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.'