It’s now a year since I joined WriterBeat. In that time, I have learned much about the animals in this enclosure. What I have to say will probably violate libel “laws” in almost every country. Even the USA. But bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny (Edmund Burke). And they shouldn’t be obeyed. Agree?
So, I’m going to take you on an unexpurgated tour of “Autumn’s Park.”
In the cage on the far left, we have Opher Goodwin. Actually, I find him an engaging character. He’s intelligent, friendly and responsive. Pity about his political views, particularly on green issues. Having been trained as a scientist, he ought to know better than to support the green lies. Worse, he wants to force everyone else to kow-tow to his view of the world, and doesn’t seem to understand why people resist that. Not to mention that he has been allowed – indeed, paid out of taxes stolen from me! – to indoctrinate a generation and more of English children with green, socialist crap.
Stone-Eater is another leftist whose company I enjoy. I agree with him a lot of the time. Perhaps because we’re both cosmopolitans, who prefer to judge people as individuals rather than by race or birthplace. But when he supports the state, I switch off.
Dave Volek, unfortunately, is no longer with us. But I found him by far the most incisive commenter here. Several times he made me think, “did I get something wrong?” And on a couple of occasions, “Oops, Dave’s right.” I miss Dave.
Tubularsock has a great sense of humo(u)r. I like him, even though I often disagree with his views.
The Broken Clock seems to be the most moderate and reasonable of the leftists. And he writes well.
Now to the cages on the right side...
TexasLynn must take pride of place. He has even, on a couple of occasions, caught me out in imprecisions! I appreciate that. And sometimes he and I have worked together to create something better than either of us could have done alone. (My “green religion” comment on one of his threads is a case in point). I like Lynn, and I totally support his right to his strong Christian views; as long as he doesn’t try to force them on to others.
I was going to say something about Ryan Messano, but he was moved to another zoo yesterday.
“Ken” has a lot to say for himself. Some of it is really well argued. I’ll reserve judgement, as he’s quite new here.
Thomas Sutrina, I recently agreed on something with! For the first time in a year.
William Stockton makes a lot of good points. And he barks, but he rarely bites.
And now for the cages round the back...
The Burghal Hidage (TBH) is probably my “best friend” on WriterBeat so far. We have a lot in common in our approaches to life; though I prefer wine and beer to smokes and Jameson’s. But I have to confess that he’s a far better versifier than I am.
Ric Wells is another who writes far better than I can. He’s the only one here who has managed to sway my emotions through his words. But I don’t like his pessimism; for pessimists are always right.
Mustafa Kemal is one of the good guys. We share a training in mathematics, and a disrespect for bullshit in all its forms.
Robin Redbreast is the only WriterBeater I’ve actually met in the flesh. Wassail! He’s a really nice guy, but has too many leftist leanings. Particularly on “global warming.”
Leroy is the “still small voice of calm.” He seems to be the most rational person around here. And everyone (except the occasional idiot) respects what he says.
George N Romey is a centrist. But despite that, he puts forward some provocative ideas, well worth the effort to take in and evaluate.
Flying Junior, I confess, I found a bit difficult at first. But in the last month or so, he seems to have mellowed, and come to relate better to the wild and weird people (like me) he is talking to in this forum. So, he’s now on my list of the good guys.
Dr Rupert, I must say, blows a bit hot and cold. Like the girl with the curl, when he’s good he’s very very good, and when he’s bad he’s not so good. But he’s OK.
Bill Kamps is a “moderate,” charting a narrow course between the Scylla of the right and the Charybdis of the left. But a lot of what he says makes sense.
Jeff Jackson is another “moderate,” is unfailingly courteous, and writes well.
Jeff Michka is... Jeff Michka. If none of the threads were about politics or religion, he would be a pretty decent commenter :-)
Ian Thorpe is, culturally, probably closer to me than anyone else here. Except that I never got into pop. Musically, brass bands are more my thing.
EXPAT is a bit like Dr. Rupert. At one moment, very lucid; at another, I find myself asking “What?”
Jeffry Gilbert is the Captain. Enough said.
Jeffrey Kelly knows his onions, and his history.
rycK the JFK Democrat is neither JFK, nor a Democrat. But he’s OK.
James Travil follows a religion, which I hear has something to do with Santa. But he’s OK, too.
Now to the Ladies’ Section, housed in a separate, high security building. And it doesn’t have many inmates... I wonder why?
wsucram15 (Jeanne) I haven’t had much interaction with. Her thought processes seem to be pretty much at right angles to mine.
Riley Brown writes well, asks good questions, and comments well too. I don’t know what gender hesh actually is, but I’m inclined to take her avatar on trust.
Autumn is the First Lady of WriterBeat, of course. But we do have a Second Lady. In my view, Katharine Otto has probably the best mind on this forum. She knows a lot about a lot of things, and she isn’t afraid to put her ideas forward. And they are good ideas.
I’ve probably missed a few off my list of the good guys and gals. And surely there are a few that deserve brickbats, who may feel relieved that I’ve forgotten them. But there’s something I’ve increasingly noticed over the last several months. WriterBeat seems to be becoming, more and more, a community. Albeit, one of very disparate people. I’m not sure whether that’s part of what Autumn intended. But I think it’s a good thing.