Well, at least now I know how to pronounce @Bass X0 's screen name. ^^' Rather, I think I'd just forgotten. In my defense, it really does look like an emoticon or maybe just "decoration", which is what a lot of folks add to their screen names online. Usually because someone has the name they really want. XD
"One strategy for dealing with a narcissist or sociopath is to act like a "gray rock," meaning that you become uninteresting and unresponsive. You don't feed their needs for drama or attention. You don't show emotion, say anything interesting, or disclose any personal information"