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Post Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 4:49 am 
 

Can you beleive this line from the coug:

I also look after our 19 month old baby girl who still don't sleep all through yet, Packaging?

Come on! A grown man blaming his 19 mo baby girl for the poor packaging job that she does.

Maybe that is why his stuff is so roggered....she's teething as she packs for daddy :rabbit:


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Post Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:08 am 
 

I wish he was just more honest. What he should have said is: You need to give me 5 stars or I'm going to increase my shipping costs from "ridiculous" to "fraudulent"

It's funny, I'm a d&d collector but I found this forum only by googling Cougar.

And yip, blaming an offspring for things is just unprofessional. Ebay is meant for business NOT charity!

I  just want to know where is sources his stuff from. It can't just be ebay bulk buys.

  

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Post Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:53 am 
 

Wow!  Pleading in addition to threatening.  Telling sob stories while holding an ax are not generally effective.  8O

Hey Dave!  Your baby is crying and you are checking out what we're saying about you on Acaeum! :thumbdown:   Statistics show that eBay buyers are leaving, and part of the reason is because of YOU!  eBay had to make changes, and what do you know, they whack you pretty good.  Imagine that!

Listen, I know some people were pretty mean about you (including me), but I hope you wake up and change your ways.  You have reaped what you have sown.  In order to make ends meet, you are either going to have to ramp up your ethical misbehavior or stop it altogether.  Choose the higher road.

You CAN change.  You are obviously intelligent, but you have chosen to use your intelligence to manipulate the system (eBay, the Post Office and who knows what else).  I don't what's happened in your life to get you to this point, but blaming others and continuing to use poor ethics and morals in your business will lead to your baby suffering.  Change for your baby's sake! Give her a daddy that demonstrates right from wrong. Sure, we'll be glad you changed, but most of all, YOU will be glad you changed.  You CAN change! :!:


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3headedmonkey wrote:I wish he was just more honest. What he should have said is: You need to give me 5 stars or I'm going to increase my shipping costs from "ridiculous" to "fraudulent"

It's funny, I'm a d&d collector but I found this forum only by googling Cougar.

And yip, blaming an offspring for things is just unprofessional. Ebay is meant for business NOT charity!

I  just want to know where is sources his stuff from. It can't just be ebay bulk buys.


Coug remains a bit of a mystery to me in some areas.  I also wonder how he's able to get so much stuff.  I do believe his selling has dropped significantly since Acaeum members have been educating the world on his unethical misbehavior.  He got away with a lot for a long time, and he still gets away with too much.  I am hopeful that the recent eBay changes will change him to the good or stop him altogether.  Time will tell. :?


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Post Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:35 am 
 

He's obviously good at sourcing the stuff but..well….we all know what he's doing wrong selling it and it's obviously damaged his rep.

Take "Ruins of Undermountain II", it's a fairly sort after item of 2nd ED Ad&d item and I've seen copies go easily for £20-£30, but if Cougs is selling it always goes for less than £10. This obviously shows that his reputation has had an impact on his sales price. If change his approach to shipping, noted incomplete items or simply didn't note books that had been written all over as "VGC" he could become a valuable member of the TSR collecting hobbie.

But he prolly won't so we'll just carry on avoiding him.

  

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Post Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:42 am 
 

Let me put my translation skills to the test (although Couglish is NOT my first language):



please forgive the email, its been a long time since I sent notification of despatch emails but i felt i had to do it this week.


I just found out I'm not going to be able to ignore my customers anymore. Thus, this form letter...

Your Item(s) have been picked, packed, addresses, stamped, boxed, bagged, written out and loaded onto a van. The rest is up to the couriers, you should receive it soon.


Its not my fault if it's late.

I stopped sending these as I lost my old PC, and never recovered my customer lists, and never found the time to send them anyways.


I'm a lazy git.

But I now find out that ebay are going to be using the sellers feedback AND star ratings to determine sellers ability to stay on ebay.


