OH OH! If Bob hates emoticons, he must really hate my posts. I use them, basically, because I have a fear my words alone, without the benefit of facial expression and vocal inflection, will be misinterpreted as having an emotional character not intended.
Sorry, Bob. Not sorry I use them, but sorry if they drive you crazy (in your honor, I am resisting the impulse to use the "crazy" emoticon here). (And now, I'm resisting using the smiling emoticon which would demonstrate I am not angry, upset, or offended and intend no offense). GAAAAAHHHHH! See what I mean? (insert frown emo.........oh nevermind!)