I got a lot of negative attention over there, as evidenced as an organized smear campaign in the social media. I'll write about that later. This blog is about email. I was on KKCR (anti-GM, anti-science) radio and gave out my email address. I don't hesitate on such things. It is all about being accessible and transparent. At the airport, all the way to my home, I got to view the Lazy Susan of Hate.
Of course, those that know me know that for every threat you get a kiss if you are female and a beer if you are male. That's my version of Fonzi Code. The return email...
Next I got a few nasty ones like this:
I don't know who the "Brothers" are, but in the words of Spicoli, as long as they make me disappear to a place with some tasty waves, a cool buzz, I'm fine.
Finally, there' this tasty treat...
Personally, I give the guy a major downgrade on going to "douchebag". If he would have gone with "douche(insert other noun here) I would have given him some good cred. "Douchebag" is so 2008. The only thing lamer would have been "GMO" (pause) "NOT".
The funny part is that I did reply and after a few back-n-forths calmed the savage beast...
And good day to you sir.
In these cases (and a few more I'll probably post later) angry people used the cloak of the internet, sometimes with obvious pseudonyms (not the last guy) to try to intimidate me. The funny part is that difficult people want a difficult and defensive response, and I (usually) don't have that in me. Plus, I can't be intimidated.
They waited until I was on the way home, not in the public forums where I was happy to meet.
Kindness and love overpower anger and fear. The people of Kauai have lots of kindness and love on both sides. The trick is sharing it with each other and trusting good science-- and trusting those that teach it.
Mahalo. And I don't use that ever. Here it just fits.