Bitch on the Blog

April 30, 2017

Breaking news

Ha, all is becoming clear.

In my last post’s reply to Ramana’s comment I say that I actually don’t mind people displaying a healthy dose of arrogance. According to an article I just read we like those who resemble us. Which, oh my poor dear Sweethearts and regular commentators, on the assumption that you give me the time of day because you quite like me and it’s worth your effort, makes all of you arrogant and antagonistic swines. And those who shall remain unnamed – the ones who in their quest to divest themselves of me – are little Bluebells swinging in the wind waiting to be picked. Cute.

Well, if that isn’t a damning indictment (fn the Bluebells) I don’t know what is. Don’t cry. Here is my handkerchief. Keep it.





  1. Interesting. A primary difference I see between us is your strong opinions (arrogance? Supreme confidence?) guide your posts. Now I have that same trait but I think I simply like to confront/argue/discuss and am willing to take either side of an issue just for the pleasure of the resulting confrontation. Now we are both typically civil 9in our own ways – you tend to be more direct than I but we get our points across. pretty well. I used to enjoy the interaction between you and other bloggers back when I reconnected with Conrad and his little band of bloggers. Many were convinced you were evil personified – I just saw someone who liked the back and forth – much like me. I even poked the bear (you) a couple of times to see what would happen. Lo and behold, over the years we have become friends methinks. So does that make us both arrogant? Dunno. Don’t really care. I look forward to what you and Ramana -have to say daily. We are all friends yet all different. While Ramana is typically supremely confident in his attitudes arrogant certainly is not an applicable adjective for him.

    Comment by Chuck McConvey — April 30, 2017 @ 16:25 | Reply

    • Oh, dear dear Chuck. You don’t know how happy your response makes me. I was perceived as “evil personified”? My life’s work is done. Svengali has nothing on me. As ambitions gone I’d never set my sights high – but what do you know … Your assets catch you unawares.

      Yes, good old Con. I miss him. He wasn’t so much someone to get your teeth into as having to go to the dentist in the aftermath. Yes, sigh, those were the days. Those were the days when I couldn’t say anything without it being taken, I wouldn’t say the “wrong” way, just some way off the path I was treading.

      You poked my bear? You must have been very gentle, or maybe it was mid winter and my fur was twice as thick as normal. Or maybe my memory is failing and I need to retrace my steps.

      Ramana, by his own admission, can be arrogant – though the way he puts it it appears that he deliberately employs arrogance when people need putting into their place. Not all of us have that level of control. Most certainly not me. Sometimes I think I just am. Regardless. Come high water, hell will follow.

      It’s great that you consider me a friend. As I do you. One of the most amazing moments when you recognize a kindred spirit. Someone you connect with – regardless of whether you are peas hustling for space in the same pod, or turn out apples and pears in different pies.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — April 30, 2017 @ 17:39 | Reply

  2. I am too arrogant to cry. I am also, to quote my good friend Chuck, supremely confident in my attitudes. I have my own hand kerchief. Thank you.

    Comment by rummuser — April 30, 2017 @ 16:34 | Reply

    • You reject my hanky? Do not look a gifted donkey in its toothless mouth.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — April 30, 2017 @ 17:42 | Reply

  3. I’m not arrogant… just confident.

    Comment by Mike — April 30, 2017 @ 20:57 | Reply

  4. i wouldn’t have called you arrogant, although you may be. i would say you don’t suffer fools gladly. And why should you?
    I love blogging but I hate the sycophantism (is that a word?) that goes on so I am always relieved when you call someone on their nonsense

    Comment by Kylie — April 30, 2017 @ 21:59 | Reply

  5. I find their use of the term ‘like’ in ‘we like those who resemble us’ to be simple minded and pedestrian. The analysis is deficient and not up to my standards. There are many dimensions to ‘like’ and this term should be properly categorized, qualified and nuanced before making such assertions. U must make them go back and re-do their research.

    Comment by Looney — May 1, 2017 @ 00:51 | Reply

  6. The term arrogance doesn’t seem relevant to my life right now, but I do remember an exchange years ago when I was working. Someone told me, “You have trouble with authority!” I said, “No, I don’t have trouble with authority. Authority has trouble with me.” Does that count?

    Comment by Cheerfulmonk — May 2, 2017 @ 23:25 | Reply

    • No, that is the default response for humans. To reach beginner arrogance, you would have needed to respond more like, “It is impossible for me to have trouble with authority because I am authority”.

      Comment by Looney — May 3, 2017 @ 03:12 | Reply

      • My dear Looney, should you ever fall on hard times in Silicon Valley you’d make a good living out of teaching the basics of “How to be arrogant” (not for dummies – dummies don’t do arrogant, they just swing at you with no finesse whatsoever). Thanks for the laugh. Obviously not on Jean’s back. God, do I now have to apologize for anything I say before I hit the “post” button?

        I have no problem with authority either. My upbringing drummed that out of me – no doubt, there were times my parents regretted their good intentions. Respect is different – as it’s earned rather than resting on your lapels.

        With regards to “authority” your first memories will be of teachers. I remember, must have been about ten, just having made the big jump to secondary school – we had to sit entrance exams (grammar school I suppose the English call it) when my history teacher turned out not only to be very old but also the previous enormously respected headmaster of the school. Oh, Looney, I remember to this day, sitting in the entrance hall of my parents’ house (it was the only place I could escape my much younger siblings’ attention) swotting like crazy over dates, names, wars, and all the rest of it. For hours. Yes, Hammurabi of Babylon – you will be with me till I die and possibly beyond. The next day? In lesson? It was grand. The old headmaster was happy, I was happy that I had honoured him and his passion for the subject by making a mighty effort the day before. History, by the way, one of my favourite subjects to this day.


        Comment by bitchontheblog — May 4, 2017 @ 15:28 | Reply

        • U, I am actually a non-native to California and thus a mere novice at the arrogance thing. California made the training of youth in arrogance a matter of state law back in the 80’s, which was thinly disguised as the Self-Esteem Movement and the Task Force for Self Esteem. Beating up teachers and cops is a standard part of the training.

          Maybe U or another reader to this post can explain to me why Amazon has self-help books on developing your Self-Esteem, but none for developing your Arrogance. It does seem to me that there is an opportunity here.

          Comment by Looney — May 5, 2017 @ 03:36 | Reply

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