A mind is a terrible thing to lose

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I usually possess more grace when dealing with trolls of the radio variety but this morning I did not when I reacted to a man, one of the most disrespectful callers I've come across thus far, who behaved like a sexist, calling me "woman" in the same tone that someone uses an expletive, and saying "you're a woman, you're unintelligent." I'll spare you my what-equality-sexism-is-alive-and-well lecture but just know that everyone has their sticking point and this is mine.

I handle these sorts of things, usually, with a grace that sometimes takes a Herculean effort, but nonetheless this was, what I consider, my very first strike. My inbox is filling up with women (and men) who say otherwise and who are pumping their fist in their air via the written word and I appreciate that. Unfortunately, it doesn't help me to feel better (*update. I lied. It it a bit, thank you) because I allowed another person to determine the length of my fuse. I don't want how I react - even if provoked - to conflict with who I am. Balancing who you are with the urge to verbally decimate someone is a trick; not a parlor trick, but some serious David Copperfield stuff. I don't ever want to become that which I abhor just because some sexist baited me into it and I took it because I wanted to show him what-for.

Anyway, I had to get this off my chest because it's bothered me all morning and I wanted to apologize to anyone who may have been taken aback as well as to those who weren't.

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I didn't hear the show this morning, but got a call from Dianne right after the incident.

She wasn't offended, and told me that when he said "woman" in that tone, her immediate thought was "uh oh." Then she turned the radio up.

Thought you'd like to know!

I did hear it this morning.

One thing I've learned from working with dynamite on the farm as a little boy - it doesn't matter how long your fuse is if some idiot insists on using a blowtorch on the dynamite itself.

Frankly, I would have been disappointed if you hadn't taken his butt to the woodshed.

Sexism pushes my buttons too. Sorry you had a rough morning.

You were awesome Dana!

I doubt many would have demonstrated the restraint that you did this morning!

Well, except Jamie... who demonstrates far too much restraint!

You're human. That's the only thing you proved today. And that's OK. I'm glad you are.

Awww MAN! The podcast on 971talk.com doesn't have it. The firewall at my office blocks the site so I can't listen live online (my only option since I live in Nashville). I know you feel bad, but I personally think a mind can be an AWESOME thing to lose. The Tea Parties started with a guy losing his mind on TV, as I recall. Who knows? You may start a movement without even knowing it! ;)

:) Wish I would have heard it. Sorry you feel bad about the incident. It's really ok, but I understand that weird feeling that you get when you feel disappointed with yourself for how you acted. Nothing a side by side shake from steak n' shake won't fix...

I have to say that it was a very entertaining few minutes of radio. When you called the guy a prick, I laughed out loud. I give Jamie a lot of credit for being able to calm the energy down..but I almost wished he hadn't, because you were killing me with the way you let him have it.

My fuse is like that when people eff with Neil.

@BHJ - My fuse is like that when people infiltrate the harmonizing genius that is Crosby, Stills, and Nash.

Damn, I missed it!

You were fine. Honestly, I think he should've been cutoff right then and there and I'm glad you didn't let him get away with it.

The whole thing was really ironic though and no apology needed from you, but I understand why you feel that was and it just shows how much class you really have.

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