A brief coda that might be of interest to yinz - the czarina was surprised at the way I handled it - firmly but politely. I'm not even that nice to customers at the bucks.
She asked me, "I handed it to you because I thought you would be funny and mean to them about it."
But I couldn't have been. It would have been like being mean to myself six years ago.
She then said, "I'm sorry. If I'd known, I would have let them have it, after what they did to my husband."
She knows what I went through. Not many do. It was bad. Really bad. No wonder I am so messed up still about it. I mean, I was frightened of them - frightened! Me! I've been hit. I've hit back. I don't know what I was frightened of or why.
But it was fear - and I conquered it. And YOU CAN TOO! All you lurkers, when the worst is over, you will have won against them! Don't let the fear overwhelm you!
Thank you all for your congratulations. I wonder if they will be back. I'll be ready to break their beliefs across my knee if they do.