A few readers have commented, some publicly and some privately, that they (1) found this post pretty funny, and (2) were a little shocked to learn that I am not always completely proper. Or nice. Some, like Local So-and-So, say they are a little annoyed to find they’ve needlessly been minding their manners around me.
I usually don’t use profanity because in general I’d rather emphasize points with clever phrasing and well-placed modifiers (adverbs and adjectives, for all you non-grammarians). Once in a blue cheese moon, though, some sarcasm, irreverence and a curse word or three can come in quite handy. A nice little Rant gets the blood flowing and lets off steam, and I think that’s fine – as long as Ranting does not become a habit. (Then it just becomes tiresome.)
Occasionally something really rubs me the wrong way – like my daytime employer repeatedly pressuring me, and all its employees, to contact Congress and support their industry-related agenda, which as a conservative is not MY agenda. I think it’s highly presumptuous and improper and possibly even in violation of some sort of employment law and have thus refused to comply. And yesterday I had a little fun with my outrage.
In general, in terms of manners and rules here on E!!, I don’t mind a little “color” but don’t want any deliberate, personalized nasty-ness. I do realize color is in the eye of the beholder, of course.
For an idea of what I find brilliant and loveable in terms of sarcasm, satire and the like, see Iowahawk. He is one of our great modern-day scribes: smart, scathing, derisive, outrageous, and funny like few can be. His recent Senora Kennedy post had me laughing so hard and so long that my stomach ached and I had to pee. (There is no higher praise when it comes to funny.)
I don’t claim to be living in the same comic galaxy as Iowahawk, and wouldn’t be silly enough to try to get there in my cute little cardboard rocketship. Comic geniuses are like albinos: very rare, and born (not made). I admire Iowahawk from afar and despite the line he walks and often crosses, I am never offended. In my book, funny covers a multitude of sins.
Anyway, for those who were shocked or disappointed by my letter, be assured that things like that are rare here on E!! – and know that your kind pardon, if granted, is appreciated.