a reply to: Yeahkeepwatchingme
Good evening (or morning) Yeahkeepwatchingme. You've already had three drinks, so maybe you should ask Mrs. G. or her amazing staff what is
available to eat. If you're not fit to drive home, one of us can take you, or you can use one of the cots in the back room. They're nothing
luxurious, but they are first class when it comes to sleeping one off.
Tonight's a bit tricky for me in the rest of the ATS world, there are a couple of threads where I am attempting to defend an unpopular position, and
I'm just mildly miffed in general. But that's no reason to be short with you. I'll try to answer your questions, but really, everybody here has
decided to become part owner of Hernando's, and they all know a lot about it. You may decide to be a part owner as well. We'll see.
Hernando's is like nothing else on ATS. Just about everything about it is different and that's by design. We've had well over a thousand replies
and their hasn't been an insult or a temper tantrum. Yet for all that casual informality we have tighter rules than any other thread on ATS.
You really have to read the OP. At a minimum, you have to read three consecutive pages of posts. Both of those rules are to help you get a feel for
Hernando's and some of the regulars.
Other rules: Of course there's no language that would violate the T&C, but we have no difficulty with risque or even slightly bawdy language. A lady
or a gentleman knows that there are times when a curse is the only appropriate language, but at Hernando's, that doesn't happen very often. The
reason for that is one of our two main principles.
In Hernando's we are friends, family, or comrades in arms. The regulars here have come to know each other, care for each other, and share each
other's sorrows and joys. There is no room for attacking an Hernando, or insulting or belittling them in any way. You'll come to learn that we are
actually people who are concerned for each other, we have past triumphs and failures, great plans for the future, and are struggling through some
rough spots at the moment.
As I say, there is nothing like this on ATS. There, people are more or less anonymous, leaping out from ambush in an attempt to win an argument or
intimidate another poster. That brings us to our second principle. While the first principle is a rigid set of tracks we must stay on to avoid
disaster, the second is nearly the complete opposite.
Our second principle is a search for truth. It is that vague flowing spirit that makes Mankind what it is. We don't push it or hurry it, but we all
realize it's importance. We are ready to be grateful to the Hernando who gives us new information, even if it changes our mind. And if we do the
same for another of our brothers or sisters, we do it in a spirit of helping someone who will soon help us when we go wrong. As time passes, the
little truths we have discovered about each other and what we have learned may combine into a much bigger Truth.
Pick any topic, or join in on any that's going on. Follow it as far as you care to with Hernandos by your side. And that brings us to a third
point. Not a rule or a principle, but I told Bassago I'd explain it to you. That is the matter of your bar tab. Again, we're the opposite of ATS.
On ATS you can find to the decimal how many stars, flags, or whatever, you have, but they're all worth absolutely nothing. At Hernando's there is
no way to find out how much you have on account, but it is worth drinks and meals.
How do you pay off your bar tab? By contributing. Tell us about you, likes and dislikes. Discuss what's important to you. That's another reason
for reading several pages of posts. You'll get an idea of what is contributed.
We have an actual juke box with an extraordinarily wide variety of songs, and a poster gallery with several cat pictures.
As you came to the front door, you saw the burning barrel that the female Hernandos burnt their bras in. Inside, you'll see the bar in the far left
corner, the kitchen is more toward the middle of the building, but on the other side of the wall marking the end of the bar. There is a large
fireplace in the far right corner with overstuffed chairs nearby (excellent for short naps, by the way.) The bar has astonishing stools with
automatic height adjustment for your comfort.
Between the kitchen and the fireplace is a small corridor leading to the room with the cots for those spending the night. You don't need to know
about wine, liquor and beer storage yet. Depending on how could of a cook you are and what recipes you know, Mrs. Guohua may take you on as an
apprentice. (She won't let me near the kitchen.) On the near side of the building you'll see tables. The ones on the left are most often used for
dining and the ones on the right usually have drinkers. But you can eat or drink anywhere you choose.
Well, I hope this is a sufficient introduction, but the important part is ahead of you. Welcome to Hernando's! Hip-hip, hooray! Hip-hip, hooray!