They're akin to Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers. Or, for you real diehards, the trademark gnat, Alex Burroughs of the Vancouver Canucks. These are the types of players you love to hate. They take cheap shots and then throw their hands up proclaiming innocence. Even though you "hate" them with a passion, you have respect for them. You would take them on your team any day of the week.
In the NBA, they're LeBron James or Kobe Bryant. In baseball, they're the Yankees if you're a Red Sox fan. Or the Red Sox (when they were good), if you're a Yankees fan.
The arrogance of permabulls who have seen their beloved stock return 83%, 114% and 376% over the last one, two and five years, respectively, was out in full force and on proud display before, during and after Microsoft's Surface tablet announcement.It started early in the day with a mid-afternoon Tweet from Dave Pell in San Francisco deploying Twitter for Mac: The Microsoft special announcement is still several hours away. They're waiting for a laptop to reboot. Admittedly, that's pretty funny. It's one of the better pieces of high humor at Microsoft's (MSFT - Get Report) expense from Twitter on Monday. Business Insider's Henry Blodget could barely contain himself, repeatedly referring to the Surface tablet as the "Microsoft iPad." Very original. Even TheStreet's own Robert Weinstein got in on the act with this gem: $MSFT New Microsoft Surface Tablet To Come Pre-Loaded With Solitaire. So very witty. How about a couple more? Here's a Tweet from a guy who claims he has been nominated for an Oscar, Tim Feeny: The new Microsoft Surface is going to revolutionize the way tablets freeze and crash. And, last but not least, from Will Shipley, another San Franciscan using Twitter for Mac: "Guys, we need to build on the incredible success of our 'Surface' brand name to leverage into a new market!" -nobody. Classic. But what does it all mean? I lived in San Francisco between 1999 and 2006. I go back many times a year. That place helped shape who I am. I love it. Now, I live in an equally elitist enclave packed with affluent whites and Asians -- Santa Monica. Unlike the many folks who Tweet on their MacBooks from hipster hangouts such as Ritual Coffee Roasters in the Mac-infested Mission District of San Francisco, I can distinguish who I am at heart and what I love about places like San Francisco and Santa Monica from the reality that exists in most of the rest of the world. We are not a nation (or a world, for that matter) of coffeehouse dwelling, fixed gear-riding, Volvo-driving, well-educated snobs with way too much disposable income.