Don't get me wrong: I am guilty of Internet trolling. I was 18 when AOL was in its full glory, and I learned the careful art of driving people nuts by egging them on. I was young, it was entertaining, and I'm being honest. After a while, I started to blur the line between me being able to deliver a perfect zing and me actually being right about anything.
Put more simply, having a cool Internet persona doesn't really mean your positions have any merit. Plus, the general (but often only supposed) anonymity of the Internet has us saying online what we would never say across a dinner table in front of friends and family. I really don't know if that's a good or bad thing. Perhaps it's societal advance or at least cathartic that we can lash out at our fellow citizen with vitriol that would leave us embarrassed if known to those whose respect we cherish.
I suggest that you take your blog off of the internet. Your scam is becoming quite apparent to any real cruiser out there. You don't know shit. Go back to trying to blaming everyone else for your mistakes and trying to find someone else to pay your way.
So it is to you, anonymous mad person on the Internet, that I direct this particular post. I, unlike you, have a face and a name, and have to reconcile anything I type or say with the real world. My life for better or worse is fairly open and up for public opinion. I don't blame anyone for this of course, as no one put a gun to my head and made me maintain a blog or participate in social media.
And I can't judge you too harshly: I've been that guy. Partially stealing from Tom Corchrane, I've thrown so much shit around "...there ain't a shovel big enough in the world that can move it."
You're a fucking moron. I hope that you learn from your mistakes. But you probably didn't. Because you're a selfish, arrogant cunt.
I must however admit that I usually confined my trash talking to low grade degenerate cess pools on the Internet. It never occurred to me to directly contact someone and wish them ill, but perhaps I simply wasn't committing myself to incivility as much as I could have. My teachers in grade school were right: I just haven't been applying myself enough.
You two should be thrown in jail for child endangerment!
The silver lining to all of the spittle flying out of gnashing teeth is that I've learned to truly handle it. I've actually read every single email and comment that has ever been sent or posted to this site. Ignoring the frothing vitriol was actually easy: no matter how much self doubt or second guessing I subject myself to, I'm pretty sure I can claim the moral and intellectual high ground over someone who is rooting for my whole family to die.
I hope you 4 dumb fucks all DROWN!!!
In the end, what's kept my head sane is actually exposing myself to all of the e-thuggery. Let me be really honest: I have some amazing friends. Parents, trans oceanic cruisers, trans oceanic commercial captains, medical professionals, diy anything guys, marine engineers, electrical engineers, software engineers, business leaders, and many who are are in multiple categories.
When those guys sit me down and have a talk, I listen. When you send an email or type some comments on the little box, I chuckle. The thing is, it's entirely possible you're totally right, but I would be dumber than you think I am if I actually evaluated anything you said. I mean really, if I just started grabbing random anonymous people off the street and had them scribble down some theories about you, how would you react? Perhaps with thoughtful consideration? Or maybe some deep introspection. No, you'd roll a spliff from it and pass it around at a dinner party.
So really, I am sorry you're so upset. One of us is spending time reading about the other, and I'm not reading about you, so you can guess who's on what end of the equation.
If it makes you feel better to defecate on my e-persona, go right ahead. If you feel like you are warning people about how [insert your favorite derogatory adjective] I am, the comment box is there waiting for you to elucidate all of us.
Also, it is true that we delete some comments. Charlotte and I go back and forth on this because we're paying for this site, and it does seem a little weird to cough up money to host someone's trash talk. We read them all regardless, so rest assured that even if deleted it will be read by us and probably a few hundred people before it gets taken down.