RK knows what's up and frankly, sir/madam, the fact you claimed to know hilarious stories about us but when pressed had nothing to say first-hand doesn't surprise us, it is par for the course.
Might RK clue you in to the fact all those who allegedly have such stories, like you formerly claimed, are just like you in the fact what they know only worthless innuendo at best, and at worse only complete bullshit.
RK is bored of being skewered by one-eyed midgets, whose flapping jaws recount and relate "hilarious stories" that are nothing but lies and crapola.
This discussion board has been online for years and in that time others have, again like you, claimed to know all about RK and all the supposedly heinous and dastardly things we have done.
What a bunch liars, and an even bigger bunch of gullible suckers who are so afraid of truth and fact they are willing to shoot the messenger before even knowing who or what that messenger is.
Let RK also clue you into another piece of reality: the original RK basher is none other than michael, little lord, franses who became so concerned that RK had moved from NY to London in 1978/9, and in the process learned much about the London rug world, that franses started shitting in his cheap pants.
To then prevent RK from making larger in-roads franses started spreading these stupid rumors and gossip about us -- we were a homo, we were a drug addict, we were a pimp -- unbelievable bullshit but it worked.
And do you know why?
Simple because RK decided not to try and prove to anyone how fallacious and stupid these rumors were.
Big mistake that RK has not repeated, and that's why when the internet came along RK carved out our niche and started dishing back.
But we dished back fact, not slander and defamation like little lord franses's piss-poor morals and puny intellect allowed him to perpetrate.
Naturally the story is more complex than this brief encapsulation.
For instance, franses then enlisted the help of a well-known German rug dealer, and a somewhat less well-known Austrian one, who soon joined forces with him to prevent RK's interests in doing rug business in those countries from blossoming.
So, in fact, alot of the original defamatory bullshit franses started is still today being passed around by ruggies, like you, who know more about their mailman than they do RK.
We should also mention the long line of rug dealers who have used our friendship as a one-way street, and even worse used it to cheat and thieve from us.
When RK likes someone we trust those we like but, as soon as we learn of their thieving and cheating agenda, we read them the riot act, get back what they took if possible, and walk never talking or dealing with them again.
Just like that moke, paul romero, who agreed to pay for our help and expertise but then, when it came time to pay up, tried to bamboozle us.
Sure in his case a few hundred is not a big thing but his disavowal of his word and promise is.
The rug business, like any other business, is full of small-minded arseholes, cheats and petty con men and trust us we have had run-ins with almost all of them.
Naturally, just like a woman scorned, a thief caught in the act and busted becomes an enemy.
And because RK will not work with or fraternize with:
petty thieves(like romero),
larger ones like dodds,
or the types of low-level petty thieves and con-man rugDUMB spawns like salmon in the spring, like a frauenknecht,
these and other equally a sleazy and immoral douche-bag garbage have spread more stories that are equally as ridiculous and absurd as those franses started spinning 25 plus years ago.
NB: By recounting this RK is not looking for sympathy or a crying-towel, far from it.
After reading your email, and several others that have littered our discussion board recently, we decided it might be time to briefly reveal the underlying facts of how and why RK became the big bad boogie man to a bunch of ignorant, gullible slobs who are too lazy and stupid to understand what we do, and why we do it.
Remember what we wrote the other day: It is far easier to chuck insults at RK than to act on the facts of our positions let alone drain the swamp called rugDUMB that is led by:
1. cheats and liars like dodds;
2. pompous over-arched allegedly "renown" experts like thompson;
3. stuffed-shirt big talk no walk arseholes like bruce baganz the chairman of the board of the textile museum;
4. do nothing academics like dan walker;
5. dumbass publishers and editors like those who now fly their flags on hali's masthead;
6. know-nothing schmucks like tom hubbard and the rest of acor's board;
7. see no evil, hear no evil, speak mealy-mouthed bullshit like 90 plus percent of the international board of icoc.
So, mynamedoesntmatter, RK is saving the best for last, and for you:
The contempt we hold for those mentioned above, and others we have not bothered to enumerate, is not quite as great as the contempt and disgust we harbor for all you nameless, chicken-shit, stooges who have not only allowed this situation to happen but, even worse now that RK has exposed so much for all to see, remained silent.
Or, and this is truly unfathomable, for those of you who play the shoot the messenger game and accuse RK of such unimaginable crimes and acts against rugDUMB instead of taking aim at the true culprits.
Dont forget -- Silence is consent and since not one warm body in rugDUMB has done anything other than consent to what is happening you all deserve much worse than the tongue-lashing RK has administers.
You wrote: "Why dont'cha recount some of those alleged "hilarious stories" and regale RK's audience with them. You also wrote: "RK is positive you know absolutely nothing about us first-hand, and what you do know is nothing but half-baked second-hand bullshit innuendo."
You are correct in that the hilarious stories I refered to are ones that I have been told by others. I have only one semi-hilarious one to relate, but I generally prefer discussing ideas rather than character or characters. That being said, I like a good laugh as well as anybody and I expect, people being people (with I one of them), that there are many more stories about you that others will regale me with as time goes on. Other than the semi-hilarious one that I can attest to, I don't know for certain that any of the others are true. But, then again, I have never said that they are.
I do believe that I know two things about you. One is that you have contributed in an important way to the appreciation of rugs and textiles as true Art. The other is not positive and thus I feel no desire to state it for you or followers of this site. In any event, it is rather obvious.