Ivana,

Whoa, slow down there. I truly hope you did not think I was serious. Even if I had the first clue how to go about getting a trademark or copyright protection (which I most definitely do not), or could afford a lawyer to do it for me (which I most definitely cannot), I would never in a million years do that to anyone, let alone someone who just paid me a very nice compliment. I was just trying to be funny and clearly, as per my usual MO, I was failing. My little humorous aside was my thank you gift to you for the nice thing you said about my post. Obviously it is not worth much, actually zero is about the market value, but at the moment it is all I have to give. In my head I was picturing you at least smiling as you read it and thought to myself, job well done Dan. The trademark/copyright thing is a running gag I have been using in many of my articles since almost the very first day I got in this site. See this blatant rip off of a The Onion type article I wrote a long time ago.

Never did I imagine you would consider me serious and be angry and upset. Typical me though, always doing/saying the exact opposite of the correct or normal. I used to just never say anything, in words or in writing. In a lot of ways it was better because these sorts of misunderstandings didn’t happen. I forgot how shitty it feels when I say or do something really stupid. Of course I have continued to say and do really stupid things at the same rapid pace as usual but for whatever reason I have not paid the price for them until now. I am going to shut up now before I say something else dumb. My sincere apologies for any offense given. It was not intended or desired in the least.

Research scientist (Ph.D. micro/mol biology), Thought middle manager, Everyday junglist, Selecta (Ret.), Boulderer, Cat lover, Fish hater

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