One of my faults. One of my big ones. I tend not to take sides in argument. I like to look for the middle ground. But it goes beyond that. Some people have the innate ability find the one thing that would be bad to say upon meeting someone. Other people always seem to decide to do or say something that will really piss people off. Mine is an argumentative side. If you take either side in an argument, I'll pick on you. I don't exactly know why.
I don't think this is an entirely bad thing. During the mod fights on the crack bored a few weeks ago, I truly thought both sides were being childish. In the arguments over the Israel/Palestine conflict that go on in the Politics forum, both sides act like nitwits. Both sides stake out extreme positions based on shaky facts.
In other cases, it gets me in trouble. I chaired a C&T committee in North Idaho for a while. Mostly I ended up pissing everyone off.
Anyway, I've been called on it a couple of times in the last few weeks. Means I probably am doing it more often lately. Means I should probably start paying more attention to that tendency. I'm pretty shitty at recognizing it right away. So it means that I'll probably be making more apologies. I hate making apologies. They are very embarrassing.