But point taken, Steve.
I have tried to remember all the sites where I have left any nasty comment so far in April and I have gone back to them and removed the comments. This is not an attempt to send them down the memory-hole; I am not denying that I wrote those comments. I did write them. What I'm saying is I think Steve was right to point out that it was pretty bogus of me to announce that I would refrain from any boorishness in April and then just be even more boorish and uncivil in my comments.
So I removed those April comments as a good faith gesture; as an indication that my Renunciation of All Boorishness for the Month of April has now been expanded to my comments on all of your blogs. (As far as I can tell, there is no way to delete your comment from a Wordpress blog; so, Wordpress bloggers, any nasty April comments I made are still there; you can delete them yourselves if you'd like to contribute to this month-long effort to Increase The Civility.)
This may leave me with very little to say when I visit your blogs, of course. I was never one for leaving short, sweet "good job on the PR!"-type comments. I can recall a time when I did leave such a comment at a blog whose owner was used to my boorish comments and the blogger in question contacted me privately asking, "What have you done with the real Glaven?" I don't want to throw people, so I may comment minimally for the rest of this month. But even if I don't comment on your blog much in April, rest assured I am still reading.
Further expansion of Genteel April, Stylistic Tics Division
One of the most annoying things I do on my blog — it is the single greatest source of complaints from commenters — is resort to using footnotes — often long, tedious and irrelevant ones. As stated in my previous post, that is my DFW homage, and I am the first to admit that it has become something of a textual tic in my posts. I think my writing is destined never to improve if I keep on relying on the same facile crutches; and I would like to see it improve, if only a little bit. When I first resolved in my mind to make April Genteel, I thought one of the first things that needed to go was the footnotes. But I didn't say that in the post in which I announced Genteel April and, in my first April post, I made generous use of that loophole and use six footnotes.
I am, it seems, no good at policing myself so I have to write it out so that the rest of you (mostly Steve, I suspect) can call me on it: No more footnotes in April!
Now that the cheering has died down ...
I have to leave for my third running of the annual D&R Canal 5k. A race report will be forthcoming, either tomorrow or later today.
O, and I guess I should also issue a blanket apology to all on whose blogs I left uncivil comments this month: Sorry, folk!