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Not Gonna Do It, Wouldn’t Be Prudent

September 16, 2010

First, I need to say I was wrong.  Dammit.  I hate being wrong.  But at least on those rare occasions when I am actually wrong, I own up to it.

Mirdreams had a different reading of the SunnyD Official Rules, and looking back over them in the bright light of day, I realized I was wrong.  Perhaps it was wishful thinking on my part that I could have my cake and eat it too.  But thank goodness I didn’t send that note.

In this case, and in many others, goodness comes in the form of Mrs. Fussy.

She’s like my Jiminy Cricket, and reminds me to stay on the right path.  After all, the FUSSYlittleBLOG wasn’t created for me to just vent my spleen about things that tick me off about food.  The idea was, and still is, to help change people’s mind about what it means for something to be good.  But if I’m just an a-hole, I’m not going to be effective.

This isn’t censorship per se, because I occasionally don’t listen to the things Mrs. Fussy suggests.  She’s a good bit more sensitive that I am, while I’m pretty unflappable.  But when she told me the letter I wrote late last night, “really does not come off well” I decided not to send it.

And you are not going to see it either.

Here’s the thing.  I’m not just some anonymous Internet avatar.  I write under my real name in a town that is socially quite small.  This has its pros and its cons.

The upside is that hopefully my food reviews and criticisms have a bit more credibility.  After all, I am putting my name on the line.  But the flip side is that anything I say in this very public and persistent forum can come back and bite me in the ass.  And it has.  Both in the form of hate mail and awkward social moments.  I imagine neither of these things will go away anytime soon.

And that’s fine.  Doing what I do, it’s part of the deal.

So while I would love to share with you all every single little fussy rant about every little small thing that drives me crazy, I’m not going to do it.  And while at times I think it would be a good idea to tear into people who promote some other kind of world view in regards to food, you won’t see it on the FLB.  It wouldn’t be prudent.

Regrettably the note that I wrote to Young Master Fussy’s teacher (which I still really don’t think is that bad at all) is going to go in the shredder.

Hopefully you will understand.

While I’m reminded of the adage that evil exists only when good people do nothing, I may have to wait until Little Miss Fussy is in school herself before attempting to tackle a project like food education programs for young children.  It’s a great idea.  Clearly there is a lot of work to be done.  I just don’t think I can take it on right now.

Uncensored Daniel comes out at parties.  Somehow I was born without a very good filter between my brain and my mouth, and have a tendency to speak my mind.  So if you ever want to have the full fussy experience, you know where to send the invitation.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. mirdreams permalink
    September 16, 2010 12:00 pm

    Don’t feel bad, reading contracts is part of my job. The lawyers don’t make it easy to make sense of those things, both because to do so would put them out of a job and because to phrase something very precisely so that multiple interpretations are excluded takes a lot of work and bends the language beyond the everyday.

  2. joni permalink
    September 16, 2010 2:37 pm

    Be happy to hook you up w my friend Cindy Gifford who chairs the Healthy Kids nutrition program at Clarksville. Program is in Bethlehem schools. Not sure about Albany schools.

  3. Ellen Whitby permalink
    September 16, 2010 11:54 pm

    You see, there’s value to an alias.

    Is it true? Do you have socially awkward moments? Really?

    (Liberty Ridge!!)

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