Some people go to great lengths to avoid feeling foolish. Like pretending they don't know, for example. Or refusing to see what is crystal clear. Or hunting for explanations to replace "i got taken for a ride". I am beginning to see how it can happen. Perhaps its okay, then, as long as you enjoyed the ride, as long as you know the truth for yourself and can still manage to laugh about it. It's only when one enters the zone of "Denial" that things get messy. And the lines, as always, are very faint.