I continue to find it curious that somehow, for some people
communicating digitally means throwing common courtesy out
One can still be a disargreeable, old fart, curmudgeon without
losing ones manners.
My approach to the 'Randy' thing is this; I have known merlyn
(not in the biblical sense) through his books, articles comments
etc. since 1991. Never once have I read that he goes by, accepts
or embraces the name 'Randy'. So I would never think to refer him as Randy?
Why? Respect. No, though I do respect him.
No, It's plan old common courtesy,
being polite, good manners.
Maybe someday over beers
merlyn will slap me on the back and say 'Say, why don't you
just call me Randy' and I'll say 'No, I think Randal suits
BTW, mitd's first name is Peter and NO ONE has ever been
given permission to call mitd 'Pete'.
mitd-Made in the Dark
'My favourite colour appears to be grey.'
You just reminded me of a little acronym that my friends had
a few years back.
CFC: Common F***ing Courtesy.
So the next time you hear some enviro-weenies talking
about reducing CFC, let them know you fully support the need
in this world for CFC. :)
I find that the best way to let people know that adding an
extraneous character onto your name, such as 'y', is to ignore
them until they realize that they must not be addressing you.
It's kind of like me saying to mitd, "Say, Lois how are
you doing?" He's not going to look at me or even think that
I'm addressing him. So in the same vein, if I said, "Say,
Pete how are you doing?", I'm not truly addressing mitd since
he has never (I presume from the post) gone by the name Pete.
I don't quite understand why people feel compelled to
misunderstand why other people choose their most preferred
name and then continue to abuse this misunderstanding when