This is not exactly the way I wanted to resume this blog, but I must do this.
During the 2014 World Cup (which, if you don't live on Earth, has just happened in Brazil; Germany won), some people and I were analyzing some event football charts in a private discussion group run by Gorizza Svortzan, a well-known astrologer and a dear friend.
I made a bad joke when posting one of the charts. I nicknamed the Germany vs Portugal match “Hitler; vs Salazar”. I know, it's not a classy one; I apologized then (see below) and a apologize for it again now.
The thing is: one of the members, that uses the name Max Schneider (he writes very much like someone who used the name Berthold in another Facebook forum, though), got offended. Very much. I apologized for the joke, he said he wouldn't accept my "half-hearted apology" and was shocked by my “comments”.
As I couldn't do anything other than apologize, I didn't do anything else. He, on the other side, sent me hate messages and asked Gorizza repeatedly to ban me from the group (which I told her would be fine, by the way; she didn't), and to delete the post. Because she wouldn't do it, or at least didn't do it with the speed he demanded, he:
a) send me one last hate message and blocked me from answering;
b) left the group;
c) left Gorizza's course (he was a student);
- threatened to tell anyone he knew that she was a terrible teacher.
Actions a) and b) were really OK by me; actually, they were a relief.
Action c) is a stupid decision (she's among the finest ones around), but it's entirely up to him and none of my business. His loss, not mine.
Acion d), however, is an unfair, cowardly act, and I must make it widely know as such.
Until my stupid joke, he was nothing but praise to her abilities as an astrologer and as a teacher, which is not out of place, since most her students are like that. According to them – and, judging from her as an astrologer and as a friend, I must agree with them – she is a fantastic teacher.
So, I made a bad joke. My bad; let the blame fall on me. I won't even talk about the amount of unanswered bullshit I received from the guy, or the – to me, at least – disproportion between my “offense” and his reaction. It's OK, my skin's thicker than his, I guess.
I just don't want an excellent teacher to have her reputation bruised, apparently for not killing me fast enough.
That's it. I promise next time the tone will be ligher.