I read Ebay's new policy's yesterday and shit a brick....

So i am respectfully requesting that, you leave +feedback and all 5 star ratings as long as you feel happy with the service I have offered. While i realise the scale of 1~5 is not very open, anything but a 5 start will result in an average below that allowed to trade successfully on Ebay. This would mean I would not be able to offer the items i have been at the prices I have been ever again. Making ebay either the playground of the big companies or those charity shops that don't need profit to survive.


I'm absolutely fucked unless you completely forget all the nonsense I've been doing the past several years. HELP!

Those who know me, know that I am a sole trader, a professional, I gave up a managerial job to ebay, and now ebay themselves are, it seems turning on the very people who pay their fees and wages.


Ebay has decided to get rid of the crooks, thieves, and scumbags, and I'm the poster child for Ripoff Artists.

So i respectfully ask for the 5 stars and +FB on all items , not just one, thinking it will cover all, please. I must admit I rarely did the stars thing, but now it seems so important I will be starting.


I never gave a shit about it before because I was too busy with my little scams.

If you feel that i do not deserve 5 stars on any rating please contact me and let me know what i did wrong, and more importantly what i could do to correct it and make 5 stars happen next time we trade? After all its only by achieving these high stars rating and averaging the feedback wreckers who have previously only bid to be able to leave -FB and 1 star on my feedback account that i will be able to continue atall.


I will continue to blame a vast conspiracy of haters for my misfortunes instead of owning up to the fact I've created my own miserable persona.

I will soon be adding P&P charges to my listings, this will take a while as I have 1200 active listings and 6,000 items in my turbo lister (previously the reasons I never did it, AND that UK PO /Royal mail increase their prices yearly, the last 6,000 item update i did took 18 months?


As you can see my lying will continue, as many, many other sellers have managed to add postage to their shippings, or communicate shipping prices in their descriptions, and update their turbo listers frequently with little or no problems.   Oh, and I'm a lazy git.

As for communication? well I am on line 24/7 vertually, the PC goes on when I wake up, and only goes off when i go to bed. i answer all emails daily, usually within a few hours even the other side of the world. so I cannot see how comm's can be low starred?


Unlike many reliable ebay sellers I continually ignored inquiries about shipping and other issues, hoping you would stop bothering me.

Despatch time? I am a sole trader, i do everything, buying, opening, tracking, searching, grading, scanning, listing, pc, selling, picking, packing, addressing, stamping, accounts. etc. I can only do one thing at a time, and if a payment comes as the weekly PO vans leaving I can do nothing about it until next week what ever there's still only a week max between payment clearing and despatch, All despatch items are noted under view item details. I also look after our 19 month old baby girl who still don't sleep all through yet,


I'm going to lie to you, and as someone famous once said, if you are going to lie, lie BIG.  Unlike many, many, MANY other ebay sellers I seem to have a problem shipping items promptly, and have to blame the fact I have a child around for the fact I am a lazy piece of crap.  Too lazy to make the occassional trip to the Post office.

Packaging? i recycle everything where possible, if its not possible, (too big, too many, not enough boxes) i will use new but I spread the cost out evenly, its not fair that one person should pay the full price of a new box just cos I packed it after another and used the last recycled box.


I will continue to ship items in crappy reused containers.

Item description, I have limited time doing everything, my ebay turbo lister has been running slow, and the details occasionally miss something, i am always ready to refund if anything wrong, upon return, as per my terms,.


I'm going to lie to you again, this time can't blame my kid so I'll blame turbo lister.  Oh, and my same return policy is in effect, basically you are still screwed when I ship items without maps.

So you see i hope you can feel happy about giving me 5 stars, even if you were only going for 4 (the extra one WILL help reduce the average of those only out to disrupt things) And if not please contact me.,


Please, please, PLEASE ignore my previous criminal behavior and keep me in business. God knows I have no right to appeal to the very people I've been dicking all these years, but you and I both know I cannot keep a regular job since I'm such a piece of human refuse. I just never actually thought ebay would crack down on turds like me because they love my monthly payment so much; I was wrong, and I don't know how on earth I'm going to keep in business since the only way I know to do this job is to do it badly.

