The Corner


If we have to speak in battleline terms, yes, your loaded asides aid and abet one side even if you’d then duck out for your hammock out of lack of interest. If you really don’t care or really don’t know–or a combination of the two–I’d stay out of it. Not speaking to you, specifically, Derb, or to Cornerites specifically–just voicing what I’d consider a good rule to live by. I’d hope I generally stick to it (though I know I don’t always, and usually regret when I don’t).

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