***********Originally Posted by cheekychook;3636173;
Ok, I have to point out again that I never met or knew anything about Cheeky until a few weeks ago. We have exchanged at most a half dozen pm's during that time. But it is very interesting that we often post the same information, as do others, yet coming at it from completely different angles.
When I first heard about Ed urinating on the sidewalk outside his bar, I thought it was crazy talk. Nobody else had reported it to my knowledge. So I asked a reliable guy, a lawyer in Chicago who is a trusted friend, to drop by for a drink and chat up the bartenders and manager to see what the deal was. He called me the next day laughing about what a jerk this guy Ed was, how he had gotten drunk and rowdy, and was told he wasn't welcome there.
Then I read a post from someone who says they are a bartender at one of the 10,000 bars in Chicagoland and they didn't hear it so it must not be true. Seriously?
Then someone else I don't know says that they know someone talked to someone at the bar and Ed can come back. Ok, fine.
I don't necessarily care about how things have settled down and whether Ed is or is not now - today - welcome at his lame karaoke bar.
But I do resent the implication that it was fiction and I posted a lie.
To my knowledge, I have posted more details - good or bad - about multiple aspects of this show than anyone who sits on the sidelines and throws spitballs. Why I care enough to chase down facts on a TV show is a mystery to me, my friends, and family.
And while I'm on my tirade, let me add that the recent suggestions that the torrent of negative information about Ed is just a diversion from the sins of Wes is ridiculous. Who even remembers Wes, other than his supposed girlfriend who stepped up to defend him - uh, an endorsement still lacking from the Chicago 3 in Ed's case. Their situations are unrelated.
And to those who would say that exposing Ed is an attempt to bring down the franchise, let me remind you that we all are very interested in this franchise, watch it religiously, and would like to keep it around for entertainment value - albeit in a more honest format.
So challenge me all you want on specific facts, if you've done your homework, because I'm very open to learning. But spare me the "thet jest don't make sinse" messages if you haven't put in the time or have the relationships that I worked to develop.
Thank you, and I apologize to the extent I sound angry. I guess we all have a breaking point.