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Re: “Sidekick Search

“You think you could work with a woman?”
“Gee, Bob, I don’t know. Most of ‘em, yeah. But I don’t believe that one would ever stop talking long enough for me to mention what a moron she is.”

Dear Visage,
I don’t normally respond to on-line comments. I find it’s very much like swatting away at flies: the movement itself seems to attract even more of them.
But as the last thing I would want to do is offend one of my sensitive sisters, I thought a little extra salve might soothe your bruised feelings. You see, I never meant to imply all women are morons, an interpretation you seem to have taken from the excerpted paragraph. Had that been my intention, I wouldn’t have answered Badger Bob’s question as to whether I could work with women with “Most of “em, yeah.” Instead, I would have written something to the effect, “No, I can’t work with women because they are all morons.” Or, “No Bob, not if the morons all talk as much as this one does.” Or I might even have written, “Yes, I can work with any woman on Earth, just as long as she occasionally clams up long enough for me to mention what a moron she is.”
But no, I specifically and pointedly said most women were okay and that I could and would work with them, except for Ms. Marblehead, who in my estimation is a moron--an observation based not so much on what a chatterbox she is, but on what she says when she’s chattering. See the difference?
Please understand, I take great care with how I arrange my words when I write because I want them to come out exactly as I mean them to. A misplaced preposition, a modifier dangling off the wrong phrase, an unintentional twist in syntax . . . any and all of these can result in a message lost or an opinion misunderstood. It’s likely this is too much to ask of certain people, but I would hope my audience reads my column as carefully as I write it.
But hey, Visage, if your nose is so out of joint that you have no further use for me or my column, you could do as “dlb” admits to doing in the posting following yours: you could never read my column past the word “Cope,” but still stop by and leave a comment, anyway. After all, isn’t that the true fun of Internet commenting--not to add anything meaningful, but just to buzz someone’s face until they notice you?

Posted by BillCope on 10/05/2009 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Info-lution

Is this the same Billy Braun with whom I have played? The Idaho music legend Billy Braun? If so, good to hear from you. If not, good to hear from you.

Posted by Bill Cope on 12/08/2007 at 12:00 PM

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