On Wed, 2008-05-21 at 05:41 -0400, William L. Maltby wrote: > Sorry to jump in here, but combination of humorous and serious thoughts > crossed my mind. And maybe these thoughts will allay future threads of > this nature. > > On Tue, 2008-05-20 at 09:28 -0500, Doug Tucker wrote: > > > (Me, too, of course!) > > > > > > mhr > > > > MHR, > > > > This is true, and you and I proved we can even have fun with it, but > > name calling (I got called an ass here for virtually nothing), and > > But keep in mind you were only a "virtual ass". Not really one. And the > person who labeled you as an ass may have been, in fact, the ass. > Regardless, his was only a "virtual opinion". And unless you have a > personal relationship and really care what he felt... > > Often, when one of the habitual denizens of the list snipe at you, they > only make themselves look bad. Old farts like me think "Their momma > didn't raise them right". Or they had a rough night. > > And I'm glad they have the isolation of the 'net to allow them to vent > in safety. Being an old fart, I see lots of behavior that would not have > occurred when things had to be said face-to-face. > > Courage without risk is common, in both senses of the word. Bravado? > > Consideration and courtesy without reward is rare. > > > disrespectful snide remarks (such as telling someone they have provided > > zero value to a conversation when it was valuable to them), are not > > being blunt, that's simply being rude and childish, and has no place > > even amongst us nerds. > > Ignore them. They make themselves look bad. > > > <snip sig stuff> > Hahahaha....that was good, and a lot of truth in it too. And I didn't snipe back, I ignored it for the most part, but being an old fart myself, and a born and raised Texas boy, when they started sniping at a lady, well, where I come from IRL, that would buy them a good of fashioned country butt whoopin. I was polite, but frankly thought they needed a "virtual" slap down. I did resist the temptation :). Reminded me too of a video my 4 year old watches, where the old cow tells his son "A strong man stands up for himself, a stronger man stands up for others." And yes, courage without risk is common. Being an old Texas boy, I would love the opportunity to discuss IRL :).