When I heard about the Arnold Schwarzenegger scandal, I wasn’t at all surprised at his behavior. Just like I can’t help but associate Richard Gere with gerbils (sorry, Richard) and Mel Gibson with anti-Semitism, to me Schwarzenegger will forever be associated with groping.
What does surprise me is how far Schwarzenegger went to keep all of his indiscretions hidden. I just read an article on the Daily Beast that claimed Schwarzenegger hired an attorney who would discredit the women who accused Schwarzenegger of groping. He also hired a private investigator to protect him from any potential scandals. And apparently, through some complicated transaction, Schwarzenegger even became the executive editor of certain tabloid magazines so he could control any content that might expose him.
This terrifies me. If his scandal could leak despite all of these precautions, then I’m totally screwed. I might as well just come clean.
Like many scandals, mine takes place in a hotel room.
A few weeks ago, my friend texted me a picture of this sign from her hotel room:
She asked whether the sign was grammatically incorrect because it asked “would you please consider using your towel more than once,” but it didn’t end in a question mark.
I said it was.
Well, I was wrong.
I just read this in Punctuation Plain & Simple: “A rhetorical question, which may be simply a polite request, ends with a period.”
This was the example it gave:
Will you please forward our mail to the new address.
Maybe I didn’t know this because my requests are rarely polite.
I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family regarding my mistake. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused.
Will you please accept my apology.