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Old 10-07-2009, 07:59 PM   #21
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bbb, you know the men on this board will go into mourning if you ever leave!!! Your boots are NOT made for walking! And I would miss you too!!
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:06 PM   #22
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...There are several people who are the backbone of this forum and Dex is/was one of them. (Listen up Nords, Martha, Want2retire, CuppaJoe, REWahoo to name but a few.) I truly hope that this of his chosing and not something more sinister....
I participated in three or four other boards before coming here; just intended to lurk here, reading.

Lurking lasted about three days, then I posted saying I'd like to "have coffee" with you guys and gals until I retire; then I retired and got this volunteer gig. I may well have left when the market dived just because it got so gloomy here but the gig kept me here, uh, "listening."

I left other boards for a variety of reasons: one was too religious/touchy feely, one sort of disintegrated with the guy who ran it insulting most of the posters, others were just too inactive. If you have left another forum, why?
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:12 PM   #23
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One way you can help members feel like they are important is using the "thanks" feature when someone offers what you feel is a particularly helpful or insightful post. I think this helps both our long-time posters and newbies feel good about the time they spend here.

I think of many of you as my friends and I am glad that I can pay back this group with my time as a volunteer moderator. It makes me feel good to know that I am helping to keep this place so much fun by putting in my time as a mod. I know that I am far more grateful to those emeritus mods now than I ever was before.

But as for the OP--I suspect sometimes people just don't find this place relevant any more, no hidden plots or other exciting stories, more just the prosaic demands on the other side of the computer keyboard.
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:27 PM   #24
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It would be great to know where some folks went off to...

If memory serves, I joined for a little while, took a brief sabbatical for personal reasons, then came back "full time". Some of you may have rued that day!

I don't remember if I let anyone know about my brief time out. If I didn't, sorry 'bout dat.
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:32 PM   #25
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If memory serves, I joined for a little while, took a brief sabbatical for personal reasons, then came back "full time". Some of you may have rued that day!

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Rued which day? j/k I think I knew you were taking time off but don't remember now what you said to give that impression.
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I have been posting since the Pleistocene starting with bulletin boards and later usenet. I have left some forums because of testosterone overload.
Sometimes I sign off, sometimes I just go away.
If I leave here, I'll probably announce it.
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:38 PM   #27
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Rued which day? j/k I think I knew you were taking time off but don't remember now what you said to give that impression.
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:45 PM   #28
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Khan has had the answer all along:
"Knowin' no one nowhere's gonna miss us when we're gone..."

I recently had a vivid premonition of impending death. No idea where it came from, but it shook me soundly. This is fascinating (as Spock would say) considering my personal outlook (which I will not share as it will offend many). Is this the subconscious reflecting on mortality as I get older, or what? (I don't do "or what", by the way, so I figgur it is something scurrying around in the midbrain.)

I like hanging around here, myself. I enjoy the eccentrics and there are a few that I am sad have been chased away. If a few months go by without a random blurt from The Gypsy, assume that the ticker stopped ticking.

Either that or the moderators finally scrooched me. ;-)

NOTE: WHOA! Not trying to alarm anyone! I am like Harry Truman--Old Nick is going to have to take me by force. I just had this intense flash recently. It did get me to thinking about taking care of loose ends and such. Sort of 'Memento Mori'. The subconscious sneaks up on you, doesn't it?
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:12 PM   #29
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I completely abandoned one forum because the tone of the conversation became unattractive (lots of rants, bullying, paranoia and a complete lack of consideration for others). And I am moving away from another forum because the discussion is becoming stale.

I have my ups and down with this forum. I do take short breaks on occasion, but so far I have always come back. For one thing, the posts on this board are often well written, informative, cordial, entertaining and/or relevant. It sets this community apart from other message boards IMO. I often wonder how this board manages to avoid turning to garbage, like so many other boards have, given the fact that it's open to anyone with a computer and an internet connection. Then there is the human dimension. It's a small community with lots of friendly people. OK, there are a few people I cannot stand, but I probably like 95% of the regular contributors, many with whom I do not agree on a lot of issues but whose opinion I respect. I think that the moderators do a great job keeping the conversation civil, which is very important to me.

If I ever leave, I'll definitely announce it.
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Well, Goonie came back after an announced departure, and I for one am glad about that. Always enjoy the adventures of Goonie.

Now if we could just get FD, CFB, Dex, LG4NB, FR, and a few others back...

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Old 10-08-2009, 12:58 AM   #31
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I live alone. I am seeking social interaction most of the time. Almost all my life I lived with others. So I may spend most of my time out in the world, or reading on topics which are verboten here, but it is nice for me to come home, and while I fix dinner or whatever see what people have to say.

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Old 10-08-2009, 08:45 AM   #33
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Haven't been here much lately because DH and I have been focused on fixing up the rental place. Therefore, much of my internet time is spent on things like how to install floor tile. Plus, I just haven't had too much to say related to retirement and investing lately.

If I did decide to leave, I doubt I would make a formal announcement. Mainly because I might change my mind, want to come back, but feel foolish doing so after writing a farewell message.

BTW, It's been almost a year since CFB left. Sure do miss him. Miss Lazy too.
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It's possible that they've been invited to leave, too. Every once in a while I'll have a "Whatever happened to?" moment and be unable to find their name in the member list.

I'll announce my departure... or spouse will post my obit. It's part of my "If I wake up dead" letter.
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...I recently had a vivid premonition of impending death. No idea where it came from, but it shook me soundly. ...

... I just had this intense flash recently. It did get me to thinking about taking care of loose ends and such. Sort of 'Memento Mori'. The subconscious sneaks up on you, doesn't it?
Wow. This hit home as several nights ago I too had the MOST vivid dream in which I apparently met my demise. Very detailed, but I woke up just before the deadly deed. Very disturbing, even now.
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Iīve just posted that I feel old. Please stop posting about suddenly disappearing members and their reasons for this being maybe ......
If something terrble happens to me-my wife doesnīt know any English.

Let me tell you that this forum occupies a very useful and healthy part of my daily existence.
Thank you all so much.

I regret not having the IT savvy to do all you can do by means of this forum.

If you donīt hear from me for a few days donīt start mourning. Chances are that my PC has broken down, yet again. Like this week.
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Iīve just posted that I feel old. Please stop posting about suddenly disappearing members and their reasons for this being maybe ......
If something terrble happens to me-my wife doesnīt know any English.

Let me tell you that this forum occupies a very useful and healthy part of my daily existence.
Thank you all so much.

I regret not having the IT savvy to do all you can do by means of this forum.

If you donīt hear from me for a few days donīt start mourning. Chances are that my PC has broken down, yet again. Like this week.
Will be waiting for your posts after the dentist visit next week - Looking forward to that being an uneventful experience for you!
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I darenīt even dream of the experience -having 10 teeth pulled out and 4 screws in their place- being "uneventful"
My dentist has very nice bedside manners...but being a dentist...
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