Old Man Winter won’t lose his grip

It’s April 4th and we’re having a raging snowstorm!

In WordPress’ own blog, they wrote the other day, a post about how others see you. It was entitled «See yourself through a different set of eyes». I have no idea how other people perceive me, but it reminded me of one thing:

Back in the old days of Yahoo360º, I had a woman follower, and she must have seen me as plain stupid. She lives in this country. She constantly sent me messages explaining to me how things worked here or about the English language. She could write a blog and then send me a ‘side message’, explaining. In the beginning, I just thought she was trying to be kind and helpful, and maybe she was. I had no problems understanding what she wrote, and it was mostly about her bodily functions anyway.

Eventually, it just got down to being bisarre — I got several messages telling me to ask my husband what this or that meant … expressions that were so common so even a beginner would know them. I was so tempted to tell her that if she couldn’t write in a way so that people would understand, then something was seriously wrong with her writing skills. I had to end that ‘relationship’, because the meaning of blogging can’t be that I should end up raving mad each time I go in there.

I may have got another one now…

17 Replies to “Old Man Winter won’t lose his grip”

  1. I so feel for you, to have yet another snow storm! Ugh!! Really hope it is the LAST one for this season…

    My goodness! I will tell you that I would have lost my patience really fast with someone like that! I probably would have left a message back like… thanks for all the help but you know I do not know why you think I am totally stupid, and I can actually read AND understand what I am reading.

    ut oh…. that’s not good if you got another one of those!

    Well I can only tell how I see you my friend 🙂 I see you as a kind, thoughtful person.

    You’re very generous – in that way that you share your knowledge and that in a good way and not like that person you mentioned up there in the post lol. You’ve helped me with different things like way back with the HTML and PhotoShop and so on. You’ve helped me with my camera when we met in Stockholm. And some other little things.

    You’re very easy to talk to! But I also feel that you have a deeper side. A big thinker! ( like me lol ) There were moments we were walking the streets taking photos in silence and it didn’t feel awkward at all! With some people it just does feel very awkward.

    I see you as a very talented person! But you’re very humble about that!

    I could go on and on as you really have different kind of sides – well that’s the way I see it lol. But will end this comment with saying that you have a great sense of humour! te he 🙂

    Kram!

    1. Mona,
      Thank you so much for your very kind words. They meant a lot to me. It’s kind of interesting to hear what people think …
      Without a sense of humour and the ability to laugh at oneself, the world would be a very dark place 🙂

  2. I perceive you positively – always a helper in this world.

    The talk about your new ‘helpful’ friend made me think of the final verses of the Bob Dylan song, Positively 4th Street – some of the cruelest lines I can think of.

    “I wish that for just one time
    You could stand inside my shoes
    And just for that one moment
    I could be you

    Yes, I wish that for just one time
    You could stand inside my shoes
    You’d know what a drag it is
    To see you”

    No, not really – I wouldn’t say that to a person, even if they were being obnoxiously helpful. I wouldn’t tell someone that. I would probably just stop communicating.

    What ‘are’ you going to do?

    1. Thank you! 🙂 Heartwarming words, this tough day. [The ambulance picked up my husband 5:30 this morning. Pneumonia, but I didn’t know that then].

      Yes, they are cruel lines … but good ~grin~! I’ve sensed this coming for some time, both in the blog and text messages, so it might very well go to ‘no communication’, in the long run.

      There have been others too — one who suggested that I’d send my blogs to him before I published, so he could correct them. The funny thing about that was that he, himself, wasn’t even a native speaker 🙂 I can never bring myself to correct others, even though there are times when I’m itching to do it LOL.

      1. I’m sorry to hear about your husband. My thoughts are with you both.

        That’s so funny about the person who suggested you send drafts to him first.

        And as I said, my thoughts are with you in this difficult time.

  3. No ANOTHER stupid snow storm Rebby!!! OY VEY!!! I hope it blows itself out soon.
    I am so sorry G has Pneumonia! This has been the worst Witner season in 10 years for Pneumonia. It is everywhere it seems 😦
    I shall say aprayer for G to feel better soon; he must stay in where it is warm.
    HUH I am trying to remember who that person was back on Yahoo 360. Probably best if I don’t, lol.
    I think you did the right thing to jsut end the connection. I had to do that with a person on WP & it was not nice. They posted on our blog & continue to post on others’ blogs terribly snide & sarcastic comments. I sent a private email firmly confronting them & told them I had TRASHED their comments as they were unnecessary & very hurtful. They had to put one of their dogs to sleep shortly after I put Nylablue to sleep. I took the comments as grief speaking but they escalated after Siddhartha Henry arrived & got worse as time went on.
    So the person no longer comments.
    I had a few trolls on FB also who found themselves blocked. I have no time or patience for stupidity anymore!
    If you need any suggestions plz email me & we can brainstorm 😉
    (((hugs))) Sherri-Ellen

    1. He’s in hospital, so he’s well taken care of.
      The person in Y360 wasn’t in your circle. What you tell me about the person in WP, it’s horrific! I’ve been lucky! We shall see how it goes with the other … 😀

      1. Hello Rebby: Is G back from Hospital yet? I hope so & I hope both of you are all right. Sorry I went AWOL>personal stuff 😉
        There are always a few negative people on blogsites; what we call ‘trolls’.
        The one I attracted has some issues & I understand however I will not be a public whipping post for anyone. We all lose beloved 4 leggeds & we band together to get thru; not go on the defence & attack. The comments were veiled in sarcasm so most of our readers may not have caught what was happening. Those who KNOW the person did notice! I emailed the person privately & gently asked them what their problem with me was. I got quite a reply back & total denial of the comments. I knew I was not going to find middle ground with the person so replied that I would mark them as SPAM & not allow their snide & rude comments on my blog.
        It has been peaceful ever since. The person is still leaving sarcastic comments elsewhere but that is not my probelm now 😉

        1. Yes, he’s back as of yesterday. A little weak and tired, but alright.
          To me, it’s of course, unfathomable, how one can be sarcastic [and about what] in a situation like that. But it takes all kinds, I guess … you just need to watch some crime shows on TV, to be flabbergasted over all the weirdoes that are on the loose in this world. We all attract the occasional jerk and that’s just to be expected when we write on a public website. The overall feeling is good though.

          Just as in ‘real life’ I don’t want any arguing and confrontations — I could never be one of those who put on a different personality online 🙂 I’m more like WYSIWYG [what you see is what you get] LOL

          1. Hurrah for G being back home!! I hope he rests & takes any medication 7 is ‘fighting fit’ soon!!!
            I can be a bit sarcastic but not rudely sarcastic & hurtful; not in a million years!
            I agree 1 troll does not deplete the blogging experience at all.
            I DO watch “Criminal Minds; 48 Hours & Dateline. I KNOW the kind of people this world holds. Sad how twisted up & evil people can become.
            I too am WYSIWYG girl myself 😉

              1. I hear you Rebby! There are some episodes I cannot watch after the first few minutes. Some are just too twisted even for me.
                That is why I like British drama; it is not so gory & weird 😉

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