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I posted a little rant about a guy writing a check at the grocery store. It’s liberally peppered with sarcastic, self-deprecatory stuff such as:
See, I deliberately made the whole thing kind of over-the-top; the point being that in the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t a biggie. I don’t know, I thought it might be amusing. I realize I’m no Lewis Black, but I enjoy the rant-type threads here, and occasionally like to proffer my own.
Doing so, I fully expect to get the usual slew of responses such as “Fuck you Blowero - I’ll shove my check up your ass” and stuff of that nature. But the ones that always kind of baffle me are those like this one from obfusciatrist:
You might be thinking, why did I start a new thread, rather than just respond in my previous thread. And here’s why: I’m noticing that this is part of a larger trend of posts along the lines of “Gee, you’re so uptight - I can’t believe you’re complaining about this.” So I ask you, obfusciatrist, did you really think I was seriously upset about the check writing thing? When I said I “might just survive this thing”, were you under the impression that I seriously thought I might not survive? Do I think people who write checks at the grocery store are dinosaurs? - Yes. Did it ruin my day? - Of course not.
And to all of you who feel compelled to post the little “Gee, how come you’re so uptight?” type comments (which invariably sneak their way into every BBQ Pit rant thread), I ask you - Did you really think the OP was serious? Last time I was at the gun counter at my local WalMart, I didn’t see any fellow Dopers in there loading up on ammo for their planned rampage over the bad fast-food service they got, or the guy who cut them off on the freeway. Honestly folks, do you go to comedy clubs and heckle the guy on stage with “Wow, man - I can’t believe how uptight you are. Just deal with that bad airline food.” Or “Well if you think Madonna is so old and skanky, you don’t have to watch her.”
Are we going to have to start putting disclaimers in every thread?
WARNING! Doper not seriously upset by incident; light-hearted jibe only; may include mock anger and exaggerated outrage for comedic effect.