I confess that the stained glass image (which was previously displayed on the Ornery Bastard blog) was chosen for Laura. I don’t honestly know if Anglicans go for stained glass, but hope the thought will count for something. I feel rather guilty. Today I read another great post on Laura’s blog Lay Anglicana. Yet felt that I simply could not comment. I haven’t the faintest clue what church office the featured subject of this post is up for, and to my knowledge I have never in my life been personally acquainted with an Etonian. I am reminded again that the US and the UK are two very distinct nations more divided than anything by mostly sharing a common language.
I suppose that my persistent refusal to comment on posts I lack the cultural background to fully understand could be construed as ornery, although I do not intend it that way of course. I just don’t feel that I can speak intelligently about something I genuinely do not understand. I do think that Laura is writing for a very particular audience and this is simply an example of how targeting your niche tends to exclude visitors who are not a part of your niche. When I think about it, I realize that my refusal to comment on Laura’s blog could also be construed as stubborn. To an extent I suppose that stubborn and ornery are somewhat synonymous, although somehow ornery to me suggests an especially entrenched stubbornness that has gone on for years and years and singed if not burned scores and scores of innocent bystanders.
To be perfectly honest, I think I have always been a bit weird. I’ve always known that I am not and don’t want to be just like most people. I recall an anecdote that Laura shared about a hippy who moved off to the woods and grew a beard. When the popular crowd arrived and began emulating him en masse he moved back to town and shaved. If it had been me, I think I would have just moved farther away from those imitators. The fact is I just kind of am and always have been a big bearded bear of a guy and if you find that weird or not to your taste, go talk to somebody else. I am who I am and it is not now nor has it ever been open for discussion. My thanks to Harold Gardner who suggested today’s words in a comment on Eccentric Independent Contrary.