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January 2nd, 2005
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Starting the year off right
Actual, verbatim exchange.

From: S-------- <l-------@yahoo.com>
To: Draconity FAQ maintainer <me>
Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2005 16:38:41

So what do you first say when you meet a person, "Hi! I'm Baxil the dragon!"? You are fucking crazy. I hope you go to hell and die, but you probably don't believe in hell since you believe that you lived in a past life. I hope you fucking die a horrible painful death in each of your "lives" Are you sure you're not a fucking cat? Loser. Die.

From: TBR <me>
To: S--------- <l--------@yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2005 16:56:42

I'm glad I could give you a chance to get that out of your system.

Happy new year!

From: S-------- <l-------@yahoo.com>
To: TBR <me>
Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2005 18:40:57

thank you. happy new year.

Current Mood: amusedVastly amused
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From:elynne
Date:January 2nd, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Score (another) one for the dragon! ;)
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From:thefirethorn
Date:January 2nd, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
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So what do you first say when you meet a person, "Hi! I'm S---------------- <l----------- the fucking crazy! My parents didn't teach me any manners!!"? wow, the internet is full of strange people. But your answer -- it's like a parable to fit the biblical saying "A soft answer turns away wrath." Bravo!
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From:kistaro
Date:January 2nd, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC)
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I can't be the only one getting a beautiful, poetic, "deer-in-the-headlights" vibe from the final message. "That wasn't the reaction I was hoping for at all..."

Needless to say, I am rather amused.
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From:nicked_metal
Date:January 3rd, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
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Yes!

The best revenge is to make these people feel stupid :) Go Baxil!
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From:baxil
Date:January 4th, 2005 05:23 am (UTC)
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I'm definitely amused as well. I do have to say I agree with you -- the third response says a whole lot more about the troller than it does about me.
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From:mithent
Date:January 2nd, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
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Indeed, I like S--------'s final reaction.. seems that being polite and pleasant can definitely work against that kind of thing.
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From:gloriajn
Date:January 2nd, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
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Wow. Just wow.
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From:xiphias
Date:January 2nd, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
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That's something to aspire to. You're my new hero.
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From:baxil
Date:January 3rd, 2005 09:51 am (UTC)
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Not sure how heroic that actually was, but hey, I guess I can afford to be a Short Duration Personal Savior once in a while. :)
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From:frameacloud
Date:January 2nd, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC)

smile, it confuses them

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In legends around the world, there's a personality archetype, a particular subvariety of what's usually called a Fool or Simpleton (but only so-called by those who have not observed xir efficience.) In incidences involving large dangerous monsters, where a Warrior archetype would fight, and where a Trickster (sometimes) would use sneaky cunning, this archetype incapacitates those who would defeat him by being an oasis of peace, acceptance, and friendliness, and so confuses them into submission and/or friendliness.

In India he is the one who greets the bloodthirsty rakshasa by cheerily saying, "Hello, uncle! Would you like some tea?" and the monster, puzzled by this nephew he doesn't recognize, but not daring to eat a possible relative, sits down and has some tea with him. He does the same when meeting a giantess in the Pacific Northwestern native stories. He is in the German "Boy Who Knew No Fear," and in the Russian "Fool and the Flying Ship," and so on. The ghost howls at him in an attempt to disturb him, and he happily gives the ghost lessons on how to use its diaphragm properly and applauds its progress. The evil king and the homocidal sea-creature are unsure of how to deal with him, since he's never fazed by anything, no matter how weird or dangerous it is. He goes with the flow, and is equally friendly to the bright-eyed princess and to the axe-wielding hunchback, and for lack of what else to do, they are friendly in return. His way of interacting with the world seems to have less to do with innocence or ignorance and rather more to do with Zen.

I used to think this archetype was used in legends because its improbability was what made it entertaining; that it was not a personality that could be maintained in real life. But then, I admit there was a little time when I thought dragons were imaginary too... but there they both are. :)

Thank you, Baxil. You are always an inspiration, even in the simplest ways.
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From:baxil
Date:January 4th, 2005 06:02 am (UTC)

Re: smile, it confuses them

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I think I feel more humbled at this response than you did at my actions.

I figured the exchange showed much more about my correspondent than it did about me. Glad I could be a ShorDurPerSav, though.
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From:mr_silvers
Date:January 2nd, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC)
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O.o
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From:kaijugirl
Date:January 2nd, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC)
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That's awesome! XD I agree... very inspiring. ^_^
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 3rd, 2005 10:49 am (UTC)
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Kalé Khroniá!
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From:baxil
Date:January 4th, 2005 05:26 am (UTC)
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Eyxaristo!
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 4th, 2005 06:24 am (UTC)
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Or, as the text on the receipt when I eat at Niko Niko's puts it,

EUXAPISTW ME UYEIA
THANK YOU AND GOOD HEALTH

I like to jokingly translate EUXAPISTW ME UYEIA as "Eucharist mit Hygeia".
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 3rd, 2005 10:50 am (UTC)
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(too sleepy to handle Unicode right now, else I would've typed that in actual Greek letters.)
From:violetvixen
Date:January 3rd, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
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What the HELL? *pulls out hair*

people seriously need to chill out.
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From:cloakable
Date:January 31st, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
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I must remember this response.

Never had such an email, but you never know :)
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