Subject: On bitchitude & common traits
I posted a personal on Craigslist last night and got flagged for removal within 30 minutes. My second, slightly edited, ad lasted almost 20 hours. In that time I got four responses, none of which contained actual sentences, nor any indication that the responder thought my ad was funny. As far as I can tell, from reading the unofficial flagging FAQ, the ads were removed for "bitchitude." I've included the original ad for your edification (and for a laugh at my expense.)
Recently, in an IM discussion when trying to clarify my position Ted told me that I am "always so hostile," and "that can't be helpful." I made amends by apologizing profusely, mostly because I am approaching zero acquaintances with whom I can have actual conversations.
Now, I get that this a problem with me, that by refusing to accept how I am perceived and taking the obvious step of polishing the sharp edges off I elicit this response; that intention doesn't matter. I just don't know how to change. I have only two ways to deal with things that bother me: ignore them and trying to set things straight. The first tends to drive me crazy, because there is no ignoring and forgetting. The second, well, it's impossible to set things straight when people experience you as hostile.
Of course, it would be in my interest to do some polishing since I obsess incessantly when I feel misunderstood.
So, why am I telling you this? I am not trying to deny that I have been hostile to you. Nor am apologizing for my behavior. Instead, I am appealing to your shared experience, because I know things can be very similar for you. I am also admitting that you're not the only asshole. If that's too little, too late, then it is (although, I can't promise a cessation of emails. I can try, but that's what I have been doing so far, and as you surely have noticed my impulse control is not 100%. Perhaps you can simply filter to Trash.)
But should you find that you're missing me as well, well, then perhaps there is something to talk about still.
Yours unrepentantly bitchily,
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