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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

An open letter

Dear Friends,

I am still a bit worked up over my last entry and am not really in the mood to pretend otherwise.  I am also not interested in having treppenwitz become 'all politics all the time'.  So instead I have spent my free time making a couple of small fixes to my template that have been suggested to me by some of my favorite readers (yes, I took the hint you left me TWICE on your site).

The most noticeable of these fixes is the fact that commenter's email addresses will no longer be visible or accessible to anyone here on treppenwitz. 

I know that many of you have been using fake email addresses when commenting because you didn't want to have your address picked up by spammers.  Typepad (my host) has had a pretty good script in place that made it nearly impossible for 'bots' to vacuum up email addresses from the comments section.  But we all know that there is nothing that is truly impossible... so I really can't blame you for being overly cautious.   

However, it has always saddened me to see obviously bogus email addresses attached to otherwise thoughtful comments.  The main reason is that I often like to respond privately to something... the way one might lean over and whisper a friendly aside when talking to a new acquaintance at a cocktail party. 

Some things just aren't meant for public consumption.

So, going forward I just want everyone to know that your email addresses are completely and safely hidden whenever you leave a comment.

I look forward to continuing the conversation when the bourbon has had a chance to do its work.

Warm Regards,

David Bogner
Efrat, Israel

"Laying the groundwork for an insanity defense since 1961"

Posted by David Bogner on July 26, 2005 | Permalink


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And what kind of Bourbon are we drinking?

Posted by: Jordan Hirsch | Jul 26, 2005 4:44:32 PM

Jordan... Knob Creek, neat (if you must know). If ice will be involved I usually go with Jim Beam.

Posted by: David | Jul 26, 2005 4:53:16 PM

Clink clink

Posted by: Jack | Jul 26, 2005 5:03:27 PM

Drinking on the job, David? For shame! (But I heard there's a great new chef there to sustain your appetite when you're done with the liquor)

Posted by: Pearl | Jul 26, 2005 5:12:09 PM

Another Knob Creek neatster! Great minds think alike.

Posted by: Elisson | Jul 26, 2005 6:16:47 PM

yes, I took the hint you left me TWICE on your site

If that refers to me, then just know that you're one out of a handful of dailies. The remarks did address you too, but I did not write two posts just for you. Other than sending a dozen people friendly hints via email, I thought it made a good post, since obviously, there are too many bloggers who have not yet spent a thought on it [or still claim their helpdesk people still haven't gotten back to them]. Obvious that otherwise I'd have hinted you off via email.

So here's to hoping your readers appreciate this act of kindness from you. It does save a lot of pain.

Posted by: mademoiselle a. | Jul 26, 2005 6:16:52 PM

Sometimes blogging can be emotionally draining. And I think you're not alone in feeling overwhelmed by what is going on right now. Of course, you are there, living in Israel, so it "is real" for you. (Sorry, couldn't help it.)

Posted by: Mirty | Jul 26, 2005 7:56:46 PM

I didn't mean to write in Italics, but it came out that way.

Posted by: Mirty | Jul 26, 2005 7:58:51 PM

Jack... Cheers.

Pearl... No, actually Zahava and I helped a very close friend bury her mother around lunchtime today and I decided to take the rest of the afternoon off.

Elisson... I actually prefer Blanton's but Knob Creek packs much easier in a suitcase. :-)

mademoiselle a. ... You don't have to tell me twice (oh wait... maybe you do!) :-)

Mirty... Not you too with the puns! They're everywhere!!! Oh, and don't worry about the italics... it wasn't your doing. somebody didn't close her tag properly! ;-)

Posted by: David | Jul 26, 2005 8:12:15 PM

*sigh* another bourbon drinker... y'know, maybe someday I'll learn to enjoy the sensation of having my throat lining torn out; at least we know that you indulge in decent beers as well! :)

Posted by: efrex | Jul 26, 2005 8:30:23 PM

Sorry, David, about the joke, at what turned out to be an inappropriate, sad time.