I have 1200 items up and running now, as many planned for the next few weeks and with your help (only taking a few minutes please) for the rest of the year and coming months.


I'm fucked.

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Post Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 11:00 am 
 

Coug is in trouble. :)


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Post Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 11:01 am 
 

LOL  Bad  that was pretty good, I am inpressed, but I am curious how do you do that?

Do you have to watch TV, listen tot he radio, plug one ear, use one finger to type and do all of it after slamming several shots of whiskey? I mean come on how can anyone translate his language?  :lol:

So the ole Coug is growing desperate for them stars. All of us should have seen it comming. He was after them pretty stars that flew before. Then wonderful feedback ones. Now he is sick with the thought he needs to try to capture 5 stars. The best part is with the no neg buyer aspect. He is screwed when they neg him. He has no ability to do anything about it.

Well I amy give up Ebay doe to the new price fixtures. Dave I hate to say this, but well it was fun watching someone like you rise through the ranks cheating and scamming your way along. While the rest of us little guys kept honest and tried to be fair. We may have never grown like you did. But that is the beauty of this. Guys like me who you always laughed at and looked down upon. Are now the same ones laughing at you again.

We have little to lose by the new system, other then money due to the fees structure. You however now have to plead with people to keep you going. Isnt it great being such a big POWER SELLER (said in anouncers voice)  The bigger ya are, The harder ya FAAAaaaaallllllllll!!!

Bye bye cougie dont hurt yourself crawling out from all those stacks of books. LMAO

Think of how much he will loose if he has to stop selling guys think of how much he must have invested in what he has that he would be stuck with.  :lol:


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Post Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 11:30 am 
 

So you see i hope you can feel happy about giving me 5 stars, even if you were only going for 4 (the extra one WILL help reduce the average of those only out to disrupt things) And if not please contact me.,


Sadly, this isn't the first time I've heard of someone begging for stars.  I recall reading the seller's forum shortly after eBay actually started doing things with the stars (other than just displaying them), and there were a number of sellers (not the majority, but some) posting that they were going to include in their standard email that all buyers must either leave 5 stars or none at all.

Which, while I understand that it can be hard to keep an almost-5.0 rating in some categories (see: shipping costs), just further skews the value of the stars as an evaluation tool.


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Ogreden wrote:LOL  Bad  that was pretty good, I am inpressed, but I am curious how do you do that?

Do you have to watch TV, listen tot he radio, plug one ear, use one finger to type and do all of it after slamming several shots of whiskey? I mean come on how can anyone translate his language?  :lol:


Yes, watching old Brady Bunch reruns while listening to irish punk bands, slamming the cheapest bottle of Kentucky moonshine I can find....and suddenly Couglish makes perfect sense!

So the ole Coug is growing desperate for them stars. All of us should have seen it comming. He was after them pretty stars that flew before. Then wonderful feedback ones. Now he is sick with the thought he needs to try to capture 5 stars. The best part is with the no neg buyer aspect. He is screwed when they neg him. He has no ability to do anything about it.

Well I amy give up Ebay doe to the new price fixtures. Dave I hate to say this, but well it was fun watching someone like you rise through the ranks cheating and scamming your way along. While the rest of us little guys kept honest and tried to be fair. We may have never grown like you did. But that is the beauty of this. Guys like me who you always laughed at and looked down upon. Are now the same ones laughing at you again.

We have little to lose by the new system, other then money due to the fees structure. You however now have to plead with people to keep you going. Isnt it great being such a big POWER SELLER (said in anouncers voice)  The bigger ya are, The harder ya FAAAaaaaallllllllll!!!

Bye bye cougie dont hurt yourself crawling out from all those stacks of books. LMAO

Think of how much he will loose if he has to stop selling guys think of how much he must have invested in what he has that he would be stuck with.  :lol:


You know, I have a bit of a different take...

