Hale to the Commentors: My Memorial Day Salute to BV and Tom
As a lad growing up in urban suburbia, I routinely tuned in on Saturday nights to Hee-Haw, a great television diversion from homework and chores. I recall the strands of a particular song that proclaimed “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all…” It’s a call to recognize that a little is better than none at all.
This is relevant for me (and for you, since you are reading this post) for one reason: as a non-political blog, most major news carriers won’t pick up on the revelations found herein. Golf people will read my words, for certain, and maybe the occasional sports junkie on a side trip from revenue-generating athletics.
I’d love to have lucid comments in the dozens for every blog entry I write. In my dreams, they are supportive entries that praise each syllable of every word that I type into this computer. That, too, will not happen. Fortunately for me, I have Tom and BV. They are the reverse-worshippers at my altar, the anti-support group of RonMon. Never missing a chance to decry my opinions, belittle my grasp of the English language, nor harangue (like Merengue, they rhyme you know) my choice of material, they are as sure and true as the wind and the sun. Revisit any blog entry I’ve written and you’ll find them there, faithful as a smelly dog, criticizing, badgering, abusing.
So here’s to you, boys. Thank you for always being there. I have that photo you sent and decided to post it for all to see. My two, true-blue supporters, Fire and Ice, Tom and BV:
Keep on capturing the dream, lads!
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You must be the pride of your school system.
What an idiot you are..you can't even diss someone right...
1. to compel (someone) to go: to hale a man into court.
2. to haul; pull.
I have a hard time figuring out how this spelling of the word should be used in the title...then again, when you consider the daily works of Ron Mon, I guess this makes perfect sense.
Mon, this was a fun post, really. Unlike you and Kiel, and bearded exile Wolfie - I am able to laugh at the ridiculous as well as the sublime.
PS...everyone IS right - the word you should have used was 'hail' given the context where it was used (the word is either an adjective or transitive verb). Not to be mean or anything, but I truly DO feel sorry for the kids who have you as an "English" teacher.
Ron, I'm not going to be mean, I'm not going to try to embarrass you, I'm not going to try to one up you. Take this as a gentle constructive criticism...your quote above is exactly why we criticize you. You don't help people understand about what is happening in golf when you talk in cryptic inside jokes.
Why can't you just a) be normal. Good writers do not adopt a breezy manner. You're not walt whitman and you're not dan jenkins. Your "voice" needs to change to be more accessible. Nobody likes a know it all or someone who chirps.
b) until you write well consistently, you shouldn't use slang or unfamiliar word usages...that leads to sloppiness. You need better grammar, syntax, and style. As they said in "Bull Durham" get the basics done and right first and build a good base...then, once you've established credibility, then you can try to do some more interesting things. but when you do it with no track record, people will reject what your writing as nonsense. Like Crash said, when your established, then you can have personality and they'll think you're just eccentric. Until then, you're just sloppy.
Brandon, BV, are I wrong?
Next: "However, in the words of the bard, I'm rubber, you're glue; what bounces off me, sticks to you."
What do you think legit readers who see this will think? Or new readers? Or "unique visitors." They'll think that you are puerile, obnoxious and not worth the time to read. When that happens, you hurt everyone on your page. You hurt Kiel, Jennifer, Chris, Brandon and the rest by association. They think "If this guy's an idiot, maybe they all are." Pull your weight or you'll drag everybody down.
Ron, you are the source of a lot of your problems. The minute you're satisfied with yourself, you never get any better. So if you think that your good right now, you won't improve.
It's our call Ron. You can take a mulligan and start to learn a as writer or you can keep on writing yourself into oblivion and find yourself in a position where your bosses will think getting rid of you might be addition by subtraction.