--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "authfriend" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "Rory Goff" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
> wrote:
> > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "authfriend" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
> wrote:
> <snip>
> > > The real problem is when the lols and smiley faces
> > > don't seem to belong to what you're actually saying.
> > 
> > Yes, I understand how you feel that this often makes me look 
> > insincere. That is when (IMO) they would often appear to be 
> > *especially* useful, as they are intended to lighten up what
> > otherwise may sound far heavier and more solemn than is my 
> Actually they have exactly the opposite effect.
> They call attention to the heaviness because
> they're so discordant with it.  They make it
> seem as though the heaviness is *so* heavy 
> that you feel you have to disguise it or put
> protective padding around it, whereas a bit of
> straightforward, up-front heaviness wouldn't
> tend to stand out the same way and would just
> be taken as a matter of course.

I appreciate your feedback, Judy; I understand and acknowledge that 
you may well view me as discordant, stale, and/or phoney, and with 
all due respect I admit I can happily live with all that, and will 
continue to punctuate as I feel :-)

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