For those of you who have missed the first installment, here.
And lo and behold, the Internet delivers a response, with former Blackshirt/aspiring Dr. Spock Trey Albert providing a chiding commentary in a mysteriousÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â studio from an undisclosed locationÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â (much as I imagine Dick Cheney in my nightmares):
My response is as follows:
My Dearest Mr. Alberts,
Thank you so much for your thoughtful commentary.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I thank you for your compliments, when you referred to meÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â as bothÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â “interesting” and “regular”, the latter of which I so rarely hear.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â When I viewed your vlog, my immediate reaction ranged from…
… shock (“Trev Alberts?ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Really?”)
to nostalgia (“boy, he was a great tackler in the open field.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â What happened to him?”) …
to glee (“people are reading my stuff”) …
to hubris (“Soon, I will able to live off the ad revenue from WhatifSports and quit my job”) …
to confusion (“that was a joke.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â He didn’t get it?”) …
to regret (“I really should proofread more if people are going to actually read what I write”).
Your criticism of my misguided suggestions earlier is well-taken.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Perhaps I should focus entirely on my daughter’s positive attributes rather than creating a soulless, beaten fan of a small market team.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Bribery should not be considered a focus or strategy for manipulating a child and should only remain in its proper venue:ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â luring teenage recruits to play collegiate athletics for a particular school.
I am properly admonished, sir, for even broaching the subject.
But I’d like to focus further on your commentary, as it raises a few issues.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â If my child stops becoming kind, thoughtful and gregarious and becomes a fan of another team,ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â is it ethical behavior to point it out on a Youtube broadcast sponsored by a major telecommunications company?ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
You are correct sir.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I should focus on the fact that she isÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â truly the only thing of any significance I will ever doÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â and continue raising my child as the sweet, kind, thoughtful girl she is.
Oh, and try to teach her a sense of irony, as well.
Your faithful servant,