An email that was actually a breath of fresh air

Normally when I get emails from a reader of this site, it’s a hater.  Sometimes it’s an ASCII art middle finger, other times it’s an insult on par with the zingers my schoolmates came up with in sixth grade.  But every now and then….every now and then….ya get a breath of fresh air.  This is one of those examples.  To protect the innocent the name has been changed:

From: Pootie Tang <[email protected]>
Subject: Curiosity

Message Body:

My name is Pootie Tang, and I’m not a journalist or hate-mailer, just a curious college student. Every day I check the news on various websites (Youtube, Reddit, different blogs, this site), and daily there are new stories about how terrible copyright is, how awful the enforcement polices are, etc. Your site is the only one I’ve found that says otherwise on a semi-regular basis, but unfortunately not as often as the other sites. Your site also seems to have more statistics than stories, but sadly I am more curious in the stories than the numbers at the moment. I was wondering if you would share the success stories of copyright law and its enforcement (and/or your opinion) with me, either by email or just more often on this website, or even other sites you know of that update regularly. In case you’re curious why I am doing this, I like to keep a balanced view of the world and feel that my perception has been skewed by increased negative reviews of these laws. I also don’t care if you share this email with anyone, I just request that if it is in a public place my last name and email address are redacted to prevent the hordes of internet morons from ruining my life for wanting to keep an open mind. Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you.

~Pootie Tang

Colt Cabana, Nigel McGuiness and supporting great causes

Please bear with me, this is going to be a long post but a good one.

I make it no secret that I love professional wrestling.  I grew up watching pro-wrestling like so many of my friends.  We never worried about whether it was “real” or not, it was fun and entertaining and when you’re a kid, that’s all that matters.  As I grew older, I knew it was a scripted show, but that didn’t diminish my enjoyment of it at all.  I know when I go watch The Dark Knight that it’s scripted too, but you suspend your disbelief to be entertained.  But as I began to learn more about the business of pro-wrestling, I learned that it is “real”, in that these guys destroy their bodies doing something that they love to entertain millions.  They deal with inter-office politics just like the rest of us.  They have kids, they have families and often times being a pro-wrestler can put you at odds with your family.  There are successes and there are failures.  Triumphs and hardships, both in front of the curtain and behind it.  Knowing that gave me a new-found respect for the art.  The art of your job being to make 20k fans think you’re laying a hurting on your co-worker, while your number one priority is to not hurt that co-worker.  The art of one man making 20k people hate his guts just so they’ll adore his opponent, that opponent being his co-worker and friend.  Pro-wrestling has given me a lot of enjoyment over the years, and outside of spending money on it, I hadn’t been able to give much of anything back, but that was going to change.

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