This won't put Coug out of business. Coug, like many of us (myself included) is in for the long haul. Lifers, as it were.  You can't accumulate a house full of anything (beanie babies, comics, women's underwear) and just stop selling it.  No, Cougie is "in the life" as the gangbangers like to say.

He will change his business just enough to get by...starting shipping maps with modules; stop raping people (as much) on shipping; start grading his stuff a wee bit better.  Just enough to put his stars over the amount needed to do business.   Sure he won't ever get the discounts, but he'll be able to buy, sell, wheel and deal, just like the old days. We'll see a "kinder and gentler" Cougie, but a Cougie nonetheless.

The fun part, for people who detest the rat bastard, or people who have been bent over by him, is going to be watching him have to change his entire style of business in the next few months JUST TO CATCH UP TO WHAT A NORMAL SELLER DOES DAILY ANYWAY!!!  Groveling kiss ass letters like the above are just the tip of the iceberg.  Imagine the first time Cougie gets a "Hey, these items are in absolute shit condition, I want a refund!" email, and he CAN'T LEAVE A NEG!!!!  Or the next time someone complains about shipping and Coug can't reply with his standard "Yu ER an Idiot BLOCK WIPE AVOID!!!" in the feedback.  The imagination just soars.  I am picturing Coug right now, dressed in his women's underwear and men's diapers, sobbing and clutching his blankie as he contemplates the vast, unknown world of CUSTOMER SERVICE and racks his brains to try and remember exactly what it is and how can he POSSIBLY CHANGE A DECADE OF SHITTY BEHAVIOUR (Extra "U" for the friendly UKers reading this) so as to keep his business running.

But make no mistake, he'll come up with something (sob sister crap like the above is just the beginning...wait until he redoes his "About Me" page to include the fact his three houses are used for HIV patients, grandmothers on the dole and Romanian orphans).  And, mark my words, he'll actually RAMP UP his efforts in buying from innocent US buyers and with NO possible negative consequences will increase his efforts in that regard (packages to the UK from the US will be lost so frequently you'll think a black hole suddenly appeared somewhere over the air of Heathrow Airport and is sucking in cargo jets like jellybeans).  That'll be his way of evening the odds, and in his demented mind he'll figure he's entitled to do that because, well, he's Cougie and this Ebay feedback thing is all a conspiracy anyway to put him out of business.

The thing is, I have pretty much exactly the same story as Coug.....fill in 19 month old kid with three year old grandson that is sick quite a bit (and me being the one in the family at home, I'm immediately first in line to babysit), and as Kingofpain or anyone locally who knows can tell you, I've been without any sort of transportation (clutch died on the old pickup, sob) for about a month now, and I am using a refurbished/retread computer given to me by Sicklewhisp (God knows how old it is, but it runs) and I also use Turbo Lister....yet, for some reason, I am able to ship items without long delays, check items for missing parts, accurately grade items, and not screw anyone around with excessive shipping.  As are the vast majority of sellers in this forum!!!! (Bclarkie, BeyondtheBreach, LucyJo, Reindeergames, benjoshus, burntwire bros, etc etc etc).

It's like the guy at the mom and pop hamburger store down the street telling me "Sorry I couldn't open on time, my kid was sick and I didn't have daycare, and sorry about that meat in the burger today, I wanted to save a few bucks and bought the lowest grade, and I didn't turn up the grill as high so that's why it's rare and gristly in places, oh and a hamburger, fries and drink will be $22, sorry for the cost but it's necessary to maintain my lifestyle..."  And then whining about how I need to write him a good review so he can continue to do business. Gimme a frakkin break.

Anyway, although Cougie is with us and will be with us for a long time (like cockroaches and rats, he might be around long enough to inherit the earth), take solace in the fact that he is going to have to smooch rear on a scale never imagined (in his mind) just to be able to do business on Ebay in any sort of regular fashion. The contortions and frantic actions of Cougie in the months ahead, like the above missive, should provide hours of entertainment to everyone who regularly reads this thread.

