My buddy Roger, with whom I traveled to La Tomatina a couple of years ago, posted a comment on one of my recent Trippy photos. He made some reference to "getting on the mailing list" so he could do decidedly unfriendly things to the happy, hapless plastic lizard. I saw the comment when it was posted, laughed at it, and thought nothing more about it, particularly since there were no follow-up comments.
Apparently the follow-ups were not in the form of comments, but in direct Flickrmails to Roger! He tells me he received five emails from people chastising him for his comments about Trippy. He said one person even suggested they would be in his part of the country soon and might come to pay him a little visit, to sort things out, as it were. Apparently at least a few of the five said they were going to contact the person who posted the photos (me) and suggest that I block Roger's comments.
I did not receive any such suggestions, nor any emails regarding this issue.
Roger said that the names on the emails matched none of my "regular commenters."
So... who is Trippy's posse? Who is behind his protection racket?
I thought I knew Trippy pretty well, but maybe Trippy is scarier than I imagined.
For the record, Roger and Trippy have never been particularly keen on one another, particularly after Trippy made a move on Roger's lunch in Barcelona one afternoon. Roger has also suggested that he thinks I'm "wasting my photographic skills" on "that stupid lizard." Apparently there's a segment of the Flickr-viewing public who think otherwise, and who will use any means necessary to ensure that Trippy continues to receive the photographic coverage to which he is due.
(I notice Roger has edited his original comment, toning it down a bit. He caved! What a wuss! Or... perhaps he's just sensitive to Trippy's fans.)