I just noticed this thread, and almost didn't click on it. I mean, it sounded to me at first (no offense) like someone had just dodged being banned
or something like that & was trying to kiss up. I almost didin't click on it.
But when I did, and was just a couple of posts into it, I realized how wrong I was. I started crying, and still am and haven't stopped all through
the thread. Oh, I thought I had the words to express all of the emotions this thread dredged up..... Well, I mean, of course special thanks are in
order for Simon Grey, and the other Amigos - S.O. and Springer for giving us this forum, and but it's not just a forum - geez, my gramer is sucking
right now. I mean, I have attempted, well I mean I have joined other discussion boards, forums, etc.... and well, I joined because of the
content/subject matter because I was interested in it. But, although I think I'm still a member of about 4 or 5 other forums, I've probably only
paid each of them a visit once or twice, ever. I guess that is because just a forum does nothing for me. ATS is everything I didn't know I needed.
A real, genuine, caring community of people from all geographical locations, but as if we were all in the same room. And, usernames or not, I think
that after reading the postings of each one of you several or more posts, the real you starts to come through, as I'm sure does with mine.
Anyway, something about how many people here can spend a ridiculous amount of time arguing and bickering over some point that must be made, and the
fact that those same people will come together immediately, almost no questions asked, when one of us is hurting, sad, sick, confused, whatever and
asks the other ATSers for help, or simply shares their feelings with the board. I know that most of the time I feel pretty much like a nobody here,
with a few exceptions, but embarassing as it may feel later, I have made a couple of posts regarding things that were really upsetting to me, but
could turn to no one else, but you ATSers. And you know what? No one made fun of me, everyone was so much more helpful than I ever could have
I guess that it is those types of things unique to ATS that brought tears to my eyes when reading and now writing in this thread. ATS is the only
place I have ever had in my life where I can go and say just about anything that comes to mind that is of any concern to me, or possibly someone else
who I think may be interested.
Sometimes it's just a trivial question that comes to mind, I can't get an answer out of the search engines, am too embarrassed to ask anyone else,
or whatever. But I know I can always talk to and/or ask ATS about almost anything in the world. I appoligize, sometimes my posts have been really
stupid sounding, and I know that. But I never do it to start trouble or get attention. They are always sincere.
And when I have bigger proiblems, or honest questions about our rapidly changing environment, I can always (when the Internet is free) go to ATS, and
someone, sometimes a lot of someones will be there for me. I love all of you for that. And anyone left still reading this, you are either crazy,
really bored, or just a wonderful, caring and compossionate person.
I guess there were some emotions I had to get out, that I didn't realize were there, that were stirred up by this thread. I certainly didn't mean
to write more than a short paragraph at most.
THANK YOU ATSers - ALL OF YOU!
End of ramble
//ed to cut short an already ridiculously long post//
[edit on 3/19/2006 by CyberKat]