Well, where do I start? One calendar month on these boards, and already I have hit the big 500… makes me wonder when I’ll reach 1000! (which is when the big post parties are held, so I hear) Not that I’m averse to throwing myself another one, but after the reaction I got when I celebrated 50 posts (so long ago now), I admit I’m leery of the reaction this one will get me.
So why am I doing it? I kind of promised White Lightning I would… well, not really, but I did mention that I’d do something of the sort, so here I am! Besides, nobody’s told me NOT to post, as I saw in a recent thread directed at LaurAnge, because she had one more post to go before hitting 1000! [sub]Hey, I post so often that those directives wouldn’t work on me, anyways! Unless it was during a time when I wasn’t on these boards…and I had a chance to see it before posting![/sub]
Through a link at the Twinstuff message board, I got introduced to this message board. Luckily, I knew what the Straight Dope was; I have two or three of the books, and I also sometimes read the online column. (the post in the thread I was reading at the time had to do with whether identical twins had identical fingerprints or something like that)
I don’t think I could say I lurked as such, which does not mean that I went to the board and instantly registered, either! I did read some threads first, such as the ones about calculating posting ratios, Kyomara’s banning, etc. (Since I am not a coding genius like UncleBill and thinksnow seem to be, you all will have to search for the threads I reference if you’re so inclined… heck, I can’t even get my URL links to appear in blue most of the time! Besides that, I screw up my coding on a regular basis… :rolleyes: )
Nobody posted a welcome thread for me but that was all right, because nobody knew me! And I did not post one for myself, either! I just took it slowly (“500 posts in a calendar month? You gotta be kiddng!” I can hear some of you saying), and figured things out as I went along. (or tried to)
Eventually, I felt confident enough to start threads without worrying that people wouldn’t like me for what I had to say. (however, I will not post in GD for precisely this reason… I don’t know if I have anything worthy to say, so I haven’t posted anything there yet)
There was the thread I started because I wanted to explain my screen name to lel, and possibly to everyone else, too. I also remember the thread I started on the word “Aiya!”, and the one I started when I wanted to know how things worked on this message board. (thanks to everyone who helped me with that one) Then there was the one I started on whether it was typical for men to offer solutions and advice as comfort! That was a typical example of very screwed up coding, but luckily I fixed it later on. Anyone remember the rant I started about my family? That was definitely when I started to feel that the board was somewhere I could go to rant! (or just to talk, same difference)
I’m not sure that I’ve gotten to know a bunch of you yet (or could call everyone my friends), but I’m glad that I can just pick up pieces of information along the way. (no, I wouldn’t use it for any nefarious purposes, believe me) However, I have grown used to seeing the regular group of names around the boards, or at least in the forums that I frequent. (mainly MPSIMS and the BBQ Pit, though I have been known to go to ATMB and IMHO; and very rarely Cafe Society) Having said that, I feel like I’ve found a home here, and that I have gotten to know various bits of info about some of you; I’m unsure if that could be construed as getting to know you! Hopefully, I’ll continue to get to know you all, and maybe even meet some of you at a DopeFest; who knows?
In my short time here on the boards, I don’t think I’ve managed to offend anyone (another reason why I don’t post in GD); though I think I’ve been flamed at least twice. But it’s all good… as someone (I don’t remember who) said to me, people do have short memories. [sub]I remember a lot, and pretty well… but that’s another story.[/sub]
They got rid of the pale yellow smilies and brought back the colored ones; I thought that was quite the improvement. Another improvement was the Quik-Post boxes; very convenient! I take this opportunity to thank all the moderators and administrators for all their hard work!
Admittedly, some of my posts have been inconsequential (corrections of my spelling, coding, and the like; or off-the-cuff “humorous” comments), or threadkillers, or even doubleposts! (there was the time my computer was acting funny, and I posted the same new thread three times in ATMB… whoever removed that monstrosity, I thank you) But to those of you who read and responded to my posts, I thank you, and wish you all well.
I can’t exactly do a “thanks, guys!” list like dropzone did, but I’d still like to thank you all for being there! Maybe I’ll figure out who to single out for the “star treatment” later… for now, I’ll say adios!
Now it’s time to see how my “crazy baby names” thread is doing… see ya!
[sub]Besides, if I do a “thank-you” list, I’ll be sure to leave some people out, and then they will get offended! I wouldn’t be sure who to include, anyways![/sub]