[Boatanchors] Apology and eating crow

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Sat Jan 22 13:16:33 EST 2011

Michael is one of the best hams I've ever known.

Glad to see he's still participating!!

73 to you, Doc, and to Michael too!

Bry, AF4K

On Sat Jan 22nd, 2011 12:42 PM EST doc at kd4e.com wrote:

>I didn't notice anything unusual, though sometimes we play a little
>rough on some of the lists, most don't take it personally as everyone
>has a rough day and lets off steam now and then.
>It takes a big man to fess-up and ask forgiveness, so kudos to you
>my friend!
>It has been a couple of decades since I visited Hawaii, it was
>interesting but not a place I would choose to live, largely due to
>some of the factors you mentioned.
>You are carrying some personal loads that would crush other men;
>stay the course and please continue to bless us with your unique
>technical knowledge and your most-usual words of encouragement!
>73, doc
>> I would like to apologize to everyone for my behavior a few months ago.
>> It was reprehensible and shameful, and I am truly sorry.  There was and
>> is no excuse for it.
>> By way of explanation but not excuse, basically it was a meltdown that
>> started in arc5 & milsurplus on qth.net and ended a month or two later
>> in boatanchors on the same list server.  Between my own psychiatric and
>> physical issues and Noelle’s, I’ve been under an ever increasing amount
>> of pressure with no relief except seeing my therapist but I haven’t had
>> that luxury except rarely due to scheduling issues.  Two things have
>> happened since.  First, my shrink changed my med load which seems to be
>> helping some and some progress is finally being made vis-à-vis my leg.
>> I have to admit that the word “amputate”, which the doctors involved
>> have been bandying about doesn’t set well but it is at least something
>> and it’s better than nothing.
>> Something I shall continue to do is take shots at Hawaii.  Part of the
>> local culture is to laugh at ourselves.  It’s like me calling myself a
>> lolo haole except at a wider level.  As far as literacy goes, we have
>> one of the worst educational systems in the country (2nd or 3rd, as I
>> recall) and probably the most useless Department of Education anywhere.
>> Our government actively discourages new business here, depending on
>> tourism (and taxing tourists in ever increasing increments while doing
>> so) and the military to supply the state’s income.  Add in a population
>> that’s small and primarily service oriented and there’s little basis for
>> any sort of a tech base.
>> In a nutshell, that’s Hawaii.  And I’m going to continue to take shots
>> at it because I live here and it’s part of the culture.  And I’ll
>> continue to portray myself as a “grass shack living tree-climber” with
>> the intellect of a gnat because that is Hawaii as well.  And I’ll be
>> sitting here grinning like an idiot all the while, hoping people will
>> laugh along with me.
>> Now, I’ve never been much of a contributor anywhere.  A raiser of
>> questions and a misunderstander of answers, yes.  Contributor, not so
>> much.  This has historically been true in these three lists and was in
>> the three previously mentioned.  (In point of fact, if anyone were to
>> mention my name in any of the previously mentioned ones, the response
>> would be, “Who?”)  Since I haven’t suddenly grown an IQ, I doubt this
>> will change a lot, especially with the amped up med load.  But I shall
>> try very, very hard to behave in a far more civilized manner and hope
>> someone will head me off if I start drifting again.
>> Again, my deepest and most humble apologies for my behavior.
>> A revised copy of this will be going to a small group via private email
>> as well.
>> Mahalo nui loa for your attention.
>> Best regards,
>> Michael, WH7HG BL01xh
>> http://www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/NTH/index.aspx
>> http://wh7hg.blogspot.com/
>> http://kludges-other-blog.blogspot.com
>> <http://kludges-other-blog.blogspot.com/>
>> Hiki Nô!
>Thanks! & 73, KD4E
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