For what it's worth, your not the only member of this forum with debilitating, and or life threatening illness.
Sir, I am quite aware of that. And, I don't recall ever claiming to be the only one. I admire and applaud anyone (including you) who overcomes obstacles (physical or financial) to keep bees or to do anything else that they enjoy doing!thegolfpsycho said:
You might take your own advice, and think before you launch another salvo.
My dictionary says this about the word salvo:
1. An outburst resembling the discharge of firearms or the release of bombs
2. Rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
3. A sudden outburst of cheers
"there was a salvo of approval"
I in no way made any sudden outburst of cheers (definition #3). I did not make a rapid discharge of a firearm (definition #2). And, I did not make an outburst resembling the discharge of firearms or the release of bombs (definition #1). I simply stated the facts and attempted to explain my position. And, I didn't even do that out of anger. No name calling, no swearing, or anything of that nature.
But, I did find the suggestion that I was able to afford certain "luxeries," yet be unable to afford a simple smoker to be distasteful to say the least. I found it to be so especially when the suggestion was based on pure assumption of my situation rather than on an intimate knowledge of my situation. That was bad enough. But, the "No money-- sounds kind of smokey to me." comment was totally uncalled for, completely out of line, and highly insulting to me. He might just as well to have said that he believed me to be a liar. And, he does not have enough personal knowledge about me or my situation to make that assessment about me.
This whole mess reminds me of a situation that I witnessed a few years ago outside a doctor's parking lot. A fellow who appeared to be in his mid 30's parked in a handicap parking spot. He got out of the car and started for the doctor's office. To look at him and to watch his gait, you would think that there was nothing wrong with him. The fellow standing next to me saw the same thing that I had seen. After the mid 30's fellow got inside the building, the fellow next to me turned to me and said something to the effect that he'd wager that the other guy had stolen the handicap placard because he was just too lazy to walk from the other parking spaces. "After all," he said, "I didn't see a darned thing wrong wtih him."
This man made those statements based on what he saw and what he assumed
about the fellow. He didn't bother digging deep enough to find the truth. I did not know the mid 30's fellow well either. But, I had spoken with him in the doctor's office before. And, I knew that he had (among other things) some type of problem with his heart that allowed him to walk only a very few feet before he had to sit and rest. The man's prognosis was death within the next 6 to 9 months. He lived just over 4 months after this incodent
So, yes sir, I did think before
I spoke. I have in no way intended to hurt someone else's feelings nor to make them mad. I simply wanted the man to consider other people's feelings before he begins making assumptions and making public accusations.
When a person extends their hand and asks for help, even if we know that the person's situation is self-inflicted or bogus, it is far more humane to kept our mouth shut than it is to bash or insult them. Who knows, an once of kindness in just such a situation might just yeild itself to to the betterment of both lives concerned.
I try to live by "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." If the situation had been reversed, I would sincerely hope that Bruce would have equally pointed out my wrong doing to me.