get a grip: contribute something yourself
- To the whiners of the list--
Last weekend a message appeared about ZZZZZZZ how boring it was since the
weather was nice at Longwoods. Greg missed the point that, when we discuss the
US side of the issue from a British vantage, the fur files (Tim can attest)
and perhaps its a bit more interesting. Having written a substantial number of
rebuttals from the US vantage point, I believe I have license to rattle.
If you don't like what you're reading, try asking a question or contributing
(concept!). I keep saying "I will not read I will not read" (my blood
pressure can only take so much).
But I read on and occasionally have something to share or a different opinion
or information on a subject. And if nothing else, I can always needle the
Now see, a slight comment on superior British musketfire has led to a lively
discussion of battle tactics.
Get a grip--
Hey Terry, can I join your censored writers group? Oh but I'm not as special
as you yet.
- Betsy Bashore wrote:
> To the whiners of the list--
> Last weekend a message appeared about ZZZZZZZ how boring it was since the
> weather was nice at Longwoods. <snip>
As the contributor of the original ZZZZZZ post, I feel I must respond
and clarify myself. I posted a joke that seems to have been
I work at a civil engineering firm where I am on a computer most of the
day, so I monitor my Email constantly and read my messages as they
arrive, including the 1812 ones. I can usually count on a stack of them
with my morning coffee and several more flying back and forth throughout
the day, but (as it happens) on Monday I didn't get a single one, which
is very unusual for this List. Finally around 2:30 I posted my
"Zzzzzzz" message, hoping to provoke a smile and maybe a response from
someone. I did, in fact, provoke one from Greg Schultz. He laughed
about the lack of "spice" on the List that particular day, put it down
to the somnolent effects of the weather at Longwoods, and predicted more
My first inkling that I may have offended someone was in Ms. Bashore's
post to Tim Pickles the other day where she made some oblique comment to
him about people who seem to find it boring when she and he are not at
each other's cyberthroats. At the time I did not understand why Ms.
Bashore would have assumed that my post was directed at her, but I
(perhaps unwisely) decided to let sleeping worms lie and held my
tongue. I thought Greg's response to Ms. Bashore's sarcasm was
sufficient. The "whiners" comment, however, was too much!
Perhaps I did not take sufficient account of the varying Email reading
habits of the people on this List. In retrospect I can see that someone
who reads their mail only once a day (or less) or gets it in "digest"
mode could perhaps not have been expected to understand my joke unless
they looked closely at the time stamps on the messages in their stack
and used some deductive reasoning. Failing that, I now see that they
may have started looking at the content - rather than the timing - of
the messages on the List for another explanation as to why I seemed
bored. The recent lack of personal attacks on the List then suggested
itself, and a misunderstanding was born.
BTW, I'm the wrong one to single out for lack of contribution! I
realize that my 5-part opus on building a musket is now ancient history,
and I post more questions than answers, but that is what learning is
Pte. (and Chief Whiner) 41st ROF