Wishing everyone in Funny Farm Lounge the best revenge of all (-: PS I liked the Judy and the Jets joke. Funny without being mean, not to mention the alliteration that renders it easy to remember and reuse. Couldn't find a decent recording of Jet song from WSS.
________________________________ From: turquoiseb <no_re...@yahoogroups.com> To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 2:29 AM Subject: [FairfieldLife] FFL As Sport It strikes me, parsing the gloat- and hate-fest that was yesterday's evening's posts, that an accurate metaphor to portray what does on here on FFL is a European football (soccer or rugby) game. Yeah, I know that the rabid fans I'm going to be talk- ing about would prefer to think of it as a battlefield, with themselves cast as Arjuna, doing dharmic battle against the forces of evil. But hey!...get real. This is just a silly forum in cyberspace, and they're all sitting at home in the dark in front of a glowing screen, not actually "doing battle" the way they think they are. I think of a few of them -- in particular, the Judy Clique (Raunchy, Ravi, Ann, Jimbo, Emily, etc.) -- as clumps of overemotional sports fans, sitting in the stands, their faces painted with all of those ghastly MIU publication pastel colors, occasionally cheering for "their team," but more often razzing the "other team." When "their side" starts losing -- as has happened a LOT lately, with Judy being bested by (imagine this!) Share at her own parsing game, or her and Ravi and Jimbo being heartily laughed at by Steve and even feste -- they do *exactly* what Euro sports fans do. They complete *ignore* that their own team is losing, usually on forced or unforced errors, and turn all their attention to hurling personal insults at the players for the other team. They'll yell insults about the goalie's mother, or claim to be actually winning, even though the scoreboard clearly says otherwise. Meanwhile the other team just laughs, and plays even better. Whatever floats their boats, I guess. I think it's kinda silly to be so attached to one's ego that one allows its buttons to be pushed so easily. Just think, though...if Euro football stadiums had an "invective limit" the way that FFL has a "posting limit," these fans would only be able to see one game a month. :-) Back here on Fairfield Life, those who have shot their wad in the first two or three days of the posting week will be sitting on the sidelines for the rest of it, not even able to yell at the "other team." Think how frustrating that will be for them, and how much invective they'll have built up by next Friday at midnight UTC, when they'll all "hit the ground hating" again. Meanwhile, the actual game of discussing ideas and dealing with the ideas themselves instead of hurling insults at those who do goes on without them. As it always has. Some people are actually on the playing field, and others are where they've always been -- in the grandstands, yelling.