See you later.


 This isn’t a GBCW essay.  Rather it’s an “uh, can’t-we-be-a-little-less-orange-like?” essay.  Actually, not even an essay.  Just a thought or two, then I’ll see you later.  There are ways to get in touch with me directly, which a few of you know, and the rest can figure out, if you want to.  Just in case you want to correspond directly.

 Anyway, here’s the thing:  when someone works up an essay about, say, the wonders, culture and cuisine of Mexico City, it’s — in my book, by definition — Trollish to use that essay as a vehicle to rail against (the deservedly rail-againstable) corrupt government in one of Mexico’s outlying states.

 When, hypothetically speaking, someone works up an essay about the culture and history of the Sea Islands, it’s — in my book, and by definition — Trollish to use that essay as a vehicle to rail against the (deservedly rail-againstable) horrors of Jim Crow, hypocrisy of South Carolina’s Mark Sanford, or rather presumptuousness of North Carolina Vichy Dem Heath Shuler (who now wants to be minority leader).

 When, hypothetically speaking), someone works up an essay about the natural beauty of the islands off southern Thailand, or the ways in which they themselves are working to restore their battered tourist industry in the wake of the tragedy of the December 26, 2004, it’s — in my book, and by definition — Trollish to use that essay as a vehicle to rail against (the deservedly rail-againstable) loathsome crimes of child prostitution in Bangkok.

 While I’m repelled by those posses over at orange that jump all over any diary that, to them, smacks of anything less than laudatory of The One, I’m likewise disappointed when a diary about something worth celebrating in a state, a region, a country, is peppered with off-topic remarks about this or that awful aspect of the country that are actually tangential to the topic at hand.

 If among a group of friends I were to say, “By the way, Stan, I heard you just got a promotion.  Good for you.” I dare say that some (hopefully majority) part of that convivial group would be taken aback and be rather aghast if someone “from left field” said, “Yeh, Stan, I heard you had a drinking problem, too.  You pretty much suck, don’t you?”  I mean, while it may be true that Stan has a drinking problem, and it may be true that that sucks, and even causes heartache in the lives of his family, it’s not exactly the kind of thing you want to bring up in that otherwise congratulatory context.  I mean, not unless you’re an asshole.

 Well, please consider that when, as you’re reading the Comment Thread to current or future essay and you see such things. Rate as you see fit.  I hope, though, that “Ponies” would not be in the offing.  And let us emphasize that if, indeed, the tangential, tertiary-at-best comment does describe a real horror, then I’m not making light of the horror, I’m only saying the commentor should up and Write Their Own Goddam Diary and not try and highjack someone else’s.

 Good luck.  Godspeed.  Courage.



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  1. What are you and I doing this for.  To expand our minds, connect with what we assume to be like minded people yet then the bitching and moaning takes place about how other people react or not to the maybe five people we might reach out to in the vast universe of five trillion classified webpages nobody pays attention to.  Big wup.

  2. So I was in Mexico and was in this expat town full of Americans. The local english rag had just got a new editor, an Englishman, who was just so uppity it hurt.

    We were all savages to him, allah knows why he was even there. Well, he loved my newspaper and asked me for any good tips for his first big issue, as the paper in question was a weekly.

    He was an older fella and didn’t understand the internetz, and this was a few years back as well.

    So I pointed him to a “news” source of questionable repute that said in Guanajuato they used human flesh in the tamales. A classic Mexico urban legend.

    He printed that shit like it was gospel.

    The trolling only got worse as he wouldnt admit his mistake, and on top of that he had plagarized the “news” site.

    Guess you had to be there, but it was epic all the way around to see a proper Englishman get savaged.

    • Xanthe on November 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Why are you beating up on him?  

    He should have just ignored Jacob’s remark –

    So someone new comes on site and writes a sort of travel diary – it wasn’t a bad diary.

    I certainly disagree with his views of this being a plus to our trading policy but so what.

    Why are you being mean?  Let it go.  Leave the bullying to the other guys.


  3. but that’s no surprise I can’t figure out what much is about these days. Seem too hard to unravel the threads that lead here and sorting through threads is a pain. See you later i hope, I like your writing.  

    • Edger on November 15, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Is it later yet? Eh? 😉

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