There is a big fight going on over at Quiche Moraine. Apparently, my friend and co-blogger Mike made a comment or two, months back, about someone and she didn’t like it. So she complained to Stephanie. Well, she complained to me, and I forwarded her complaint to Stephanie. And then they got into it. And Stephanie has turned what would otherwise be a series of emails worthy of little more than deletion into an interesting study of libel, defamation, accusation and loathing.
There are a couple of lessons to be learned here. One is don’t ever blog anything about an ex-spouse. I have actually blogged quite a bit about an ex spouse and many of you have read it but you did not know that you were reading stories that involved my ex spouse and there was nothing controversial. This is not to say that Mike did anything wrong. He did not do anything wrong. But if you want to avoid trouble, don’t ever start a sentence with “My ex spouse…” and end it with “…. but the medication would have helped” or whatever.
Another lesson is that when someone shows up in your crib yelling and screaming and pissing on you via email, the very first thing you should do, perhaps, is to tell them to have their lawyer contact you. Then ignore all other correspondence from that person. This way, they are forced to actually contact a lawyer, and the lawyer will probably talk them down.
Third, if you want someone else to do something that it is possible they may not want to do, it might work better to ask nice than to threaten with non-existent lawyers. Chances are the law is not really on your side (or anyone’s side) and the whole threatening with lawyers thing is a) obnoxious on the face of it and b) will make you look like a dumbass later when the lawyers do not show up.
Anyway, go read the post. And if you have a problem with this, GET A LAWYER!!!!
By the way, if you have something nice to say about Quiche Moraine this would be a good time.