WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL TWO RIVERS WI CLASS OF 1989

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

REMORSE

The last several days have been interesting. Sometimes I feel like a broken record. I seem to be defending myself more and more. So I then ask myself whether or not this blog was a good idea. Perhaps it should have been private. Maybe I've crossed the line too much. Maybe I've hurt the feelings of too many people.

It's come to my attention that some people have been hurt by my words. And for that, I am truly sorry. I never intended to do so. It's not in my nature. And I feel really, really bad about it. In some cases, the damage has already been done.

So what's next? Deleting the blog has crossed my mind. But that's not going to happen. I still feel that the good things in this blog far outweigh the bad - not only for me, but for most of my readers as well.

Not that anyone will notice, but I'm going to go around and edit some of the entries I have made. Where I can remember, I'm going to remove certain references. If you feel that something particularly hurtful should be removed, please E-mail me about it. Please note that I will not be removing my opinions on my classmates' and teachers' personalities. If I thought you were an asshole, and said so, the comment will remain. Assholism can be cured.

Look for the next teacher entry tomorrow.

19 Comments:

At Tue Jun 20, 02:24:00 PM PDT, Blogger Greg Pagel said...

My doc says I'm a chronic asshole. So don't change that. I know I won't.

 
At Tue Jun 20, 02:46:00 PM PDT, Blogger Brandon P. said...

Greg, you see a proctologist already? Maybe I'm a bit old fashioned but I thought we were all still a bit young for that.

 
At Tue Jun 20, 04:10:00 PM PDT, Blogger Greg Pagel said...

Actually, although it wasn't what I was referring to, I do in fact have Crohn's Disease!

http://www.ccfa.org/info/about/crohns

So I get colonoscopies more often than haircuts! Okay, not that often. But I've lots of cameras shoved way up my arse! Yay!

 
At Tue Jun 20, 04:36:00 PM PDT, Blogger Brandon P. said...

That was meant to be funny but now I feel like an asshole! This conversation is going South.

Burt, sorry Greg and I pirated your post with our talk of assholes. I do want to say that you and Brian both made good points. But, I haven't read anything here that I would have considered horribly offensive (except for the asshole thing). I've seen one particular comment about me that wasn't very nice but I realize that was someone's impression of me back in the 1980s. It doesn't bother me. I've grown a pretty thick skin through life. I also realize that others have much bigger feelings than I do. It is what it is.

My point is, well, I forget but I wouldn't beat yourself up over it. I agree that this site has done more good than harm.

 
At Tue Jun 20, 04:49:00 PM PDT, Blogger Greg Pagel said...

And I've grown a pretty thick intestinal wall!!

In Kluscinske's class, I wrote and read a "tall tale" based on my first colonoscopy. Big laughs. I still have the written version. Burt was in that class.

 
At Tue Jun 20, 06:00:00 PM PDT, Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

As WAPL used to say (and still might, for all I know) - "More than we really wanted to know."

Greg, you've mentioned that story before. I don't remember it. But you are right. I was in that class with you. I was umm... "sick" a lot during our senior year. I missed a lot of school. I suspect I was out that day. Because that sounds like something I wouldn't forget.

Brandon, feel free to hijack my posts. Sometimes they have a mind of their own.

I think I'm going to profile Mrs. Westburg tomorrow.

 
At Tue Jun 20, 06:20:00 PM PDT, Blogger the_meff said...

I dunno' 'bout this.

I mean, sure, one could say, the "damage" is done. But still...

As against libel and slander as I am, I'm even MORE against censorship. Especially SELF censorship. Again, if someone complained specifically, I can see removing a comment, just to do an ex-classmate a solid. But to roundly eradicate material based on what might be construed as offensive...after the fact? It's not only a moot gesture but it's a bad habit.

You've disclaimered yourself to death in these pages.

You have nothing to be ashamed of.

I say let it stand.

 
At Tue Jun 20, 06:52:00 PM PDT, Blogger cawelnicke said...

Let me get this straight - - we live in America - where it is OK to show beastiality (sp?) on the internet but once we express our opinions or views, which do not agree with other people, we are meant to feel remorseful for offending them? I thought everyone has a right to express their feelings any way they wish.

There have been many instances where my feelings were hurt. What makes it better is knowing that no matter how much someone hates me or dislikes what I do - - I am a good person, I do make a difference (somewhere)! Geesh - - I sound like that guy on Saturday Night Live!

 
At Tue Jun 20, 08:13:00 PM PDT, Blogger Greg Pagel said...

Burt, you were there that day. I remember you read your story right after me. Yours sucked.

Oops... DID I HURT YOUR FEELINGS??

 
At Tue Jun 20, 08:22:00 PM PDT, Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

I'm crushed!

I resent that statement. I couldn't have read a story. I most likely never did it!

 
At Wed Jun 21, 04:10:00 PM PDT, Blogger Brad Strouf said...

"Remorse"...hmmm, I've heard that word before...I think.

Burt, don't you dare change a thing. Hell, the controversy is half the fun of this thing.

You created this project, take it to the end...

Or, at least make my profile much more attractive...single guys in their mid-30's need all the help they can get...

 
At Wed Jun 21, 09:50:00 PM PDT, Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

Maybe single guys should provide an up-to-date photo, which doesn't look like Batman! Who knows, maybe a future Mrs. Brad is lurking in the shadows.

 
At Thu Jun 22, 07:20:00 AM PDT, Blogger Brad Strouf said...

Batman got all the hot chicks in the movies...

I'll see what I can do about something more recent.

Thanks for trudging on, I for one, enjoy this monster you've created.

 
At Thu Jun 22, 04:10:00 PM PDT, Blogger cawelnicke said...

Batman may have gotten all the girls in the movies but he basically lived with Robin! (ha ha ha ha). I saw a news piece on that, and the new Superman being potentially gay, this morning.

 
At Thu Jun 22, 05:40:00 PM PDT, Blogger Brad Strouf said...

This isn't working out quite as well as I had hoped...

Superman is gay?...well, live and let live I always say.

This "batman" is not gay, but he has no current digital photos to share either...damn.

 
At Fri Jun 23, 06:16:00 AM PDT, Blogger PJ said...

You've stepped on the toes of some of the people I'm closest too, but in the end...we're adults and having our feelings hurt is something everything deals with on a regular basis. When it's all said and done, I think the majority of us are glad that you've kind of brought us all together in this unique way. My vote is....don't change a thing and....THANKS FOR THE BLOG!!!

 
At Fri Jun 23, 07:29:00 PM PDT, Blogger Greg Pagel said...

I don't think Superman's gay. He & Lois did it in II and he did it with that blonde bombo in III.

 
At Fri Jun 23, 07:36:00 PM PDT, Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

Part III doesn't count. His mind had been messed-up by the kryptonite that Richard Pryor gave him in that medallion.

 
At Fri Jun 23, 11:19:00 PM PDT, Blogger Brad Strouf said...

Greg, I want a new "non-blurry" "little picture" of you to appear with your comments. I have forgotten what you look like.

Thank you. (I get demanding at 1am...when I'm not working, but not able to sleep)

Brad (Not Edna)

 

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