After a long hiatus, Gray Roberge returns to blogging. And his first post after declaring his return lambasts Flyertalkers and travel bloggers for caring about their travel experiences on the days before and after the anniversary of September 11, failing to appreciate its importance, and being overall self-centered on the important occasion.
Here’s what he had to say about yours truly.
And finally, the King of Excess Himself, His Holiness Gary Leff of View From the Wing, writes on September 12 with a speculation of whether a double elite qualifying mile promo may occur. Just a few days before, he got in one of his trite cracks at unions, one of American industry’s main checks on corporate greed.
And since he criticizes my blog posts a week before and a day after September 11, just how was Mr. Roberrge handling the occasion on his blog?
I was not yet back to blogging on September 11 (chuggin’ on those med school apps)
Well, gee, you know what they say about glass houses.
Now, I didn’t post on September 11th. This is not a political blog. There was no shortage of commentary from all sides on the occasion marking the date. Many lives were lost on September 11th. Many lives were lost in the response to September 11th. All deserve commemoration. And to my mind the way that the hackneyed phrase about the terrorists not winning becomes true is by continuing to live our lives. And by not reaching back a week prior September 11th to snarkily claim I’m bashing unions in a post where I talk about service levels across various airlines and suggest that union rules may be one part of the equation for US airlines but explicitly not the main driver of differences.
He thinks September 11th means that greed is bad, and materialism is unseemly, and the rhetoric evokes more of an aesthetic dislike for certain behaviors than a utilitarian one, but I’ll leave aside the analysis of his political philosophy or what in the world his entreaties to folks to be charitable (donating miles to families trying to reach the Mayo Clinic) — however noble — has to do with September 11th.
And while he bashes me without any knowledge of my charitable giving, I’d happily compare with his. If American Express wants my tax returns as a condition of doing business with them, and I willingly provide them, I suppose I shouldn’t be shy about such things with the world.
I find it especially ironic that Gray’s calls for acting charitably come in one of the least charitable posts towards fellow bloggers that I’ve seen in recent memory, at least among bloggers who write priarily about travel rather than politics. But I’ll leave it to him to ask himself why that is.
Now that the Wing and a Prayer blog has taken his MCAT and applied to medical school, maybe he’ll have some time to work on his bedside manner.