16 #

      I finally succumbed, but it felt like cheating.


  9. slpmartin March 5, 2012 at 17:24 #

    Hey if you google her you get ( ) …could see a romantic story in thise. 🙂


  10. laurieanichols March 5, 2012 at 19:31 #

    I wish I knew Kevin Bacon but I met Stockard Channing who starred in the play Six Degrees of Separation, She might have also starred in the movie adaptation. Stockard Channing is a very lovely lady, so is Linda Hunt who was with her at the time. I do not know who Shanea Vernon is, I don’t know anyone who has the last name Vernon. I will keep an ear out for the name. This is a mystery to be solved and you have raised some provocative questions. Are you going to fill in the blanks perhaps with a short story? You would do it justice.


    • Tilly Bud March 6, 2012 at 12:19 #

      No, I’m not a fiction writer (apart from about my own life), but thanks.

      I love Stockard Channing, especially in The West Wing.


  11. Tom (Aquatom1968) March 5, 2012 at 21:17 #

    Ooh! Ooh! This is soooo exciting, Tilly!
    I know Kevin Bacon!
    Well, not know exactly, but my friend used to work as an au pair in the USA, and one of the people she worked for was friends with the wife of Sean Penn. Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon were in a movie called Mystic River (which I haven’t seen), directed by Clint Eastwood.
    I have no links to Shanea Vernon though, which was your original question…


    • Tilly Bud March 6, 2012 at 12:20 #

      At last! A serious player.

      Your Bacon number is 4.


  12. SchmidleysScribbling March 5, 2012 at 21:20 #

    Goodness, I see many others have suggested Googling the gal. Or better yet, why don’t you tweet Kevin? Dianne


    • Tilly Bud March 6, 2012 at 12:21 #

      To ask him if he knows Shanea? They WILL lock me up 😀


  13. SchmidleysScribbling March 5, 2012 at 21:22 # Looks like the name is not uncommon. Dianne


  14. SchmidleysScribbling March 5, 2012 at 21:26 #

    Looks like Brian Lopez, US Army is a friend of hers on Facebook. So, she is not lost to him unless he suffers from amnesia.

    PS, GI is not current. Means Government Issue and dates from the period when the US had a draft. All volunteer services today. Di.


  15. kateshrewsday March 5, 2012 at 22:21 #

    A hat with a backstory. I love it.


    • Tilly Bud March 6, 2012 at 12:24 #

      I love that the star of the story for you was the hat 🙂


  16. Elaine March 5, 2012 at 22:36 #

    It’s been tough day at the ‘chalk face’ today – my mind is whirling, so struggled to keep up the the 6 degrees!
    I ate bacon and pancakes yesterday for brunch – does that count as a connection to Kevin Bacon?? 😀


  17. ElizOF March 6, 2012 at 10:50 #

    I’ll take Kevin too. 😉



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