I also understand people's frustration with Ruby since you often feel like you're in Quebec and have to point at the menus to order food. At best the locals humor you, at worst they hate you and want to seperate into their own country.
One great thing about working with ThoughtWorks is the diverse opinions on software development subjects. Especially since most TWers are way clever than me, it means I learn a lot just from being a spectator on the sideline while they fight it all out on mailing list!
Recently there is a long discussion about statically/strongly type languages vs. dynamically typed languages, kicked off by Jay Fields. A couple of weeks and 72 emails later, John (QB) Kordyback came up with one of the best and funniest description of Ruby