Eric from Boulder
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Mar 8 Eric from Boulder commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Twenty-Something Ways for a Twenty-Something to Come Out.
@1: If it were a male LW with the problem, you could go with: "Just slip it in the back, Jack; make out with a boy, Roy; drop a big hint, Clint...."
Feb 25 Eric from Boulder commented on Why Moonlight Needs to Win Big at the Oscars on Sunday.
Seriously, Raindrop, "SJW"? I know that you're quite a ways to the right from me, but I think of that term as something used by a rightwing manchild. You seemed more grown up to me than that. Wildly misguided on occasion, but not childish.
Feb 22 Eric from Boulder commented on A United Kingdom Is an Excellent Story of the Tension Between Economic Prosperity and Interracial Love.
Your posts are always interesting, Charles, but when you write about your family, or your past, your work is particularly lyrical, in a way I often find moving. Beyond that, I've often wondered, what is it that Botswana got right, that Zimbabwe and Nigeria got so wrong? Is it just historical contingency? the right, or the wrong, man at the right or wrong time? I'll admit, I've never heard of "kgotla", but I'm intrigued.
Aug 24, 2016 Eric from Boulder commented on Eat Shit, Hope Solo.
Her comment was super unclassy but it's hard for me to imagine a male athlete getting a six-month suspension for what amounts basically just to garden-variety trash talking -- not racist, not sexist, not violent, just your basic run-of-the-mill sour grapes. Her comment hurt no one but herself.
Aug 15, 2016 Eric from Boulder commented on What Do You Know: Millennial Voters Flocking to Clinton.
@13: "your conscience is what keeps you from doing things that feel good to you but hurt other people". Dang, Urgutha, that friend of yours has a way with words.
Jul 23, 2016 Eric from Boulder commented on Hillary Clinton Announces Running Mate.
Corydon @48: "you can't be a pro-choice catholic." You provided an excellent theological argument in favor of your assertion, but as a matter of empirical fact, your assertion is incorrect. I'm thinking you don't know very many Catholics? This country is awash in pro-choice Catholics, and as for birth control, it's not that easy to find a "private citizen" catholic (I'm not talking about clergy or nuns or professional TV talking-head Catholics) who is anti-birth control. In the last two presidential elections, US Catholics voted democratic. Maybe by your standards those weren't "real" Catholics. But they were real voters!
Jun 22, 2016 Eric from Boulder commented on Savage Love.
Years ago I worked with a guy who answered to "Spike." (Hi, Spike!)
He gave us to understand that there was some goofy/embarrassing story
behind it, which he didn't want to get into, but that the handle had stuck. We all said "Fine, Spike." Dcp was not a member of our working group, which was good, for many reasons.
Apr 7, 2016 Eric from Boulder commented on I, Anonymous.
"and I hope your kindness comes back to you."
I hope that, too.
Many times in my life I've benefitted from kindness, although I don't actually think those acts of kindness happened _because_ I had been kind to someone in the past. One way or another, I've never regretted being kind to someone. (On a few occasions, I've regretted being cruel.)
Apr 6, 2016 Eric from Boulder commented on Calvin Trillin's Nostalgia for a White Planet.
I just got here, but I see that in commenting, I'm just piling on. All the same: Geez, Rich. If you think "fret" is an arcane term, you should probably apply your future textual analyses only to pieces that appear in USA Today, or maybe to the transcripts of Sarah Palin's speeches. Reading Calvin Trillin, you are in pretty far over your head.