The comment threads of most online blogs can get pretty nasty and off the point – one part displays the person’s upbringing, and the other his ability to noodle about the subject, even if he’s a she. Such remarks are fostered by the anonymity of online handles (or nom de screed) which commenters adopt when they really don’t want to stand behind their words, especially if these are snarky or silly. In the past I have characterized such people as sackheads – showing up in a public forum wearing a paper sack with eyeholes to shout or shyly mumble their message. While RR allows such comments, I and other online commentators encourage readers to engage each other civilly (churchilian repartees invited) under their own names.
RL ‘Bob’ Crabb, Nevada County’s keen observer of life’s foibles and cartoonist extraordinaire, captured the essence of the sackhead saga above in his regular offering that appeared in the 14aug10 Union and is used here with his kind permission.
Mr Crabb is also a published author whose latest book is Once Upon a Village. He will be at the Nevada County Fair today 15 August from 2-5pm where you can buy your copy and get it signed. Bob will also be at the NC California Organics outlet (behind the SPD at 135 Argall Way) on 28 August from 5–8pm to reprise the whole thing. So you have two chances to get his newest tome of memorable cartoons immortalized. Go ahead, make your day.