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Post Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 11:43 am 
 

Speaking of begging for five stars or none...

I can seem myself doing that in the future.  Four stars does nothing; it HURTS sellers like myself and others.  Reluctantly, this seems to be part of the Brave New World we have entered.  Please remember this as you purchase from reputable Acaeum dealers...seriously.

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Post Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 11:59 am 
 

please forgive the email, its been a long time since I sent notification of despatch emails but i felt i had to do it this week. Your Item(s) have been picked, packed, addresses, stamped, boxed, bagged, written out and loaded onto a van. The rest is up to the couriers, you should receive it soon. I stopped sending these as I lost my old PC, and never recovered my customer lists, and never found the time to send them anyways. But I now find out that ebay are going to be using the sellers feedback AND star ratings to determine sellers ability to stay on ebay. So i am respectfully requesting that, you leave +feedback and all 5 star ratings as long as you feel happy with the service I have offered. While i realise the scale of 1~5 is not very open, anything but a 5 start will result in an average below that allowed to trade successfully on Ebay. This would mean I would not be able to offer the items i have been at the prices I have been ever again. Making ebay either the playground of the big companies or those charity shops that don't need profit to survive.

Those who know me, know that I am a sole trader, a professional, I gave up a managerial job to ebay, and now ebay themselves are, it seems turning on the very people who pay their fees and wages. So i respectfully ask for the 5 stars and +FB on all items , not just one, thinking it will cover all, please. I must admit I rarely did the stars thing, but now it seems so important I will be starting. If you feel that i do not deserve 5 stars on any rating please contact me and let me know what i did wrong, and more importantly what i could do to correct it and make 5 stars happen next time we trade? After all its only by achieving these high stars rating and averaging the feedback wreckers who have previously only bid to be able to leave -FB and 1 star on my feedback account that i will be able to continue atall. I will soon be adding P&P charges to my listings, this will take a while as I have 1200 active listings and 6,000 items in my turbo lister (previously the reasons I never did it, AND that UK PO /Royal mail increase their prices yearly, the last 6,000 item update i did took 18 months? As for communication? well I am on line 24/7 vertually, the PC goes on when I wake up, and only goes off when i go to bed. i answer all emails daily, usually within a few hours even the other side of the world. so I cannot see how comm's can be low starred? Despatch time? I am a sole trader, i do everything, buying, opening, tracking, searching, grading, scanning, listing, pc, selling, picking, packing, addressing, stamping, accounts. etc. I can only do one thing at a time, and if a payment comes as the weekly PO vans leaving I can do nothing about it until next week what ever there's still only a week max between payment clearing and despatch, All despatch items are noted under view item details. I also look after our 19 month old baby girl who still don't sleep all through yet, Packaging? i recycle everything where possible, if its not possible, (too big, too many, not enough boxes) i will use new but I spread the cost out evenly, its not fair that one person should pay the full price of a new box just cos I packed it after another and used the last recycled box. Item description, I have limited time doing everything, my ebay turbo lister has been running slow, and the details occasionally miss something, i am always ready to refund if anything wrong, upon return, as per my terms,.

So you see i hope you can feel happy about giving me 5 stars, even if you were only going for 4 (the extra one WILL help reduce the average of those only out to disrupt things) And if not please contact me.,

I have 1200 items up and running now, as many planned for the next few weeks and with your help (only taking a few minutes please) for the rest of the year and coming months.

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The thing that I find most amazing about this email is the fact that its all about what Dave's buyers are going to have to do, not him.  He makes one reference to a possible change(now actually listing a S&H charge) and thats it, O-N-E.  Everything else is excuses why he has been an ass hole, why he is going to continue to be an ass hole and how the people who buy from him are just going to have to suck it up and change their behaviors so he can continue at the status quo.  



