Des Essenties,any one who would read your prior posts on this matter would draw the same "strange conclusions".
No, p3undone, I seriously doubt that many other people would jump to the same conclusions about my brief statements upon this thread as you have done, and my name is spelled Des Essientes, not Des Essenties. I know you are a moderator and thus probably immune from the suspensions meted out for misspelling posters' names, but you should try to set a good example nonetheless.
You said I exaggerated the
magnitude,when I used the figure of speech messed up;most people understand that means the same as made a mistake.Maybe it was wrong
for me to assume that you did,if so;my bad.You equated messed up to a mess,I know you're brighter than that.
Don't exaggerate the magnitude of his offense.
I meant this statement to apply not to just you, p3undone, but to the all the readers and participants upon this thread. I understand that "messed up" is often used merely as the equivalent of having made a mistake, but if you honestly believe that the phrase "messed up" doesn't also connote the sense of having made a mess then I really don't know what to tell you, because it is obvious. I am sorry if you thought I was singling you out for exaggerating the driver's offense. Those above claiming that he was "a jerk" and that he "got off easy" were being far more hyperbolic than you, but since the term "messed up" does imply a mess, and the driver hadn't really made a mess (unless you count this thread) I used your post as an example of exaggerating the driver's offense.
it's that you should be more clear about who you are referring to when you say let's not make this a contest for being an authoritarian square.
I was referring to everyone reading and posting upon the forum. I wrote:
Let's not make the Polish discussion forum into a contest over who can be he most uptight authoritarian square. It would be un-Polish.
I fail to see how this exhortation above is in anyway unclear regarding the fact that I am addressing the whole forum.
P3undone, I know that a lot of the posters on this forum try to make it about "one on one" fighting, but that is not what I am about, because that is what makes this forum a petty soap-opera about personalities rather than the issues and ideas that the threads are supposed to be about. If you think that you and I are in some sort of duel then you are mistaken.
You said that he is more of a man because he doesn't lick the shoes of authority,like some groveling craven dog;or something to that effect.
I meant that this driver's agitated defiance towards the police, when he felt they were going to ruin his day, was in my opinion more manly, even with the tears, than the attitude of someone who'd fawningly thank the police for ruining his day. I only made this comparison because you'd written:
man up,take your ticket and move on.
I felt you were being unfair towards the driver, but you have since graciously conceded that your statement, implying the driver's emasculation, was unneeded:
I concede that I didn't have to say man up;ok.
Well done. You've literally moderated.
(Perhaps you might adopt a more standard method of typing out your posts as well. Your current mode of presentation is rather difficult to read.)
Edit: I wrote the above before seeing your most recent post p3undone. Thank you for re-reading my posts and thank you for apologizing for jumping to conclusions about them.