This morning I awoke to find a hefty stack of comment confirmation emails in my "in-box." Apparently the scumbags over at Stonebridge Life Insurance are once again up to their dirty telemarketing tricks, and my blog is getting Googled by angry people looking for answers. I don't have answers, but it's nice to know that people can come here and vent their frustrations over an activity that should most certainly be illegal and punishable by death.
Along with people who were violated by the Stonebridge asshats, there were other great comments on various entries (seriously, I often think that the comments on this blog are far more entertaining than the blog itself!), and a very nice email from somebody in Germany who wrote to tell me that he had stumbled across my blog and spent the past week reading it from start to finish (even I am not that brave!). So thanks everybody!
Of course it wasn't all sunshine and roses, there was a hate-mail buried in there as well. It wouldn't be a week at Blogography if I didn't receive at least one nasty comment. This time it was in response to my previous entry lamenting the ever-dwindling value of the once mighty US Dollar. It started out with "You liberals..." and then went on to say "blah blah blah. blah blah. BLAH! BUSH! BLAAAAHHH! BLAAHH!!!" Well, not really. But I never did get over the shock of being labeled a "liberal" in the first two words, and pretty much ignored everything after that.
It would seem that ever since I started this blog, everybody is just dying to label me...
And while it is (on some really low level) flattering that people take the time to label me based on things they have read here, there is really only one label I will ever ascribe to...
And why is that? Because I don't need some group, organization, or other person doing my thinking for me, and certainly do NOT want to be tossed in with a group of people who do. That's fine for some, but absolutely not me. I make up my own mind, and speak my own mind. Some of my thoughts could be said to embrace popular liberal leanings, but others are very much in line with what is generally considered to be traditional conservative thinking.
It all comes down to the fact that my opinion is my opinion, and I don't really care on what side of the political fence it lands. I refuse to blindly subscribe to any political party, and choose to vote for the person I consider to be best for the job instead of randomly checking off the labels presented me. It is not the most popular way to handle your politics, but it's the only way for me. Ironically, such thinking has me regularly labeled as both "liberal" and "conservative" ... "Democrat" and "Republican" when, in fact, I am none of them.
And that brings me to the crux of this entry. Somebody assumes I was Bush-bashing, labeled me a liberal, and then decided to lay me to whale shit for being something I am not. This is so ridiculous as to be laughable. All I did was present the facts for my argument: since Bush has been in office, the value of the US Dollar has been in free-fall, and that is making it difficult for me to make vacation plans. That's it! If you are going to attack me for Bush-bashing, then at least wait until I am actually bashing the idiot our President before slapping yet another label on me. And if you can't do that much, then that's your problem, and attacking me via email is a big waste of time because I won't bother to read it. So blah blah blah BLAH!
I love comments! However, all comments are moderated, and won't appear until approved. Are you an abusive troll with nothing to contribute? Don't bother. Selling something? Don't bother. Spam linking? Don't bother.
Gotta love that movie – but was it just me, or was Ocean’s Twelve one of the worst sequels to hit the screens since MIB 2?
Beautifully written Dave. I couldn’t have said it better myself. In fact I didn’t, you did, which is why I’m commenting on your site and your not commenting about this on mine. Wait…what was I saying?
Haha, i dunno why but i almost collapsed into laughter when i noticed ‘fag-lover’.. who?? why?? lol of all the labels… Would that be an insult or a cry for help?
Oh and speaking of plunging the dirty depths…. of your website, re: 100#59. My first ever gig was seeing DM on their ‘songs of faith and devotion’ tour. Hmm, i must have been 15 if i calculated it correctly. Is that a bit old for a first ever gig. Pah, who knows, but still, with it being my first ever gig it was cool to see you went to the 101 show. The 101 recording of A Question of Lust is one of my favorite ever moments in music; must have been religious!
Cavan: Oh, I don’t know… it would be pretty hard to top “Breakin’ 2: Electric Bugaloo” for worst sequel! That being said, I find “Men In Black 2” to be the worst offender. Same exact story as the first, but with the roles reversed? Tragic!
theMike: You were saying how brilliant I am, but don’t let me interrupt… please continue…
MRKisThatKid: Every one of those labels (along with dozens of others) are from actual emails and comments I’ve received. The only “death threat” I’ve gotten from blogging started out with “Dear Fag Lover…” so it’s not quite so funny to me, and was definitely a cry for help. 🙂
And oh yeah… DEPECHE MODE RULES!! 🙂
I’m a fag lover….fyi. Anyone who don’t like it, bite me.
One good thng about living in Norway? When telemarketers call and hear you answer the phone in English, they take you off the list and don’t bother with you anymore. I have literally forgotten the heinous 10 a day routine of “ghost calls”.
That’s kind of sweet….And, an added bonus? When Jehovah’s Witnesses come to your door, you can plead Igorant American and they go away too. yeay!
I must say you are the best Dave2 I know!
I love the ME illustration. I think I’ll print it, lighten the scruff, put lipstick on it and hang it on my bathroom mirror as a reminder that I like ME.
Oh Karla, you need to remember that the next time you go shopping and spend $50 on a can of corn. So there ARE benefits to being an American living in Norway after all!
Hah, admit it Jenny… I am the only Dave2 you know! 🙂
And Girl, everybody likes a woman who rides a motorcycle, so you’re in good company. 🙂
That is so true, since the Bush thingy entered office the value of the dollar is 66 kr. instead of 112 kr.These are Icelandic Kronars though don’t know much about the rest of the World. So the rest of the World collects dollars while Americans lynch you for being honest? What’s wrong with this picture?
Thank you for linking to this post for me…it’s fantastic. And exactly how I feel, too. Bravo.
Though I get one label you don’t – lesbian. I win!
Oh I could SO be a lesbian if I wanted to!
When my friend Jen finally came out and told me she was a lesbian, it went something like this:
JEN: Yes, you heard me… a lezzzzzbiiiian.
DAVE: But Jen, you could get any guy you want!
JEN: Yes, honey, I see myself in the mirror every morning so I know this. It just turns out that the man I want has a vagina.
DAVE: Oh. Is she hot?