The politics of punctuation
It all began with a knock on the door. Given where we live, I wasn't surprised. It was only a matter of time before someone wanted me to answer a few questions. Is this your blog? Politics, as ever, is a delicate topic no matter where you live.
But this time it wasn’t the politics of ideology and a Communist government still feeling its way with foreigners. This time it was the politics of theft. The knock was the realization my domain name had been hijacked and was being held for ransom to the highest bidder.
After a complicated struggle and a twist of Machiavellian creativity, it was over. I no longer own buffalosurf.com but rather buffalo-surf.com. A “consulting” company in Australia owns the blog’s original name. I own the hyphen.
And in politics, perspective is everything.
Who knows? Maybe one day I’ll own an umlaut.
* I heartily thank the annoyed readers who sent emails, demanding to know where Buffalo Surf disappeared to. I hope you—and them—continue reading.