Posted by: Pearl | Jul 26, 2005 8:41:18 PM

Efrex... If it burns your throat you're drinking it wrong. It's not called 'sippin' whiskey' for nothin'! Scotch drinkers may need to swill the stuff quickly to rid themselves of the medicine-like taste as quickly as possible... but you'll usually find bourbon drinkers nursing a glass of good, honest corn whiskey as long as possible. If you have particularly strong stuff (like Booker's) or you are not looking for the full embrace of the neat whiskey... you might want to add a splash of water to soften the rough edges.

Pearl... Don't be silly! You couldn't possible have known... and besides, I told you so that you wouldn't think I was drinking on the job (or blogging at work, for that matter). It's days like this that I especially look forward to the pleasant banter of the comments section.

Posted by: David | Jul 26, 2005 9:17:47 PM

I think I had something to do with this post... ;-) Here ya go, David. But no sharing!

Posted by: Essie | Jul 26, 2005 10:05:18 PM

Hey now, I am a scotch drinker and I definitely do not need to shoot it. If you drink the good stuff it is something you savor.

Posted by: Jack | Jul 26, 2005 10:32:10 PM

You mean to say you don't want to run for PM?
All politics all the time could be a nice addition to your Blog's name. Not suprised about the bourbon though, I could always sense some redness in that nose.

Posted by: Jewish Blogmiester | Jul 26, 2005 10:38:21 PM

When I was by you there was no bourbon, just some "home grown" stuff and scotch. I guess I have to come by again. Or were you holding out on me...?

Posted by: D & C | Jul 26, 2005 11:10:33 PM

Essie... Yes, you were one of the people I had in mind. :-) Thanks for sharing.

Jack... I have had some of the best scotch that money could buy. I'm talking about 30 year old single malt Balmore and the like. I've tried highland and Isley... smokey and peaty... you name it. In the end I decided it was wasted on me so I just keep a few bottles of Dahlwinie and Balvenie (15 year old & 12 year old double wood) around for friends on whom I wouldn't want to waste my bourbon. :-)

Jewish blogmiester... Nah... I think the other 7 million Israelis are handling that position quite nicely. :-)

D & C... See my comment to Jack. ;-)

Posted by: David | Jul 26, 2005 11:36:18 PM


There is no accounting for taste. ;) That is ok I like Bourbon and Scotch.

Posted by: Jack | Jul 27, 2005 1:05:56 AM

Though I no longer drink it ,I must defend it, just for traditions sake .......What? No Rye? :-)

Posted by: shmiel | Jul 27, 2005 3:47:29 AM

Though I no longer drink it ,I must defend it, just for traditions sake .......What? No Rye? :-)

Posted by: shmiel | Jul 27, 2005 3:48:31 AM

Dude, you've got the right to sing the blues. In the seven-or-so months I've been a regular at the round table I've lost track of the number of funerals you've written about, not to mention you throwing out your back, not to mention Ari's hospitalization in December (which I still think about, and I've never met her!). Obviously there have been happy things too, but if I had that many sad things in seven months, I'd be a wreck. And I'm living in LA where the biggest security problem is patients angry at their plastic surgeon because their face lifts didn't work.

Take a slow drink, and a big breath. Tomorrow is another day. You have Zahava and 3 delicious kids (and I don't mean that in a Michael Jackson kind of way) and that ultimately dwarfs everything that was said in the last post.

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Jul 27, 2005 7:59:06 AM

It's understandable to still be worked up about all that. I think it's better to care about such things than to not care about them. It's not the easy approach to take, but it's one with integrity & compassion.

Posted by: Steve Bogner | Jul 27, 2005 2:08:43 PM

Jack... When you come to visit you'll have your choice.

Shmiel... I happen to love Rye as well, but few people our age or younger really know what it is. One of my weekly reads called 'Infinite Monkeys' had a post last march that was full of wonderful links about Rye. Go check it out!

Doctor Bean... "I woke up this mornin'..." No, I'm not quite ready to be singing the blues just yet. Just a rather long list of funerals lately.

Steve... Maybe... but it's wearing me out.

Posted by: David | Jul 27, 2005 2:23:20 PM

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