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MrKnowItAll 01-10-2019 12:13 AM

Clearly, I've been gone too long...
 
I've ventured back hoping to see some old friends. Except for a handful of familiar names, most of you are unfamiliar to me. As far as I'm concerned, that essentially makes me a newbie. Be gentle.

This evening I chanced upon the In Memoriam thread, and unfortunately I saw a lot of old familiar names there. Some I knew and expected, and others that I didn't realize were gone.

Anyway, just wanted to say, "hi" and let anyone that remembers me know that I'm back. If you don't know me, let me just clear this up up-front. The screen name is meant self-deprecatingly. I'm really not that full of myself.

Usually.

Beckdawrek 01-10-2019 12:15 AM

Hi. Nice to meet you.

MrKnowItAll 01-10-2019 01:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Beckdawrek (Post 21422143)
Hi. Nice to meet you.

Likewise!

Beckdawrek 01-10-2019 01:52 AM

I like your avatar. Any stories for that?
I see you're in the thread games a few times, I'll see you around there, for sure.

Skywatcher 01-10-2019 02:35 AM

Hello, fellow '99er.

AHunter3 01-10-2019 04:11 AM

I remember seeing your screen name, although I don't have a really vivid sense of what your posts were like.

MrKnowItAll 01-10-2019 06:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Beckdawrek (Post 21422204)
I like your avatar. Any stories for that?

He's the title character from the Edward Gorey story The Doubtful Guest. I'm a bit of a Gorey fan.

MrKnowItAll 01-10-2019 06:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AHunter3 (Post 21422272)
I remember seeing your screen name, although I don't have a really vivid sense of what your posts were like.

It has been a while. And I was never as gregarious as some of our other contemporaries.

MrKnowItAll 01-10-2019 06:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Skywatcher (Post 21422225)
Hello, fellow '99er.

Hi, Sky!

not what you'd expect 01-10-2019 06:21 AM

Well, I'm terribly disappointed that you don't really know it all, but hello anyway.

:)

Gyrate 01-10-2019 06:41 AM

Welcome back. Since you've been away the messageboard has evolved into a forum for sophisticated and erudite discussion, filled with whimsical rhetorical badinage and intellectual debate.

Just kidding - it's still the same arena for puerile blathering and rampant abuse of strangers as the rest of the internet, only with better spelling and fewer kitten pictures.

Sunspace 01-10-2019 07:38 AM

Welcome back! Would you like some ice cream? I promise we won't have any problems with it this time.

Jumpbass 01-10-2019 09:59 AM

Did you bring pie?

burpo the wonder mutt 01-10-2019 10:09 AM

Be careful; we have another gnoitall and you know what will happen if the two of you post in the same thread?

"Annihilation, Jim. Total, complete, absolute annihilation."

(The answer: claim you're Bullwinkle.)

muldoonthief 01-10-2019 10:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MrKnowItAll (Post 21422326)
He's the title character from the Edward Gorey story The Doubtful Guest. I'm a bit of a Gorey fan.

So we're stuck with you until at least 2036 then?

Tim R. Mortiss 01-10-2019 10:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MrKnowItAll (Post 21422326)
He's the title character from the Edward Gorey story The Doubtful Guest. I'm a bit of a Gorey fan.

I recognized it immediately. I'm another fan. My favorite is The Gashlycrumb Tinies.

silenus 01-10-2019 10:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gyrate (Post 21422356)

Just kidding - it's still the same arena for puerile blathering and rampant abuse of strangers as the rest of the internet, only with better spelling and fewer kitten pictures.

Only because we can't post images!

MrKnowItAll 01-10-2019 10:25 AM

Ah, what a warm welcome. I have to admit, though, that I forgot the pie. Maybe next time I go away and come back.

Quimby 01-10-2019 10:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Skywatcher (Post 21422225)
Hello, fellow '99er.

March of 99. I'm just a kid being from May of 99 and all...

Sunspace 01-10-2019 10:39 AM

Pi? I'm a Tau-ist. :)

Doctor Jackson 01-10-2019 03:19 PM

Actually, it's all the same folks from before you left, we just each changed our screen name as a practical joke on you!

HA! Ain't we funny?

Snowboarder Bo 01-10-2019 04:35 PM

Welcome back, MrKnowItAll!

Chronos 01-10-2019 04:42 PM

Sir, I exist!

Sunny Daze 01-10-2019 06:24 PM

Welcome back. As you can see, we've added avatars. I understand the smilies now suck. Ed is gone. Use the old Board format, not the new one. Anyone else got any details to fill in?

RadioWave 01-10-2019 06:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sunny Daze (Post 21423767)
Welcome back. As you can see, we've added avatars. I understand the smilies now suck. Ed is gone. Use the old Board format, not the new one. Anyone else got any details to fill in?

Did he leave before or after naked Tuesdays became mandatory?

Baker 01-10-2019 09:04 PM

Does he have to go through the goat ceremony again?

Seriously, welcome back. You were on here even before I was!

MrKnowItAll 01-10-2019 09:16 PM

It's great to see some familiar names again. And I look forward to getting to know the rest of you guys.

Northern Piper 01-10-2019 09:41 PM

Welcome back, welcome back, Mr Kotter KnowItAll!

MrKnowItAll 01-10-2019 09:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Northern Piper (Post 21424041)
Welcome back, welcome back, Mr Kotter KnowItAll!

Well, the names have all changed since I been around...

Sunspace 01-10-2019 10:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RadioWave (Post 21423772)
Did he leave before or after naked Tuesdays became mandatory?

