July 23, 2003


Well, I've been pretty occupied with moving, and today was the rent-the-Uhaul-and-cart-the-heavy-stuff-to-storage day. I'm so tired I can barely type. I haven't even had a chance to answer my email or check on any of the comment threads or anything. And I missed the chance to enjoy the deaths of Uday and Qusay, the Psychotic Duo. I also got to miss the apparent fact that many antiwar folks, anti-Bush fellows, or just plain antis are actually a bit down in the dumps about the demise of these two. (Just look around the blogs. I'm too tired to link.) Incredible. What, did Uday owe you guys money or something? Was Qusay really that much of an asset to the world? Don't they even deserve the sneering sendoff that Strom Thurmond got? I mean gee, Thurmond was no angel, that much is true, but AFAIK he never fed anyone alive into an industrial plastic shredder and sat around to watch and enjoy the screams. Whatever.

Anyway, tomorrow I lay waste to the comments and make war upon the blogospherical thingy! Or maybe not. Gotta keep you lot on your toes. Oh --- one last thing. I am going to announce it here, in case he reads my index page: to Mike at Mindpring.com, please stop posting comments here for a while unless you can say something about events that happened in, say, the last three months. I refuse to let my blog get bogged down in a comment hamster wheel of "Bush stole the election/lied about connections between Saddam and Al Qaeda/we shouldn't have gone to war" obsession. The volume of your comments indicates that you have plenty of free time to start a blog of your own, and much to say with it. While it was fun at first to review recent history with you it looks as if you are taking the discussion here off its rails because, obviously, you remain pissed at the many things you have no control over, as well as frustrated that you can't seem to get anyone to agree with you. I'm not going to ban you or anything like that; I'm going to try asking nicely. Drop it. I have said everything I want to say, and everything on the subjects under discussion have been done to death over the past twenty or so months. I am getting bored, and I have limited server space. If you and someone else still feels the need to bicker over these issues, there is this thing called email.

This site is not a public service; it is my personal blog where I express my thoughts and work out my issues and comment on things. I could password protect it quite easily, or shut off comments. However, I do like feedback from people, so I have left the site open and comments on. I don't mind a little bit of snark, but I do object to being harangued. This site is not a message board, and it is certainly not a free-for-all. I control this website; if you don't like it, there are many, many free blogging services out there. You can set up your own site and say whatever you want.

And please, no more pathetic comments on how I "don't like being disagreed with" or how I want to quell your free speech rights. I don't mind being disagreed with, I mind being hectored and abused because what I wrote does not meet with someone else's standard of approval. A bit of raillery is one thing, but people who pull out the above wet towel defenses I tend to dismiss as sad cases not worth my time.

Posted by Andrea Harris at July 23, 2003 11:20 PM

Methinks a nice big glass of wine and a warm bath are in order. :-)

Posted by: Dean Esmay at July 24, 2003 at 12:00 AM

If they really got Uday and Qusay, that would be great. I sincerely hope the resistance in Iraq is driven by Ba'athists whose organisation will now collapse.

I never said nor meant to imply that you don't like being disagreed with. And for my part, I enjoy a lively debate, especially if it is respectful and polite. You may have noticed that I have little use for name-calling or alimentary suggestions, and I try to avoid descending to that level myself.

Posted by: Michael at July 24, 2003 at 01:39 AM

Amen, Sister!

And good luck with the move...I know what a pain it is. We are looking at doing the same ourselves in teh next six months. I dont look forward to it AT ALL.

Posted by: Sharon Ferguson at July 24, 2003 at 12:06 PM

I've got to move soon, and I'm dreading it. The only good thing about moving is when it's over and done with. Congratulations!

Posted by: mary at July 24, 2003 at 12:10 PM

I have to move as well - I am depressed because the flat is smaller than the nice pad I have now - victim of the economy. Andrea - I am sure you remember my "blogs are not a democracy post" - absolutely - if people want right of reply then can find a host, install movable type and reply all they want. In their own fucking home and at the expense of their own fucking wallet. And if they don't like what we write they can fuck off and read something else. Feel better now - just got home after a night on the mango margherittas. Tipsy and opinionated.

Posted by: Phil at July 24, 2003 at 01:00 PM

I still think your first idea of just burning it all in the parking lot was the best answer to the problem. Sure, you'd have to replace it eventually, but think how liberating it would be.

Sharon, shouldn't you be peeling some baseboards or stripping some counters or something???

Posted by: Scott Chaffin at July 24, 2003 at 09:25 PM