Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Evil Duck Strikes Again

I know I shouldn't let it bother me, but when someone is a total asshole to me for no particular reason it tends to get under my skin. Case in point - recently I left a comment on a blog I frequent to give a shout-out to another commenter, a woman whom I have come to know and admire through reading her posts and exchanging infrequent emails with her. We've never met nor do I expect we ever will but I still enjoy tossing an occasional compliment her way, so when  she posted a comment using one of her made-up names (based on answers from the puzzle at hand) I saw it as a perfect opportunity to reach out to her with this:

Dirigonzo 6:55 PM  
@ACM - "Agitato Coeurs Mennen" is perhaps your most apt pseudonym ever as it perfectly describes the effect you have on many males here (and elsewhere, I assume), most certainly including me.

This was intended solely as a good-natured shout-out to someone I know well enough to think it might tickle her if she saw it; it never occurred to me that anyone else would take any interest or find a reason to respond, much less launch an ad hominem attack thinly disguised as a tongue-in-cheek (I guess that what's it's supposed to be) "warning" about a stalker (that would be me, I guess). What I failed to take into account when I posted the comment was the fact that Evil Doug, a despicable figure who haunts the blog waiting for some unsuspecting sole to post something he finds objectionable so he can skewer them with his rapier wit (in his mind), has what can only be called a pathological hatred for @ACM and any mention of her name is bound to elicit a prompt and hateful reply from him.  So I should not have been surprised when the following appeared within minutes of my post:
Ooh, looks like we got a stalker on the prowl. Be careful, ladies. Just because they seem like safe little creampuff admirers on the blog, they might be praying to their creepy shrines to you in their bedrooms. Read their personal blogs, do some serious research, and--whatever you do--don't agree to meet them without trusted people at your side, if at all....


I'm not sure why the comment annoyed me as much as it did, especially since I'm certain that is exactly the reaction Doug was hoping for, as he seems to take great joy, and maybe even some measure of pride, in annoying people. Anyway, Doug advised his audience to "Read their personal blogs..." and I honestly hope lots of them will do just that and read this post plus an earlier (much more analytical) one devoted to "Evil Doug". Only a total asshole would launch an unprovoked personal attack, cloaked in the guise of "humor" or "wit", in reply to a comment that had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with him.  Doug has driven several commenters away from the blog with his outrageous behavior; rest assured I am not going anywhere.
Did I mention that I think "evil doug" is an asshole? This song is too good for him, but I'm a generous kind of guy so I'll dedicate it to him anyway. Here you go, Doug, this one's for you - take it to heart, Buddy, because it's all about you.
Love, Dirigonzo


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  2. Hey Dirigonzo! I'm a syndicated solver in Vancouver, BC who has been following that particular puzzle blog for a few years now. I just read Evil Doug's comment to you and it was totally uncalled-for. There are so many lovely, funny, intelligent people who contribute to that blog and Ms ACME is one of my favorites. The aptly-named ED has a long history of vicious attacks on her and THAT is probably what provoked him this time around. While most of the regulars mostly ignore him, there are (incredibly!) a handful who defend him as a nice guy in "real life". Sorry, but in my world nice people don't behave like pre-pubescent trolls to deliberately offend and hurt others. I cannot understand why "Rex" doesn't take some responsibility as host, moderate the comments and ban anyone who behaves badly. IMO, giving the Evil Dick free rein to attack people is bullying by proxy. BTW, I always enjoy your input - don't let one idiotic a-hole get you down!
    Sorry for the re-post - rookie mistake :)

    1. @magpieBC - thanks so much for reading and especially for your comment! As I'm sure you know there are several syndi-solvers who comment regularly on Rex's blog - maybe you'll join us there someday?

  3. Hey Man,
    Saw a link to you in Sunday's Rexblog, so, since we usually end up commenting around the same time, I thought I'd pop over and say "Hi." I guess every well-attended blog has at least one resident troll, so I figure Evil Doug is the designee for that particular one. There's just no accounting for dickishness.

    BTW, thought the "Meth Lab" you linked to was hilarious.


  4. Cary, thanks for stopping by - glad you liked the Meth Lab image, I might just use that as my avatar for a while.