I'm starting to enjoy our online forum a lot more these days by being more selective; not only on what I discuss but the posters I have a discussion with. I can’t remember the last heated discussion that I engaged in. I will have some of those but they will be limited and with a poster I respect. The key is not to be too selective or I’ll never learn anything.Hey, it may take a while for this old man to figure it all out but who knows what tomorrow will bring. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
I don't want be too selective with the posters that I have a discussion with because I may take something out of context and besides they have all right in the world to disagree with me. Most of time, I will just consider the source. I know there are some posters who start to disagree with me, after the first word in the first sentence I write. For example, there's no reason for me to get in a discussion over the Trayvon Martin-Zimmerman case anymore because it has become "you post your vile and I'll post mine" and "I'll insult you to boot.” That doesn't mean that I won't read about the subject somewhere else or lose any interest in the case. It's become a" there goes the neighborhood” thread..IMO
I really enjoyed the "name the owl” contest. The participation was outstanding and names that were submitted were pretty good. I'm not that creative, I would have settled for Owl #1 & Owl #2.
It just feels good not to have to pretend that I'm a moderate, down the middle “everyone’s out-of-step but Willie" type of poster who wants to appeal to everyone. By now everyone expects me to write from a “left of center" perspective. I'm not scared to get go out on a limb; what have I got to lose? I’m not competing for something that I’ll never be. I will never be the best blogger. It's not as if the posters pay attention to me anyway; the other day I said that I keep my politics secular and I received five religious answers and posts in return. I didn't respond and let them have the blog and I felt that I did the right thing. I just take it for granted that they don't mean any harm and that is just the way they are. Besides my posts just adds unneeded fuel to fire sometimes. The other day, a person who dislikes Obama answered a letter writer by saying that no president can control the price of gasoline. Sometimes you have to let the truth sort things out.
Anyway this blog will take the place of a Saturday vent because I don't have anything to gripe about these days.
Open thread weekend...Lets discuss something that is on your mind.