File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 80

Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2008 16:57:47 GMT
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Why are people so mean


IF you WERE Shakespear, you could correctly spell your name 26 different ways.
And even he had his critics.

We are living in difficult times. For the past 8 years we have had an Administration in Washington, which as a matter of policy "has not played well with others". You got a bit of "trickle down" from that. 
It has been called "hard ball" and had oher eupjemisms as well, but is just plain bad and unfair to the people. 

No surprise that the Economy has gone sour along with everything else. You get hit with a hard ball, it hurts. 

When things are not going well, some people take it out on others, instead of making changes for the better,

It is very possible that someone at that school screwed up by not telling the staff of your scheduled arrival---without preparation, it could have affected teaching plans or maybe they were just grumpy after a long political campaign, much of which still played on fears and blatant lies which don't put people in good moods.

Carroll Spinney once made a visit to a school--I think it could have been a freebie---the Principal royally screwed up on the date---gave Carroll ONE date and told the staff and students it was another, then when Carroll did not show up, "it was HIS fault"---news of the "poor disappointed children" hit newspapers across America. The Principal made no effort to correct the news reports.

Not all schools are in the best of hands anymore than all governments are.

If you've had only 5 problems like this, count yourself lucky.

When you are not prepared in advance for a negative experience, it can be very unsettling.

Yesterday's Los Angeles Times' front page (lower right corner) had an article by Diane Haithman with  the heading:

The economic picture isn't pretty for the arts

and the text warns "It can't be business as usual for the next several years".The article then lists many examples of cutbacks at local symphony, museum and other cultural/artistic groups. 

Now you can really be upset.


-----Original Message-----
From: Puppet People
Sent: Saturday, November 8, 2008 7:20 AM
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Why are people so mean

Thanks  John:
    Exactly, we use the word in the show instead of saying "stupid". I 
always thought it sounded funny and we use it in a funny way, demonstrating 
the old phrase "sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never 
    But I guess what I am really upset about is that we let these comments 
get to us. We have been performing puppet show for over 15 years now and I 
can count the # of criticisms on one hand. Thousand of shows with 5 bad 
comments is pretty dam good I'd say. But even with that it still gets to me. 
I wish I could shrug them off or think of it as an opportunity to rethink a 
show or our writing, I mean we are not Shakespear.

Thanks again
Mark The Puppet People
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Dudley" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, November 08, 2008 8:50 AM
Subject: [Puptcrit] Why are people so mean

> Hi Mark at Puppet People
> You may be interested in the definition of Nincompoop.
> From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
> A nincompoop is an English term usually meant to describe a person
> that is silly, foolish, stupid, and/or useless.
> The factual origins of the term are unknown, but some people speculate
> that it was coined by British playwright William Wycherley in 1676.[1]
> Other people believe the word stems from the Latin phrase 'non compos
> mentis', i.e. 'not of sound mind.'[2]
> In 2007, a survey among 2000 Britons revealed that nincompoop was the
> nation's favourite word out of 16,500 entries in the Cambridge
> Dictionary.[3]
> John Dudley
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