Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Retraction

On Monday I wrote a post about strange events, one involving me being stalked through Walmart by a gentleman I classified as "mentally disabled." After receiving an email yesterday from an upset reader, it has come to my attention that I should probably clarify the situation.

It was never my intent to offend or belittle the handicapped. I'm sorry if I upset anyone else. Over the years I have done extensive work as an aid for the mentally challenged. So I know how difficult closed mindedness can be for them and their cause. The man that was following me on Saturday was not handicapped in the way you might have imagined him. He was very obviously disabled, mentally. But not in a necessarily harmless way. He was a large gentleman, 40ish, alone (as was I) and the way he was following was not OK. He did not have the friendly/kind intentions of say... someone who has downs. He was not shy in the way autistic people are usually classified. He was disturbed, and it showed.

As I mentioned to the upset reader, "Most of the things I blog are meant to be in good fun. It's humor. I'd be lying if I didn't say I expected someone to take offense at some point. I am surprised it was on this issue though, since most of my jokes concern men, religion, politics and vibrators. Well... I didn't really expect the vibrators to complain."

To prove I don't play favorites among all my other taboo topics:
(Have some tomatoes)

Religion and Politics
Religion and Politics 2
Men
Men 2
Vibrators

Thank you
Folioweekly for providing the blog fodder.

I Saw You:

WALKING AT WALMART. You: Squinty-eyed punk with sidekick. Me: Sexy goddess with annoying Conor Oberst-loving friend screaming Bright Eyes who almost got squished from staring at your amazing fine tooshie. I'd tap that! Some English teacher once told her she should be more descriptive.

PALM VALLEY. You: Golf goddess, great swing, great other stuff. Me: Black man, no hair, 5'2" and 280 lbs. I love to race hamsters but for you I would take up golf. Will you teach me?
Hamsters?! And at 5'2" weighing 280lbs what the hell were you even doing at a golf course, playing target?

Men Seeking Men:

HIRSUTE MAN. Mature, gay white man looking for hirsute gay white man who needs frequent brushings and rubs.
Hirsute: Covered with hair. I really don't need to say anything more. But I think it's good to mention, I first thought hirsute meant "pretending to be a horse."

Women Seeking Men:

SINGLE, FUN BEAUTY. Tall, older, successful, non-smoking, non-racist or discriminating man sick of games. Into all kinds of activities (white water rafting, hiking, sailing, traveling). Non-racist, yet she specifically mentions white water rafting? What about the other kinds of rafting huh? Water bigot. Stop talking in code. We know what you're all about.

I NEED LOVE. Woman seeking a young and attractive man, teeth optional. Hot, older woman needing love in all the right places. A little flabby in some areas, but I'm still hot to trot. Teeth optional. Honey, you need to come by my house. It would be like discount day at Rednecks R' Us.

Daily Hoop Conversation:
Tink: What time are you leaving in the morning?
Hoop: About 6 or 7 o'clock.
Tink: And it takes 11 hours to get home?
Hoop: Well, I can make it in 10.
Tink: Hoop, promise me you won't fly.
Hoop: *Spoken as if to a child* No silly. My car CANT fly!

Tink: *Bursts out laughing* I miss you.
Hoop: I miss you more.

Days Til Hoops Back: 1 (He's coming in tonight!)

24 Comments:

At 23 August, 2006, Blogger Chelle Y. said...

I'll say it again, you and Hoop are so cute!

I had a feeling you might get "hate mail" after your post about that man following you. I understood what you meant! :)

You're too nice to offend anyone. I just cannot imagine you making fun of anyone to be cruel.

 
At 23 August, 2006, Blogger Newt said...

Well, Florida will be rock'n tonight! So a little bit ahead of the weekend word challenge how about a challenge of a different sort: see if you can get your reunion to register on the local seismograph!

 
At 23 August, 2006, Blogger Mike Y said...

Tink, you're awesome. Sorry someone got offended, but give me a break. You are the least offensive person I know. Man! I'm hot now.

Okay... I'm chilled again.

I had no idea what hirsute was either. The general thought sort of triggered that gag reflex. But then the thought of very hairy and all that... I'm up-chucking.

And the 5'2 280lb man as a target. LMAO! Seems like he should try bowling, instead.

And I'm so happy for you to be getting Hoop back tonight. Heck after 10 days, he may even let you take your vibe to him ;)

Have a great day!!!

 
At 23 August, 2006, Blogger Mignon said...

I'm not sure what was offensive about using a PC phrase to describe an individual following you through a store. Sheesh. I just wish someone would come along and take offense with something I said so that I could do a little cybershrug and say So Whatever!

You're very nice to explain/apologize, but I don't think it was necessary. Someone was just looking for a way to be critical or oversensitive.

 
At 23 August, 2006, Blogger Jay said...

I too was wondering if you would get any "I'm offended" mail for yesterday's post. It's ok. I think people most familiar with your blog knew exactly what you were talking about.

