Monday, June 6, 2011

The Critic

You can't please everybody.  How many times have I heard that?  How many times have I been accused of being a people pleaser?  Guilty as charged.  But there are some things that I won't budge on.  Take the last blog about my favorite son-in-law, Vlad Dorofeev. 

I love and respect Vlad.  He's a good man with a good heart who has a 4-year-old that's full of thunder and a newborn that leaves him little time for himself.  Vlad laces up his running shoes as often as he can for some me time.

The Czarina sent me the picture last Friday of the worn out papa sleeping on the couch instead of getting in some miles.  She even suggested it would be good material for a blog.  The Czarina saw humor in the situation and so did I.

Last night after a long night of producing I sat down and pounded out a few words about Vlad's training efforts or lack thereof.  It was short and to the point.  I informed the Czarina this morning of my latest blog entry which she promised to read.

It didn't take long for the phone to ring.  The Czarina pronounced that my writing efforts had fallen short.  The blog simply wasn't funny enough.  She suggested it needed some punching up.  I declined. 

Then later in the day I received another phone call.  Now she was calling me out on accuracy.  You have to understand English is the Czarina's third language, not even second, falling behind Russian and Latvian.  She believed I hadn't made it clear that Andrei now runs.  I disagreed with her argument.  She again insisted on a re-write.  It's not going to happen.

I've written plenty of flat out lousy copy during my years of producing television news.  But I'm not going to take writing criticism from someone who would spend at least an hour to type what I've so far put down in this blog in five minutes.  I've not going to take criticism from someone who makes a running fashion statement with this before a marathon.  Nope, not going to do it!


  1. Vlad should consider himself lucky. I still vividly recall when I was 17 and you told my girlfriend (also 17) that she was too heavy to reach her running potential. That went over real well.

  2. I noticed that writers have a tendency to sacrifice facts for the sake of the story.
    Fact #1:
    "The Czarina wasn't a runner when I met her, Andrei never ran".
    One needs to listen... When I called you I wanted to make clear for your story that Andrei RAN - I said you he ran in Rockhurst HS. So "Andrei never ran" is not true.

    Fact #2:
    3rd language. " She believed I hadn't made it clear that Andrei now runs". I never said that. I can read English "They all run and as chronicled in earlier blogs they even like to race from time to time".

    And on the final note - the fashion statement kept my neck cool and helped to qualify for Boston ( unlike somebody else who refused my innovation)

    BTW this writing took me 7 minutes - 5 for writing and 2 for thinking.