I did something for the first time last week. It was unplanned but I couldn't help myself. The urge took me and before I had time to stop and have a little think about what this would mean it was done.
I left a comment on a website.
The website in question is one of my favourites, the Huffington Post, and if you don't already look at it every day then start now. Unless you would rather not. This is just a suggestion.
It is my first port of e-call in the morning and on the morning in question I saw a blog post from a man called Paul Carr who describes himself as 'a British author and columnist, currently living in exile in hotels around the world'.
This particular post was entitled The Ten Most Annoying Mistakes Made By Luxury Hotels.
As a regular in such hotels this struck me as something I should read. If you would like to follow in my eyeball footsteps then pressing here will do the trick.
While reading the piece I, predictably, agreed with some points and felt less annoyed by others.
The newish fad of glass being used as walls in preference to non see through materials between bed area and bath/loo area is one of the most silly and unhelpful uses of glass ever.
And I'm a fan of glass, a big fan. I can't get enough of it. I drink out of it almost every day, often I survey landscapes through it while being unaffected by the weather and as a special treat I'll watch You've Been Framed snippets of people running into it
An excellent example of glass being used sensibly
Poor plug placement also makes me angrier than it should. In fact, if any hoteliers read this and are considering building a hotel then please, pretty please, for the love of whatever you love, place a couple of easily accessible plugs by your bedside tables.
However, it was not these that caused me to rant in the comments section. It wasn't any of the top 10. It was the comments section itself.
This poor chap was subjected to a torrent of abuse for daring to write anything critical about luxury hotels when more important things are happening in the world.
An example comment comes from someone called 'farmerlady' who is 'really a blonde - so there'.
I'm not sure what the blonde thing is about but my powers of deduction tell me she is almost certainly female and works within the farming industry.
Here are her thoughts: "I am sure with unemployment and poverty at record highs, we all appreciate a cunning article by a really wealthy British guy on how $300 a night luxury hotels fail to please him. Most tone deaf article evah."
I'm not an enormous fan of that particular spelling of ever but I barely noticed it such were my irritation levels. And these levels grew and grew as I read on - scores of people made similar points and all seemed to think their point was valid.
It isn't valid. It's idiotic.
This article was in the travel section of the site and was labelled very clearly. Anyone not interested could easily have avoided it.
To complain about its content is comparable to walking straight past a 'WARNING - BIG HOLE AHEAD' sign, jumping into the hole and then whinging about being in a hole.
By all means tell Paul he writes badly or that his 10 points are silly or even that you don't much like his haircut.
But to chastise him for writing about something other than poverty or unemployment is to chastise everyone who ever does anything that falls outside that which is vitally important.
Of course this piece doesn't tackle a vital issue but if everyone only wrote about the really important stuff then oh me oh my would reading become dull.
And what of those people who like to travel to nice hotels, must we not write for them? Should all reviews of posh hotels simply tell readers just to be pleased to have a roof over their head?
Should travel agents, hoteliers and tour operators throw away their brochures, forget their expertise and opinions and instead offer clients 'somewhere to stay that costs a lot of money, you lucky people, so if you complain about anything it means you don't care about starving Africans'?
There's a comments section on here which you are very welcome to use farmerlady. But if you must be mean please be mean in a constructive fashion.