Monday, November 23, 2009

The New Header

Is a book. I know it's a book. I just don't know which one, and I have to wait a month to find out. It's a holiday gift-for me, from Jay-that I found in the closet. (We are partial to plain brown wrapping around here.)

The quote below it comes from my first truly negative, directed at me, comment. For whatever reason, I don't get many negative comments around here. Maybe it's because I shy away from talking about anything too controversial, but I would like to think it's because the blog circles I travel in are filled with well mannered folk. If I say something that someone disagrees with, they'll either politely state their disagreement, or just move on.

I learned something this weekend: I don't mind the occasional negative comment. It livens things up a bit.

If you want to read the comment I'm referencing, it's at the end of this post, as is my response. I don't think I'll be making it a point to respond to nasty comments (who has that kind of time?) but I felt the need to do so with this particular one because I take my honesty very seriously. I think anyone who has read this blog for more than five minutes is aware that I will tell the truth to the point of embarrassing myself. Now bitter? Yes, I'm bitter. But the reasons for that are innumerable.

25 comments:

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Having just read your response to the twit who gave her negative comments - You Go Tammie.

It was a perfect retort as well as polite, honest and to the point. Which is why all of like Irregular Tammie to begin with.

Love the new header!

Tammie said...

thanks peggy. :)

there is a tone to her comment that makes me question if she is who she truly claims to be.

alisha said...

yes tammie, for someone who chooses to no long affiliate herself with the organization, she/he seems quite defensive. oh well. i wish people were more open-minded when it came to trying to understand others' opinions about religion. i guess that's why it's one of those things you're not supposed to talk about :p

Tammie said...

yeah, i guess so.

and that was my take on it too.

Shalet said...

Well I like your new header you bitter and dishonest person.

I wonder what book it is ...

R.H. Ducky said...

love the new header! i plan on getting around to customizing mine one day. procrastination in the best.

as far as your response to the negative comment, i say bravo. you handled that far better than i would have. i'm sure i would have resorted to name-calling and profanity...i'm just an immature heathen in that sense i suppose.

Not Hannah said...

Love the new header.

As far as the commenter...can I just say that I am DYING to know the supernatural smurf experience she had? Is that wrong?

Tammie said...

thank everyone for all the header love!

shalet: im curious too. i'll let you know when i find out. ;)

ducky: there is always a little part of me that wants to act that way too.

not hannah: i know right?! im curious too.

Karen said...

Yikes. It freaks me out that there are people who in all seriousness sling around terms like "heathen." You handled that very smoothly, Tammie.

Daphne said...

love the new header, and love your comment to the ranting poster (who at least was not 'anonymous'). I am SO CURIOUS about these possessed smurfs. I actually seem to recall some sort of mystical smurf urban legend now... but I'd love to know the 'real' story...

Tammie said...

thanks. upon further inspection, i wish i had ironed my clothes before taking the header picture but whatever. im keepin' it real.

i saw Smurfs at Target the other day. maybe i should buy one and find out what all the fuss is about. ;)

Penny said...

I love a good religious debate! I consider myself Atheist but I try to be respectful of others beliefs but...bad mojo from a Smurf? Are you freaking kidding me? It is ridiculous.

I think your response was honest and respectful, I too like a good debate!

Hotch Potchery said...

Ha ha! I could MAYBE take her seriously until the haunted smurfs. People are so ridiculous. I haven't really gotten negative stuff either---knock on wood!

melissa s. said...

Tammie, you crack me up. I love the banner and banter, both. I'm off to search ebay for vintage smurfs...

Your pal in heathenism,
Mel

Not Your Aunt B said...

I like you. I don't know why anyone would leave a negative comment. I like your response too. And the nail polish in the photo! Cute!

Lia said...

That whole exchange was so damn funny. And I love Daphne's "Yay for heathens!" at the very end.

When I was in elementary school there was a supposed "gang" that called themselves the Smurfs. They would call schools with bomb threats. It was scary because I was like 7, but we would get to go home early while they searched the school. I think it was some bratty teens causing a ruckus.

And I love the new header, too.

earthmama said...

PERFECTO! I LOVE IT, Ms. Bitter and dishonest. Har har har! Don't forget to tell us what you got!

<3 ,
earthmama

Barefoot_Mommy said...

Your header is really awesome. I love that you took her "insult" and put it up there too. *laughs* I hope you got a good book. I love books for gifts.

I thought you handled yourself really well, I would have had to walk away and give myself some time before I could respond with so much couth. It's probably better that you did though because it ended it there and then whereas ranting back at her would more than likely have only encouraged her.

I'm kind of curious too. Me thinks she doth protest too much! *winks*

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I like the new header. And I've been googling jehovah's witness smurf stories and LMAO. That is GOOD STUFF!!!

hester said...

Wow! This is so interesting. Like everyone else, I loved your levelheaded and elegant reply. We love your honesty too - combined with your sense of humour, it makes for a great read.

And I, also, love your new header. Did Jay write that on it tongue in cheek to indicate it was a present wrapped for you and then did you find it or did you write it especially for the blog? (Yep...I'm a nosy girl. Sorry).

Tammie said...

barefoot: i did have to walk away for a few moments. and i had the urge to say more in my comment but held back. it would have been pointless anyway. knowing from experience that mindset, she would have just viewed it as religious persecution.

hester: jay wrote that. :) i thought it was cute.

Mari said...

Hi, my little heathen, smurf-lovin' friend, very funny, thanks for the laugh! Who's calling whom bitter? Anyway, guess we don't have all the nuts in Utah after all!

Betts said...

I got a negative comment once, and it bothered me even though Sweetie said I was making too much of it. A few days later, she left another comment on the same post and said she was just in a bad mood.

Dani said...

Heathens rule.

victoria said...

It seems quite arrogant for someone to break your story down into percentages. It's fortunate she wasn't forced to go through the same situation and that her story is 70% different.

Funny ... over the weekend I was in an antique shop and smiled at a shelf of "antique" smurfs. They totally reminded me of your story!