As I was sitting on my porch this morning, enjoying the first coffee and smoke of the day, I reflected and became lost in my thoughts. I thought of
the forums I belonged to before coming here, why I left, and where I'm currently at. Bosco, my heterosexual canine lifemate snorted and changed
positions, breaking my train of thought. It happens often now as a result of a minor stroke(TIA) I had last year, which is why I was absent for a
while from ATS shortly after joining. It left me with a frustrating inability to form cohesive conversation, and took months to return to a high
percentage of where I was. Fake practice posting was part of my re-hab(true story--my occupational therapist will be joining us soon!), re-learning
how to organize thought and word. But I digress.
In thinking of prior forums I posted at, I never got comfortable, nor felt at ease discussing the structured and limited topics they offered. Others I
tried were either echo chambers(think the apes gathered around the monolith in 2001), or places where abusive personal attacks and confrontation were
the norm. I lurked for 5 years here, attracted at first by the UFO and political threads, but self-confidence and limited computer skills kept me at
bay. But in that 5 years, I came away impressed with the debates, and critical thinking so prominent in many a thread. Seagull(thanks for my 1st
Applause last year!), Buthcherguy, Snarl, Ketsuko, Don'ttreadonme(sorry for the extra work I've made for you!), and the XMan(xuenchen)--your posts are
a huge part in me being here. The quality and context of many of your posts prodded me to want to join. To mOjOm, semmos80, and antedivian--you all
may be opposite of my political leanings, but your posts made me take a step back and consider another point of view. To all, many not mentioned, my
appreciation. To you lurkers: take the plunge, the water's fine. Sorry about the ramble, folks. I'll be done soon.
What I'm trying to say, is I finally found a home. I've got a place to go and discuss a myriad of topics, learn, and understand another's position by
stepping outside my comfort zone. I can be fierce in my beliefs without yelling, and be expected to back my position with sourced material. No fanboy
rave here, but the realization of finding a comfortable home and being thankful--that's all. This morning all this hit me at once, and I decided to
share my thoughts when I got home from work.
So if you'll pardon me, I'm gonna go put on my lounge-wear, grab a soda, and spend the evening perusing the threads with Bosco sittin' next to me. As
it should be.
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