It's kinda funny though that you haven't had any other mail like that. I haven't had any hate mail or "I'm offended" mail either. I have gone out of my way to try to offend some people. LOL

I mean really, if the term "casket nappers" didn't elicit me any hate mail I don't know if anything will.

 
At 23 August, 2006, Blogger EE said...

You know what?! That irks me that you got 'upset' mail. This is your blog. You write about what ever the hell it is that you want. If it offends some people, those people should either be able to look past it or just don't read it and go somewhere else! That just annoys me. Grrrr.......

Anyways. I ALWAYS crack up at those Folioweekly things. The Palm Valley one really kind of creeps me out...a grown man talking about hamsters in general FREAKS me out, much less tha the races them... Races them, umm, where?!?!? LOL

Tink, we all love ya, keep it up sweetie! :)

 
At 23 August, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

Folioweekly - so funny, yet so absolutely terrifying...

So, with Hoop arriving home tonight, we won't be hearing from you for a few days?! ;)

 
At 23 August, 2006, Blogger Mary said...

I bet he'll fly home anyways Tink. BY flapping his arms.

Glad he's coming home tonight!!

 
At 23 August, 2006, Blogger graymama said...

Tink,
You are the SWEETEST!

As a woman who has dealt with her own visual impairment, my sister's schizophrenia, and then worked as a special ed teacher, I was not offended by your post. I knew that you meant no harm. As was already stated, this is your blog, and you have the right to talk about whatever you want however you want. You can't make everyone happy all of the time. Also, look how popular you are getting! Only the most popular bloggers get lovers and haters :-)

Have fun with Hoop! Maybe your SIMS life will come true. Be careful :-P

 
At 23 August, 2006, Blogger Tink said...

2 1/2 more hours (or so) until Hoop's home!! Should I give him a chance to eat dinner before I maul him? Which is more important? LOL.

Graymama: >>Maybe your SIMS life will come true. Be careful :-P<< *Gasp* Hold your tongue! You'll jinx me. ;)

Chris: >>So, with Hoop arriving home tonight, we won't be hearing from you for a few days?!<< Unfortunately I still have to WORK. So since I'll be away from the bedroom, er... house anyway.

EE: >>Races them, umm, where?!?!?<< In his yard? I'm guessing his house is filled with hamster tubes too. hehe

To everyone: MUAH. Have I told you how much I love you lately?

 
At 23 August, 2006, Blogger Foo said...

Crap. Now that I've popped up the window, I can't remember what I was going to say.

However...

WV: "xtcfagh". *snort* Yeah...

How random do you figure these things are, anyway?

 
At 23 August, 2006, Anonymous mamatulip said...

Tink, you always impress me. You handled the upset reader with grace and class.

You rock.

 
At 23 August, 2006, Blogger Melissa said...

You are so damn cute. LOL

 
At 23 August, 2006, Blogger Arabella said...

Tink, you are the LEAST offensive poster ever.

Well, except maybe for the creamed corn cum. But that was extremely creative, so it's ok.

Happy Tink and Hoop Reunion!

 
At 23 August, 2006, Anonymous TB said...

I hate when people take stuff like that too seriously. My sister is mentally disabled and I didn't take offense to what you said. In fact, Jeff and I call each other "retarded" way too often and need to strike it from the vocab what with a little one coming.
Damn, I think I'm going to have to strike about half the words I normally use. Shit.

 
At 23 August, 2006, Blogger Pamer said...

Hoop must be home by now...If I was him I wouldn't want the dinner...i'd want the complete mauling

 
At 23 August, 2006, Blogger Mignon said...

What's MUAH? All I can come up with is Much Ululation And Hugs. Am I close?

 
At 23 August, 2006, Blogger Pix said...

HEY! I'M OFFENDED!!! I ONLY LAUGHED HISTERICALLY FIVE TIMES DURING THE READING OF THIS POST! YOU SUCK!

*wink*

 
At 23 August, 2006, Blogger Jess Riley said...

I have to agree with everybody above; you rock! And you handled the situation with tact and class.

Enjoy your Hoop reunion!!

PS: thanks again for sharing the Folioweekly highlights. As always, hilarious stuff.

 
At 23 August, 2006, Blogger Peevish said...

Yay Hoop!!

 
At 24 August, 2006, Blogger F&W said...

I can't decide what's cooler. You post or the comments your readers have left about it. They've said what I wanted to say and more so...

Happy Hoop time, baby! ;)

 
At 24 August, 2006, Blogger Tink said...

Foo: LOL! "xtcfagh" It took me a second. It's WV like those that make me wonder if they're really all that random.

Mignon: "MUAH" is the sound you make when giving a big kiss. But I'll give you 10 points for the creative effort.

Pix: Where you been?! After a month I thought you'd left us.

 
At 24 August, 2006, Blogger mrspao said...

I feel it is going to be quite steamy in Florida tonight :)

 
At 25 August, 2006, Blogger FA said...

I'm a little jealous of your Folioweekly. If only such classic journalism could be found here. sigh.

 

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