... in which I tried to have fun and tried to make a point and wound up inconveniencing and upsetting a lot of people (as you can see from the comments below, which I'm leaving up).
Often, I enjoy inconveniencing and upsetting people. And as you'll also see in the comments if you care to read them, I don't shrink from their ire automatically.
But if you're going to go to war, you want it to be for a good cause. In this case, there was no great important cause, beyond my trying to be funny at the expense of a perfectly nice guy, with whom I got off the phone awhile ago.
At some point, you just have to decide: This is dumb.
For those who were entertained—mostly people who know me—I'm glad.
For those who I drove batty—strangers who think I must be the most self-important prick on the planet—I'm sorry I bugged you.
And for the perfectly nice guy whose day I messed up: You did not have that coming.
What I'm sure of is that I don't need this hornet's nest to sit up here for perpetuity. We've all got work to do. Let's move on. —DM