June 17, 2005

Off to See the Wizard

To "Spell" who visits my site regularly using a Mac from the University of Missouri- Columbia and only this time generously decided to comment under the aforementioned name and gives the email addy of spell@properly.com:

I accidentally published the post on which you so kindly and cowardly commented only on a misspelling. You see, I intended to hit "draft" but instead hit "publish." Unfortunately, there are some of us who aren't perfect in this life. Oh, that we could be more like you.

By the way, I know who you are.

Posted by Rae at June 17, 2005 01:31 PM

i wrote the comment about your spelling, and you and i have never met. i do access your site from the university of missouri, but i can't see how you know who this is. someone told me about your site, and i've checked it regularly ever since. if you know who this is and it is bothering you that i check it, send the name of the person you think it is to gomizzou1@gmail.com, my non-university account, and we'll clear it up.

Posted by: anonymous at June 17, 2005 02:33 PM

Seems interesting that someone would criticize this site for a misspelling, but apparently have no comprehension of the use of capitalization in the language. Sure hope that UoM education hasn't cost you too much.

Posted by: Altar Girl at June 17, 2005 02:53 PM

Well, I must say that I am pleasantly surprised to find that I might have absolutely no idea who this is.

While I might not know you personally, you have revealed a few things about yourself:

1. You are a petty person. So, you regularly visit my site, and yet the first comment you make is a snide one about a misspelling. I don't mind someone letting me know that I missed something, but that typically comes with some decorum.
2. You are associated with the university in some manner, whether student, faculty or staff ("my non-university account" alludes to this).
3. Your avoidance of identifiying youself makes you and your reading intentions suspect. Why hide? Why not say how you found this site, and who recommended it?
4. If the only comment you can manage to leave is about the spelling of a word, then what is so compelling as to cause you to visit as frequently as you claim to do?

Posted by: Rae at June 17, 2005 03:02 PM

Thankfully I do appreciate the importance of capitalization. I firmly believe that it formulates a fantastic foundation for propriety. The correction is quite duly noted. however, i'm a creature of habit, so i'll reduce myself once again. about a year ago, an acquaintance told me about blogging and noted your site as something she heard about from who she said was a friend of yours, K. i sort of know K, but i haven't spoken to her in probably a year. as for my anonymity, well, i want to comment but find it difficult to mention my name because i hear things from time to time about the situation and would prefer to stay out of it. i got to liking your blog more and more, sometimes waiting and checking regularly to see if others will post. i have noticed your comments about other mac users at the university of missouri this past year, but most of those people have actually not been me. it was nice to notice that others use macs, though. anyway, i have a few friends who are very clearly on one side of the situation, and i know they read your blog, too. therefore, i would just like to stay uninvolved in all of that and read your blog anonymously until it all passes over. it isn't my business anyway. as for my lack of decorum, i am sorry. i read all the comments left on your site, and i assumed a bit of sass was appropriate. i'll do better next time, i promise. i hope this explains some stuff.

Posted by: anonymous at June 17, 2005 03:21 PM

I'm a first time reader, Rae, referred through your comment on Six Meat Buffet. In the first post of yours I read, I find you, as is the case with many bloggers who have something to say and know how to say it cogently, battling the anonymous troll, over, of all things, a misspelling. Tiresome, isn't it? Keep fighting the good fight. You do it with more restraint and grace than I would, but then, those aren't two of my strong points.

Posted by: Kevin at June 18, 2005 09:30 AM

anonymous: I really still don't know how to process this. Your use of the word "sass" inclines me to think you southern, or at least being familiar with southern colloquialism.

Altar Girl: you made me laugh out loud.

Kevin: thank you. I think being charitable when possible the best way to initiate understanding.

Posted by: Rae at June 19, 2005 12:43 PM

my mother used to call me a sassy little girl, and yes, she WAS from the south and prides herself on it. it is quite difficult to get her to stop talking about mississippi delta blues once she gets going, but i'm beginning to appreciate it as i get older. she says she won my father over with an elmore james reference. anyway, that was very perceptive of you! as for me, though, i'm a native daughter of ladue, missouri!

Posted by: anonymous at June 19, 2005 01:33 PM

Perception is my forte.

Posted by: Rae at June 19, 2005 01:38 PM

Perception is my forte. That is an understatement...

Posted by: Mrs. Darling at June 19, 2005 06:50 PM

Mrs. Darling: heh. Ya think? ;)

Posted by: Rae at June 20, 2005 09:27 AM
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