Naked Tuesdays are strictly optional, in Canada in winter.

Happy Lendervedder 01-10-2019 10:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sunny Daze (Post 21423767)
Welcome back. As you can see, we've added avatars. I understand the smilies now suck. Ed is gone. Use the old Board format, not the new one. Anyone else got any details to fill in?

Well we had our first black president. And then Donald Trump, yes that Donald Trump, became president after that.

Gatopescado 01-10-2019 11:03 PM

crap

rbroome 01-12-2019 09:12 PM

I think I remember your handle.
Welcome (back) to the Dope.
We need all the help we can get to fight the ignorance. It is taking LOTS longer than anyone imagined!

MrKnowItAll 01-12-2019 09:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sunny Daze (Post 21423767)
Welcome back. As you can see, we've added avatars. I understand the smilies now suck. Ed is gone. Use the old Board format, not the new one. Anyone else got any details to fill in?

Waitaminute. I missed that before. Ed is gone?!?!?

Clearly, I now need to do some archive diving....

Sunspace 01-13-2019 09:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Happy Lendervedder (Post 21424138)
Well we had our first black president. And then Donald Trump, yes that Donald Trump, became president after that.

But then things changed again. US currency no longer has fine print in Chinese; our former overlords the Drones have receded in favour of robot dogs, regular cats, and self-driving cars; Canada has formed a free-trade alliance with 13 other Pacific Rim nations, the Moon, Vesta, and Asgard; and the War still hasn't started.

Beckdawrek 01-13-2019 10:19 AM

It's all the same, difference.;)

Kent Clark 01-13-2019 06:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MrKnowItAll (Post 21427476)
Waitaminute. I missed that before. Ed is gone?!?!?

Clearly, I now need to do some archive diving....

Yes, and there is a bit of a story there. As you may recall, the board, and Cecil himself, were originally owned by an alternative newspaper, Chicago Reader.

The Reader (including the board) was sold several times (2007, 2009, 2012) and went through a few changes. One of them was a very, very bad idea called "pay to post," which some oldtimers say it never recovered from. Another was to try localized forums. The only one that got off the ground was a Chicago-specific forum, which putted along for awhile, but never really drew a crowd.

Meanwhile, the Reader was bought by the Chicago Sun-Times. "Huzzah!" we exclaimed. At last a stable, established ownership. Maybe they will capitalize on the Straight Dope brand, market the board more aggressively, synergize with the newspaper, etc. It didn't really work out that way.

Finally, last year, the Reader was sold to the publishing group that owns the Chicago Crusader. But for some reason that was never explained to us, the sale didn't include The Straight Dope brand, including the column and message board.

This led to some immediate changes. Cecil Adams, who no longer had a home for his column, retired. This is why the Straight Dope home page features old columns, but no longer has new material. At the same time, Ed chose to "pursue other opportunities." This led to an agonizing several days when no one seemed to know what the future would bring. Fortunately, The Powers That Be appointed long-time member and behind-the-scenes-master TubaDiva as the new administrator.

So, to sum up, Cecil's gone, Ed is gone, the Chicago Reader is gone, TubaDiva is the new sheriff and the Board abides.

Oh, and if you use a phone, there's a mobile-friendly version of the Board. But since I don't, I can't tell you much about it.

Gyrate 01-14-2019 04:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sunspace (Post 21427930)
But then things changed again. US currency no longer has fine print in Chinese; our former overlords the Drones have receded in favour of robot dogs, regular cats, and self-driving cars; Canada has formed a free-trade alliance with 13 other Pacific Rim nations, the Moon, Vesta, and Asgard; and the War still hasn't started.

...and then the dinosaurs came, but they got too big and fat, so they all died and they turned into oil. And then the Arabs came and they bought Mercedes Benzes. And Prince Charles started wearing all of Lady Di's clothes. I couldn't believe it - he took her best summer dress and he put it on and went to town...

RTFirefly 01-14-2019 04:45 AM

Welcome back! :)

TokyoBayer 01-14-2019 08:26 AM

Welcome back!

Mona Lisa Simpson 01-14-2019 08:27 AM

I remember your name, but I've never been a prolific poster here.

InsomniaMama 01-14-2019 09:29 AM

There a new biography of Gorey. I'm picking it up later from the library.

MrKnowItAll 01-14-2019 12:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RTFirefly (Post 21429021)
Welcome back! :)

Hey, it's Rufus! Good to be back.

Shodan 01-14-2019 01:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chronos (Post 21423594)
Sir, I exist!

Said the SDMB to me, "Sir, that fact creates in me no sense of obligation."

Welcome back, MrKnowItAll and my best to MrsKnowItAll, if any.

Regards,
Shodan, Who Knows Some of It All, and Is Bluffing About the Rest of It All

MrKnowItAll 01-14-2019 02:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shodan (Post 21429860)
Said the SDMB to me, "Sir, that fact creates in me no sense of obligation."

Welcome back, MrKnowItAll and my best to MrsKnowItAll, if any.

Regards,
Shodan, Who Knows Some of It All, and Is Bluffing About the Rest of It All

Thanks. And I'll be sure to pass that along to the misses, as soon as one comes into existence.

Shodan 01-14-2019 03:06 PM

Wait until you have teen agers. Then you will definitely have some KnowItAlls to talk to.

Regards,
Shodan

AskNott 01-14-2019 04:15 PM

Welcome back, MrKnowItAll! I have had some go-away-and-come-backs myself.

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor 01-14-2019 05:13 PM

You do know that Unca Cecil retired, doncha?


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