I understand that you were (justifiably) proud of your thread. Not to beat the dead horse, but I monitored the process. after sledman posted his hijack. I first, responded to the hijack, calling it to HIS attention that he owed you an apology. Then briefly responded to his point, THEN apologiezed to you for both of us, THEN went on try and bring the topic BACK to the OP.
He responded to me, APOLOGIZED for his hijack BUT THEN went on to hijack it more. I saw that, thought “no, I’m NOT going to respond to that, it would only hijack the thread more, and I’d rather let him think he had the last word than to go through all of it again”. He NEVER posted any thought on the original OP.
I continued to monitor it. Other people posted afterwards, to the direct thread. and I thought “oh, good, it’s gotten back on track.”
Then, you posted, and thanked folks for their lovely thoughts and compliments.
BUT then you went on to tell sledman and me to “knock it off”. Fine. even tho’ that kinda brought it back around again. I still would have left it alone had you stopped there.
THEN you singled me out. and, frankly sandy, NOT even for “hijacking” your thread (which you expressed here), BUT siding with sledman on HIS hijack. How is that NOT you hijacking your own thread? I felt at that point, that you were singling me out, not just for hijacking your thread, but on the hijacking point itself.
I’m not posting these questions for you to answer publically. I just wanted you to see it from my end. I still don’t hold animosity towards you, sledman or the other folks in that other thread (which frankly I did ** not ** start).
and, as far as “why am I not neighborly” (paraphrasing). I grew up in the concrete jungle suburbs of D-troit, where we joked about the next door neighbors as being “Kendall’s groceries”, and could count on Mrs. K peering out at whoever pulled into our drive. For the 11 years immediately prior to my move, I was in inner city Lansing, a rough neighborhood. I moved out to the country to be with my SO (of the past 14 years, we wanted to make sure the relationship was stable before moving in together, since I have a minor child)
The house is owned by my SO, he’s lived there for the past 30 years. There is undeveloped swampland to the East and North of us. A tract of farmed property across the street to the West. The closest “neighbor” is a tenth of a mile away to the South. There’s tons of posted public hunting 4 tenths of a mile South of us. In his 30 years of living there, he has NEVER allowed hunting on his property. They’ve raised geese, rabbits, hogs, tomatoes etc on this property in the past. But currently, no farming.
And friendly? Well, one day I got our mail and discovered a bunch of mail that had been misdelivered. I recognized one item as being a check (of some sort), figured these folks would really appreciate having it tonight, so went in and looked them up in the phone book, called them and walked up to meet them (they were the folks to the south). that was my ONE contact with them. Well, other than for me to moan (inside the house) when they had their skeet shooting contest a few weeks ago.
I’m not looking to isolate myself, but I have learned to appreciate my peace out there.
Finally. I hope that you won’t let ANYTHING detract from the loveliness of your original OP. I hope you kept a copy (deleting additions by myself and sledman, of course). hope to meet up with you for a mug of hot cider (ours has gotten hard by this time tho’ - which both SO and son like).