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...and if only for a day, there was peace throughout the land.
The latest person who thought it'd be wise to antagonize me has sent me a conciliatory note. I can't gauge the sincerity or the permanence of this note. I told this person that they remind me of other individuals—in the plural—from my past who go through a cycle of belligerence and contrition with me. Many such characters do it for years without so much as a response from me. But this one was setting himself up to have a public example made of him, which I was happily obliging and would have continued doing. We'll see. If this gent is remotely wiser than he seems, he'll focus his energy on pursuing that "comedy" dream he's been chasing for decades.
But my brief and unpleasant interactions with him reminded me of several personality types who all share an ability to win my hatred. If you find yourself identifying with any of these character traits, you'd best stay far away from me—perhaps on another continent:
• A recent wave of brainwashed progressives/leftists/liberals/socialists who fail to see precisely how their behavior resembles classic political brainwashing. Such robo-antics include a reflexive tendency to accuse others of being brainwashed, coupled by blindness to the Grand Canyon-sized holes in their logic and their crippled inability to see politics in anything beyond retardedly simplistic left/right terms. There's also a shared delusion that they are the opponents, rather than the tools, of global power. This has been a relatively new social development as well as an ongoing theme with my writing over the past year.
• Jilted fanboys go on the warpath because they feel hurt their hero didn't reciprocate. I never ask anyone to idolize me and am usually creeped-out by those who do. They're the ones who become stalkers, not the ones who have a mere ideological or aesthetic beef with me. It's always The Snubbed who go into absolutely full-on stalker mode. I hate people who feel they have a right to be in your life whether you like it or not merely because they think they "know" you through one of your creations. I've dealt with dozens of such Rupert Pupkin characters. Their behavior makes it quite clear they never understood a word I wrote.
• People who make a mess, apologize, make another mess, apologize, then act as if you're the one being the asshole when you don't accept the apology.
• Drunks. All of them, but especially those who make a point of it. I've always made it very, very clear that I hate drunks.
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In other news, the Lounge has been resurrected. There are still plenty of kinks, but it's up and working. When I find time, I may plop it onto the home page like it was before.
I'm banging my dented head around trying to figure out how I want to proceed with this site, which started a dozen years ago mainly as a "Letters from Prison" outlet. I'll probably wind up doing a running diary—I still refuse to use the b**g word—on the home page and allow for comments. But it's not a top priority, and I'll probably spend most of my spare time getting the ANSWER Me! anthology—all four issues in one chunk, finally!—together for publication.
I'll also get around to doing a FAQ page, which will incorporate a lot of the material from THIS old page. Enjoy that MP3!