So I sighed and went back to the beginning. :)
I know I have the option to make friends-only posts. And I've thought about it before.
I also know, though, that there are people who like to read my posts who don't have LJ accounts.
I know, too, that if you post anything on the Internet, you'd best be prepared to answer for it and to it. What's the old saying? "Don't write anything in electronic media you wouldn't want your mother to read." The idea, of course, is that all things eventually make it public. :)
So I don't use Friends-Only. I don't use the Private function. What you see is the complete picture, no matter how messed up it may look. . .
At this point, there's nothing I write that I'm not willing to let anyone read.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled craziness. :)