Thank Grog It’s Firday!
OK. So…Mom got mad. I don’t blame her. She has to deal with so many whiners and tattlers and hurt feelings, that she just reaches a breaking point and “loses it.”
My Mom used to be that way every once in a while. She would get that look in her eye and say stuff like, “How many times do I have to tell you???” or “What is it going to take for you to stop doing that???” or “For the love of GAAAAAWD!!! If you don’t stop doing that, you are going to wish you hadn’t!!”
These are all semi-rhetorical questions that are best left unanswered, if you know what’s good for you. The fact is, when you are a kid, you really have no idea as to how many times it will take for something to finally change your actions, or if there is some magic solution to a clearly repetitive and annoying display on your behalf. And let’s be honest…by the time you get to that last one, you are already wishing you hadn’t done it!
But, these are the actions of children. You don’t expect the same kinds of annoying behaviors from adults who are supposed to know better. I know…I know...you are going to blame your actions on Covid, and being locked up inside. You are going to push to the limits your dissatisfaction with something that is supposed to give you pleasure, onto someone else, whether it be EA, Gracie, or the admins of this site.
But, let me assure…we ALL have a breaking point. And there are simply some things that are going to make us GO BATSHIRTCRAZY!!!!
I’ve been part of “the Addicts Team” almost as long as there has been an Addicts Team (with a brief, but pointed time, searching for my own meaning to TSTO). What I know, is that Alissa is the most patient, dedicated, and yes…benevolent admins I have ever known.
So, if you provoke her to the point of her “going off on you” as she did last week, I am going to go with the “she was provoked” defense every time. And let’s face it…she was.
But, let’s just lay out some basic realities, that should be clear and obvious to anyone who takes the time to think about it (as opposed to those who just rant and run, without thinking).
Alissa does at least 90% of the work, posting and comment moderation on this site. Maybe more. When you look at the number of comments that I have made and moderated over the years and years and years we have been doing this, it comes out to less than 10% of the overall number. As in way, way, way less than 10%.
If the truth be told, I pretty much just “push” comments through, after giving them a super-quick read. I answer a handful…but, am happy to let “the community” weigh in on such heavy duty questions like, “should I Donut farm” or “why did that thing I want, not do that thing I wanted it to do?” Stuff like that.
I mostly answer, if it is short answer, or if it is something directed at me, specifically. That happens a lot, because I do write a lot of opinions, in addition to smatterings of information about the game. Opinions usually open up the flood gates for others to voice their opinions. So, it has to be no surprise to me when they do.
If you respond in a personal way…attacking me as a person, and not just my opinion, you are going to get a slap back. I know the popular term is “clap back.” But, I’m pretty sure that clapping at someone who knows they are being an ass, deserves more of a response than you would give a dog who is about to piddle on the carpet. If you go after me personally…on a site that is about a silly game…you can bet that I will come back hard. And if you continue, I will delete and block you…and likely write you a personal email to let you know I did. That’s the way Dad rolls.
Mom? She just gets snarky…and then gets REALLY snarky…and then, every once in a while, does the “I don’t need this crap in my life,” and threatens to pull the plug. And who could blamer her?
So, here are a handful of comment topics that will get snarked, slapped, and maybe deleted.
Politics. Yes…I dance around this one on occasion. But, know better than to cross the line into actual media commentary. And let’s face it…these days the lines between “News” and “Commentary” are pretty blurred. There are enough places for that. And we’re all pretty much burned out on the state of Government, no matter which side of the insanity you fall on. Alissa and I disagree on much…but remain friends. So there’s no reason I’m going to let someone else blow up that balance. Got it?
Religion. This is right up there with politics, and trust me, there are even fewer “right answers” on this topic than there are with politics. So when the writers decide to stir the proverbial pot, with countless sacrilegious (depending on whose sack you are carrying) story lines, it isn’t going to make Alissa happy.
And looking ahead in the files…I guarantee you, The Sack of Sacrilegious that is headed our way is bigger than the one Santa carries on Christmas.
I look at the Gracie team as being equal-opportunity offenders. And now that they have poked huge fun at Scientology, we are rounding the corner on every possible religion and cult out there. But, trust me…it doesn’t come close to what the guys at South Park did with “Tom Cruise in the Closet.”
Whining about not getting information up soon enough, just isn’t going to win friends anywhere…much less here. We get the info up as soon as humanly possible for people who also have lives (unlike those who seem to have no lives, and plenty of time to whine). Again, Alissa puts up most of the details…I mostly put up opinions. One is very time consuming. The other is just annoying. I get to be annoying.
Acting like we are Part of EA’s support team is just insane. Even EA’s support team is barely part of EA’s support team!! Have you tried to get a straight answer out of them? I suspect they are being paid in farmed donuts. If any of us here at Addicts had our say, we’d DOX the “support leadership.” I suspect most of them are hiding in the suburbs of Redwood City, living off of their ill-gotten donuts and ordering edibles from home delivery “medicinal services.”
Finally….Baseball. Alissa is nuts for baseball…and most especially the Yankees. Trust me…just don’t go there. I’ve tried to point out the vast differences between a PED-guzzling slimebucket like A-Rod, and one of the best players of the modern era, Derek Jeter. One deserves the Hall of Fame, the other a place next to Pete Rose selling autographs in an empty hallway in Vegas. And, as many report, the two barely got along,(see article) while racking up great numbers. Oh. Wait. There I go again. But, you get the picture. Alissa is loyal. And that’s what makes her so endearing.
She is loyal to this game like almost nobody else…even though it may not really deserve it. She hangs in there…believing that “the next update just might be great!” while so many of us know better.
So GIVE US A BREAK (especially Alissa!)!!! Stop whining. Stop trying to play “gotcha!!” with your comments…and stop wondering if your comments get scrubbed if they cross the line. They do. I love nuking…I don’t do it often…but when I do, I smile. And sometimes when I write a “Get A LIFE email,” I chuckle…because when you comment, we have your contact info. Silly you…silly us.
Remember. It’s just a silly game, and not a very compelling one at that. None of it really matters. It’s supposed to be fun. So lighten up. Get over it. Get a life.
Oh…and have a GREAT CHRISTMAS!