Current Tone on the Boards
I would've titled this thread "Pulsetaking the Zeitgeist", but I wanted somebody beside linguafood to read it.
The thing is, more and more, it has become palpable that there is a "bad vibe" in the air. The acrid smell of burnt sugar, the perfume of rotting durian, the stench of a spilled bong, have permeated my nostrils, soured my iron-coated stomach, as well as those of some other 'hounds with whom I have communications off the Site. Where does this weirdness come from? Under which floorboard does that hidden, evil heart beat? I don't recall such a cloud darkening in the virtual skies we share since the days in '08 when Jamie Dimon and his cronies got on their knees and unzipped Paulson's fly - "We will gladly pay you Tuesday for a few Billion today . . . ."
Fine. I see some things that are identifiable.
I mean, there is a recurring feature on "Pet Peeves". Clearly, that kind of message from the home planet can't be a positive reinforcement (I have a Pet Peeve, it's people bitching). There have been a bunch of comments by 'hounds concerning a feeling that there are others they want to "ignore" without even seeing what they've posted. Complaints about how individual posts that have been deleted are taken as affronts. Queries about how to disengage from those who won't stop barking, etc. There is also a growing lack of sense of humor when reading posts - not everything on a food geek exchange should be so serious, after all.
Look, I love you guys. I'll spar with any of you that wanna be assholes, but I do that with my own brother too. Pick on a defenseless, little Omega pup, and expect the Alpha 'hounds to howl. That's how packs work. It's just the dog in me, right George? At the end, we all break bread, lick wounds, and consider where to find the best bowl of kibbles.
Any other thoughts on the State of the Site? Any other temperature takers? Maybe we could turn my ramblings into a productive discourse? "Forgive me my trespasses . . . ." after all?
first off, veggo, thank you for using "couldn't" for the constipated 80%. too many people are incorrectly using "could" for "give a shit, give a rat's ass, care less," etc.
and, now, to bring it back to a food-related post, i'd like to recommend prunes, pears and flax seeds, to those 80 percent suffering from constipation. these foods have a gentle, laxative effect.
but what if I'm the one who hates my guts and everyone else is purely ambivalent? run those %'s...
seriously, I don't see this negativity as being all that different in recent months. it ebbs and it flows. the political analogy would be single-issue voters for whom the single-issue changes from cycle to cycle.
I see the bad moon arising.
I see trouble on the way.
I see earthquakes and lightnin'.
I see bad times today.
Don't go around tonight,
Well, it's bound to take your life,
There's a bad moon on the rise.
I hear hurricanes ablowing.
I know the end is coming soon.
I fear rivers over flowing.
I hear the voice of rage and ruin.
Hope you got your things together.
Hope you are quite prepared to die.
Looks like we're in for nasty weather.
One eye is taken for an eye.
I think there are a lot of people that would like this thread, and it's participants thus far, to just go away.