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Forum topic by Betsy posted 06-27-2008 01:21 AM 2576 views 0 times favorited 77 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2008 01:21 AM

So perhaps the latest flap over a joke—- which I took as a joke—- is the time to suggest another category for the forum. “Jokes, etc.” This part would be for all those things that we each think is funny, outside of the Coffee Lounge. Then each LJ would be able to post their jokes and the other LJs would be able to read or not to read. That way if there is any chance that someone makes a joke about me, my minority status, my size, the size of my particular endowments, my singlehood, where I shop, what I eat, my choice of state in which I live, my profession, etc. be it George Carlin style or Jay Leno style, they can do so knowing that I won’t be offended. Then those who would like to read it can and get a good laugh at my expense and those who don’t want to take a chance at being offended can avoid the whole thing.

The responses then would be,,,,, LOL, LMAO, :-) or boo that was bad, instead of any political, religious or sensitivity issues being a problem. Any such responses would be banned——if you don’t like the joke don’t respond. If you like the joke – respond.

This leaves the coffee lounge for things like the story about that pesky squirrel that found its way into my bedroom, or the funny thing your dog did, or heaven forbid the weather. (yeah – it’s really hot here.)

Not sure if this is possible or if it would take up too much bandwidth. But I’m thinking that it may help solve hurt feelings along the way and keep the focus on woodworking.

Just my 2 cents—- spend it wisely.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 06-27-2008 02:03 AM


Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t even need to make this suggestion.

What has happened to everyone’s sense of humor? Are we that narrow minded and insecure about ourselves that we need to lash out at every opportunity to point out how someone has, once again, wronged another group.

Ow!, fell of my soap box.

Yes, sign me up for the joke category.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 06-27-2008 02:05 AM

I’m sorry Betsy, but I just don’t have enough time to make jokes about you or your minority status or your size or your endowments or your marital status or where you shop or what you eat or where you live or what you do for a living. I’m sure that my inability to makes jokes at your expense is a disappointment to you just as it is to me, but it’s a burden we all must live with. I’m not perfect. So I guess you’ll just have to make your own jokes about you or your minority status or your size or your endowments or your marital status or where you shop or what you eat or where you live or what you do for a living. I just can’t.

And now that I’ve removed my tongue from my cheek, let me say that I always thought the coffee lounge was for the place for non-woodworking topics, including jokes.

As for me, I’ll take my 2 cents plain. (That’s a joke for some of us older folks).

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 06-27-2008 02:21 AM

I like the idea in principle, Betsy, but I’m willing to bet that even if you called it “enter at your own risk” some folks would still make a flap if something rubbed them the wrong way.

By the way, tell me all about your marital status, endowments, etc. so I start working on some jokes. (I’m pretty bald and my nose is kinda funny, if you’d care to prepare some retaliatory remarks.) <g> My wife is half Cajun abd half Italian, so there is some good ammunition for her, too!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 06-27-2008 02:29 AM

Thanks Betsy. I have not been able to spend the usual time here that I have been in the past and completely missed this one. But I did finally track it down and followed the threads.

I am not sure that another category is the answer here. For posts like the one that you are referring to there will be some who will take offense at them no matter where the blog is posted. I tend to be pretty easy going and fairly laid back about most things. So I guess my answer is that if something is found to be offensive just stop reading it. I have found that I can control the behaviors and attitudes of only one person on this planet- Me. I really don’t get upset about anything “controversial” that is being posted by other members. So what Betsy, GaryK or any of the other 4761 individuals post or write about here, I feel, is largely up to them.

Just my $0.02 worth

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 06-27-2008 03:11 AM

The problem with this well intentioned idea (of adding another forum) is that probably most folks (like myself) check in on the “pulse” without editing their preferences and as such see all recent posts without regard to their “category” and adding another filter won’t do much good. Everyone sooner or later is bound to be confronted with a dissenting point of view, no matter how careful or well intentioned the moderators. Deal with it.

I personally don’t care for religious proselytizing, promoters of Golden Retrievers as the”One True Dog(ma)”, hand tool only wonks, and members of the John Birch Society, but that’s just me. Your mileage may vary . . .

I will still check in from time to time. I will still laugh, be amazed, be disgusted, be sympathetic, be affronted, etc. Just like anytime I leave the house, stay in, engage or ignore the rest of the world. I figure that if you aren’t offending or being offended at least on occasion, you’re probably not living up to your potential ;-)

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#6 posted 06-27-2008 03:32 AM


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#7 posted 06-27-2008 03:58 AM

Just when you think you have found a nice community, someone goes and makes a nasty remark about golden retrievers. I suppose you are some sort of poodle snob!

Dennis, next thing you know they’ll be discriminating against ex-drunks with beards!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 06-27-2008 04:02 AM

O.M.G. Water collies and Freedom Poodles. LOL!

So far dogs 2, tools/J.B. 0, tools/hand 0

just for those keeping score

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#9 posted 06-27-2008 04:03 AM

oh well – just a thought—- Charlie—- why did you have to tell Dennis about my beard? Sure am glad I don’t have a golden retriever—you guys are harsh!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#10 posted 06-27-2008 04:11 AM


-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 06-27-2008 04:55 AM

I have no idea what you all are talking about but I love it…consider just for a moment how many people now share this community…and how well everyone generally gets along. It may take alittle effort but it’s worth it.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#12 posted 06-27-2008 05:06 AM

Is that a fat man in a kilt joke???

-- Hrolfr

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#13 posted 06-27-2008 05:06 AM

If you look at the overall depth of woodworking information and knowledge available on this site and compare it to a few questionable comments like “the joke”, or Odie’s comments (still not sure what these were… but would like to), or Betsy’s “endowments” (ok, ok, I don’t know these either), or Charlie’s beard and nose thing (just teasin ya Charlie!) or Dennis’s Golden Retriever fetish or hmmmmmm, there really IS alot of crap on this site isn’t there? I say we burn it down.


Ohhhh, for all of you who don’t get that that was tongue-in-cheek and I was joking here, please know that it was tongue-in-cheek and I was joking here. If you still don’t get it, send all of your e-mail complaints to Charlie c/o CharlieM1958 ;-)

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#14 posted 06-27-2008 05:12 AM

Mine all of the good lumber here before you burn it down.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#15 posted 06-27-2008 05:17 AM

Betsy, I thought that jokes and such belonged in the “Coffee Lounge” forum. I also don’t think it matters where jokes and such are posted, there is always someone, somewhere, willing to drag their soap box in.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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