What is one to say to that? "Why, thank you. And may I say, you have some fine shoelace technique there."
This memory was spurred upon reflecting on the celebrations for Capt. Chesley "Sullie" Sullenberger, the pilot of the airplane that crash-landed in the Hudson. Sure, Captain Sullenberger did a great job, but wasn't this, in fact, his job? So, a pilot landed a plane safely. Whoop-de-do! OK, OK, so it had NEVER been done before. So everybody walked away with at worst minor injuries. So it was "heroic" and "awe-inspiring" and "miraculous." You don't congratulate the deli clerk for slicing the salami, right?
The Solipsist will admit that he has never been one to handle compliments well. He subscribes to the old maxim, "If you can't say something nice about someone. . . .great!" So perhaps the outpouring of adulation is just too much for his cynical mind. To say nothing of the fact that he is concerned at the potential for an upswing in the number of babies christened "Chesley." Still, he would like to compliment all his readers on their unmatched ability to use a keyboard.
Nice tapping everybody!