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Jan 3 vennominon commented on Savage Love.
Ms Grizelda - The acronyms are not Awards. Wield LMB whenever you feel the urge.

As for voting, my own qualms of conscience that prevented me from voting for Mrs C were the only reason I was able to have conversations with people who had similar qualms about Mr T. In the end, I perhaps assisted half a dozen people to follow their own consciences - two in battleground states. Those in rant mode may scream what they will, but I consider it a net gain.

There were two awards I never got around to using. I shall leave the Urquhart Award to Ms Fan, for those occasions when the best reply to something is, "You might very think so; I couldn't possibly comment." I leave Ms Cute the Bolter Award, named after one of her favourite fictional characters. Ms Cute is also designated as my residuary legatee, with full authority to assume control of anything not specifically left elsewhere.

Had any of those of the bi persuasion wanted Bicentric July, they could have had it. Not everything one throws at the wall sticks; I am content to let that one dissolve into nothingness. As for Homocentric August, of course I have to leave it to my Serial Complimenter (and to NO ONE ELSE), should he ever find his way here to claim it. I may rise from the grave during the month just to check and/or see if my form still holds.

I shall be particularly interested to see whether Mr Savage can succeed in reclaiming the Young from Mr Yiannopoulos. Of late, it has occurred to me that the optimal outcome is for the struggle to be perpetual. Call me Oceania?
Dec 27, 2016 vennominon commented on Savage Love.
Nearing the end. I hope Ms Grizelda has not had to make good use of LMB yet, but that its presence in her arsenal has been of service.

The Gertrude Award is left to Ms Erica, who, at least on the incomplete information presented in this venue, has struck me as the Best Parent among the assembled company.

As Rumpolesplaining seems a bit much for any one member of the assembled company, I shall leave it jointly to all the Australians in memory of Leo McKern.

I may be able to finish in one more post.

As for this week's column, I'd wondered if the Youtube conflagration started by non-binary gay trans woman Riley J Dennis would make it over here. Ms Dennis asks the viewer if one would date someone who's: trans, black, fat or disabled, the bulk of the video being devoted to the trans question. Notable points - she calls requiring a particular set of genitals in a partner "genitalifying", mentions with pride that she would date a woman with a p**** and that she can be attracted to ANY woman with any genitalia, disapproves of how non-straight people often present a particular dislike to certain private parts, confusingly mentions together almost as if they support the same argument that gay conversion therapy doesn't work and that she herself really thought about her own disinclination to date women with the "wrong" parts and got over it, then concludes that the world would be a more welcoming place for everybody if people all got over their prejudices about genitals.

A wide assortment of responses has been posted, some rather good - one in particular examining the date/boink/marry trichotomy, and another especially catching the anti-SS aspects of the message and how it largely constituted an attack on monosexuality. Nobody, alas, did a response using Riley's own points to ask her, "Would you date someone who's male?" or delving into the tricky question of whether it's worse for a lesbian woman not to date trans women or to date trans men. But one cannot have everything.
Dec 17, 2016 vennominon commented on Epic Eric Garland Twitter Thread/Novella/Opus.
Epic manthreading.
Dec 17, 2016 vennominon commented on Savage Love.
Sorry to have missed such a large chunk of time. I spend so much time in December dodging holiday schlock that the month actually speeds by.

Continuing where I left off, the obvious thing would be to leave FTWL to Ms Cute as the creme de la creme, but, in the end, I decided it would do her more good to have the Sartre Award instead. FTWL I think will do extremely well in the hands of Mx Wanna, who perhaps best exemplifies it. As Mx Wanna enjoys going in for non-canonical additions, I recommend sticking close to something like Prime's addition for the film of Miss Mackay's brief turn an an opera critic, "Och, nonsense! Violetta did not expire for love of Alfredo. Violetta was a thoroughly silly woman with diseased lungs. If she'd been properly brought up, she'd have been out on the hockey field, breathing deeply."

