September 01, 2006


In college I was friends with several Bulgarians. They used to constantly bring new things home from the grocery store that they'd never seen before. You should've seen their excitement when they discovered frozen juice concentrate...and watching them try to open it with a can opener was priceless. One day they brought home a tub of sour cream and asked me what it was. As I was trying to describe it, they opened the tub and ate a huge spoonful. Now, I'm the first person to enjoy a dollop of Daisy, but watching them eat plain sour cream directly from the tub kinda grossed me out.

I remembered that story today when I read the comments from yesterday. I've taken a lot of crap here on my blog for politics, and I fully understand that this comes with the territory, as much as I hate it. I'm prepared to hear people insult my intelligence and worldview, but I'm always amazed to find someone take insults to a place I never imagined.

Lest we forget what an ugly, ugly place the internet can be, here's the comment for all to read:

Yeah, look at you. You're fat because you sit around knitting, watching tv, reading, and eating sour cream by the gallon. You can't expect your husband to come home from a hard day at the government teat and drag your big butt away from the computer to do some exercise!

I guess I should just be relieved that he just called me fat and lazy; another blogger got a death threats directed at his toddler. When I read stuff like this, I am reminded of why Tim left blogging: the death of civility. And I'm reminded of how nice it would be in many ways to just quit.

Incidentally, the Bulgarians decided that sour cream made a good spread for toast. I don't get it either.

Posted by Sarah at September 1, 2006 10:53 AM | TrackBack

to which Cheney replied ...."go f--- yourself."

I got your civility....RIGHT HERE!!

Posted by: Willy C. Vility at September 1, 2006 01:29 PM

Civility is easily forgotten when you are mask by distance and cable wire. Don't dispare over it. They are what they say.......A??holes.

Posted by: Dr Gno at September 1, 2006 04:00 PM

Eh, just ignore the punk or ban him. You wouldn't let a belligerent little miscreant do that in your living room, right?

Sure he'll probably go back to his l33t loser friends and proudly proclaim how banned and oppressed he is, but really, does that matter in the long run?

Prediction: he'll pretend he was as brave as the protestor in front of the tank at Tiananmen Square. After all, you've been in a tank before! ;)

Posted by: Patrick Chester at September 1, 2006 05:11 PM

My boyfriend has a thing for sour cream too. He got all excited when the commisary had the "good" sour cream. I wasn't aware that there was a "bad" kind, but oh, nevermind. Then, we got home, he opened the tub, stirred it all with a spoon, licked the spoon clean, and then dipped tortilla chips in there. Plain sour cream.
And yeah, I love it how people who disagree with your politics, resort to personal insults. Yes, personally attacking a person is waaay easier than making an argument. Just like scaring people in submission is way easier and more probably than actually convincing them to see things your way.

Posted by: CaliValleyGirl at September 1, 2006 07:25 PM

Interesting how the moron skewed your post about personal responsibility into you being fat and lazy. Maybe the idiot was self projecting. *grin*

Posted by: Teresa at September 5, 2006 10:41 PM

It's a sad thing to realize that there's just some really ugly people in the world. I recently got a good lashing from my ex-mother-in-law that was so obnoxious and distorted it made me laugh! And I agree with Teresa....

Posted by: Allicadem at September 6, 2006 08:17 PM