I discovered Above Top Secret on Anglefire. This was one of many forums I chose to follow in the ott's
But for me it was this www.angelfire.com...
At first I participated on Top Topics, unaware of New Posts. Later I would find New Posts
and spend 99% of my time there, even going on months exclusively in that section.
It took a while but I finally figured out how to add an Avatar. But a bit later I was not content with one Avatar, I had several. Above Top Secret
members made me realize that my opinions were not man kinds mean, there were all kinds of ideologies roaming the pages here. Some affluent, some
scraping, some broken homes, others perfect homes. Politics and religion ...... now there's a battle cry. ATS humbled me, it angered me, it made me
accept other mentalities and actions displayed in abundant measure. Some abhorrent to me, like pro abortion, others of political natures. But through
all of it , it became the members. Who so unlike me, and others who were running side by side. Some of the many parts of the eternal character of
Above Top secret
But really it was just all of us, we here reading these very words right now. (you are here) We all went through catastrophe's and losses. The
weather and mother nature, the miscarriage of justices, the ruination of morals and what others would call rights.
I learned to listen and not just voice. And a great deal of the time we had extraordinary OP's, the kind representative of our call to.....
DENY IGNORANCE. I doubt anyone ever gave a thought of ATS succumbing to failure.
Not from content, but monetarily, weathering a couple doses of hard tight times like recessions. Nine years a member, time passing unnoticed. Others
changing their tune over time, all the time with the favorites still participating. Having some members pass-on, their deaths bringing sadness to a
great many. All the time Drawn to the site. Daily, hourly, sometimes a whole day escaping while surfing ATS.
And still not catching the method of how for me to 'Imbed' videos from You Tube.
Coming close to being Banned, and seeing others being banned, but at least a few times severely scolded by Moderators. Above Top Secret helped me grow
in accepting others regardless their view, often times contrary. I also became somewhat of an un-welcome poster, deriving much scorn from other
members. Gaining friends as well.
SO It has been an Odyssey to be sure ....up to this point....will we come out the other side of the rabbit hole intact? In a short while, time will
tell. The thought never occurred to me that I might outlive the Forum... To all my friends and opponents... Long Life and Prosperity. And remember a
couple PEZ candies a day will make the time fly and leave you with a smile.