Next will be the Gertrude Award, which I also decided - reluctantly - against leaving to Ms Cute (as I recalled her thinking Gertrude's being included only as the Queen in the list of characters made the whole concept rather suspect).
Dec 1, 2016 vennominon commented on Savage Love.
This should be popular. LMB goes to Ms Grizelda, who has suffered enough from her horrible siblings, and who will surely have plenty of opportunities to put it to good use for the next several years. I toyed with the idea of leaving this one elsewhere, but in the end decided that this was the most positive way for LMB to continue.

Next up is FTWL.
Nov 28, 2016 vennominon commented on Savage Love.
As promised, we have HSE next. I leave Holmes-Sun-Earth to Mr Hunter, in part because he would probably try to contest the will and claim something not left to him if he weren't mentioned at all, and in part because he is the logical choice for the office of forgetting information which will do him no good whatsoever. He has the temperament for it, and it could be a win all around here.

Next will be LMB, which may be my most popular bequest.
Nov 25, 2016 vennominon commented on Savage Love.
Mr Ricardo @1 - Given Mr Savage's age, I'm going to guess that he's stretching the boundaries of monogamish. (I was planning to make the point if nobody else did, and looked for it on purpose.)

Resuming the tour, for which I was waiting for a sign , I leave YGG to Ms Cummins, as she seems already to have lived out the Ann Robinson version (it was actually the phrase with which she dismissed RuPaul-in-a-wig-and-dress). This makes her the obvious choice.

To allow those who might be so inclined the opportunity to guess, next bequeathed will be HSE.
Nov 17, 2016 vennominon commented on Savage Love.
I interrupt my Farewell Tour to post a rather delicious idea I had yesterday. It is unlikely that any of the assembled company will recall my first inkling that Mrs C's campaign was tempting karma, which came about in her selection of a particular surrogate with a glittering resume. And it was a glittering resume, full of every honour and prize, except for the greatest one of all.

We are still left to speculate about the identity of the first woman elected. Let us hope that even Mr Miller does not want Mrs C to run again, and Mrs O has wisely declined. But the more I consider the matter, the more I think our surrogate could build herself a nice political resume in about ten years or so, assuming it takes a little time to . And it would be rather delicious to see her gain something to compensate her for her greatest failure. With all that in mind, I advance for the consideration of the assembled company as president-elect of 2028: Michelle Kwan.
Nov 15, 2016 vennominon commented on Savage Love.
[preface - if I'm offending anyone, I'm not aware, and it isn't intentional; I've only skimmed a few comments]

Might as well start with one of the biggies. Not Homocentric August, which is not yet decided (though I advise Mr Hunter against vain hopes).

I leave Austensplaining to Ms Ods - a recent Austen reader, who can presumably be trusted to keep Ms Cute in a good humour with whatever references are necessary to Henry Tilney. Perhaps she will be able to do more justice than I have done to some characters I feel I have neglected - Lady Russell and Admiral Croft, Sir William Lucas and Kitty Bennet, Julia Bertram and Dr Grant, Robert Ferrars and Mrs Palmer, Mrs Thorpe and Captain Tilney, Robert Martin and Mrs Weston, the Johnsons.
Nov 8, 2016 vennominon commented on Savage Love.
I don't feel up to seeing if anyone has said anything in answer to my last; besides, this may make a difference. In the interest of full disclosure, I have voted, and not for Mrs C (nor for Mr T, but I doubt it matters; this appears sufficient for excommunication). As a courtesy to Team LBT and Team F, I did make a serious re-examination, but I just couldn't.

After a pause for reflection which may last some little time, I shall have a small series of farewell exchanges (unless everyone with whom I'd like to part on good terms has already decided to shun me) and be gone before the new administration. To try to make it entertaining, I intend to draw up a will of sorts and bequeath some of my recognized phrases to those who might carry on the tradition with honour.