While I am not so naive as to think that this going to kill Dave in the short run, I believe that it will certainly help marginilize him even further and perhaps it will finally force him off the map completely somewhere down the road.  



Just reading this email though, makes me firmly believe that unless something dramatically changes, Dave is going to try and make a go of it and keep things pretty much the same as he has been doing.


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Post Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:12 pm 
 

For laughs, Dave before the Ebay changes:

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Dave after the changes:

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I agreed with bclarkie and Badmike completely.  He ain't leaving, but it is going to be interesting watching him squirm and wail.  I wonder how this drama ends, in flames or with a whimper.  And I wonder how long it's going to be before he seriously considers getting a real job and then realizes that the people he has to work with are within punching distance. 8O   Maybe he'll apply for a job at eBay corporate.  Not that we have to worry.  One written job application and that'll be the end of that. :P

No, I agree he ain't leaving and, unfortunately, he's probably not changing.  He'll adapt as best he can and continue to be a blight upon our hobby.  He'll be a smaller blight, but ever present.  :cry:


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Post Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:30 pm 
 

He'll just use penny auctions to keep his star's up.

  


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Post Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:32 pm 
 

benjoshua wrote:
No, I agree he ain't leaving and, unfortunately, he's probably not changing.  He'll adapt as best he can and continue to be a blight upon our hobby.  He'll be a smaller blight, but ever present.  :cry:


The most unbelieveable thing to me is that just reading Dave's email that it's evident(in case it wasn't evident before) that somewhere in his deluded mind, he actually believes that his customers are supposed to be there for him, not the other way around.  He believes that its their repsonsibility to keep in him in business, not his responsibility to keep them coming back. Its crazy.  PDT_Armataz_01_05

I guess it explains a lot though, as to how and why he acts the way that he does.  He has that "customer service" thing backwards...


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bclarkie wrote:
The most unbelieveable thing to me is that just reading Dave's email that it's evident(in case it wasn't evident before) that somewhere in his deluded mind, he actually believes that his customers are supposed to be there for him, not the other way around.  He believes that its their repsonsibility to keep in him in business, not his responsibility to keep them coming back. Its crazy.  PDT_Armataz_01_05

I guess it explains a lot though, as to how and why he acts the way that he does.  He has that "customer service" thing backwards...


I agree his narcissim has entered realms of the truly deluded, previously inhabited only by hollywood actors, overpaid sports stars, and has been reality show participants. I guess by making him the "star" of his own thread here we contributed to it... :lol:

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Post Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:45 pm 
 

Badmike wrote:
I agree his narcissim has entered realms of the truly deluded, previously inhabited only by hollywood actors, overpaid sports stars, and has been reality show participants. I guess by making him the "star" of his own thread here we contributed to it... :lol:

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I don't think he grasps that the old adage that its better to be "infamous" than it is "not to be known at all" doesn't apply well to the selling business..


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Post Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:02 pm 
 

Cougie's desperate and pathetic plea to be saved by the same customers he's been ripping off for years was the second-funniest thing I've read in quite a while.

BadMike's translation was the funniest. Good work, both of you.   :)

And, man, but it still feels good today to form that mental image of DM Dave staring at his monitor in disbelief yesterday ... as it slowly sunk in that those little orange stars were important and that he would not be a Powerseller by July.

So, Dave ... did the Karma Missile actually hit your house? It's looking like a direct hit from where I'm standing. You're reaping what you've sown, you unspeakable troglodyte.

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About the only part I didn't find laugh-out-loud funny was the part about the baby. I'm more sensitive to this sort of thing now that I'm a father ... but you do not use your children as an excuse. Especially infants or toddlers.

You're just beyond pathetic, Dave. Adjectives eventually fail in trying to describe you ...

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Post Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:36 pm 
 

Badmike wrote:
I agree his narcissim has entered realms of the truly deluded, previously inhabited only by hollywood actors, overpaid sports stars, and has been reality show participants. I guess by making him the "star" of his own thread here we contributed to it... :lol:

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