I laughed, I cried, it changed my life.
For the last 9 days (and counting) I, like thousands of others, have been following this thread.
As of today, 77 pages, over 1500 replies and over 108,000 views. Wow!
At times, I was on the edge of my seat. I put off mundane everyday chores like mowing my yard and taking calls at work from my biggest clients to
monitor this thread. It had it’s ups and downs. But in hindsight, I wouldn’t change a thing.
I learned so much about myself and others, not to mention a slew of technical information. The information and insight shared by the members of this
forum was mind blowing. This thread taught me to be more skeptical, more observant and most importantly, more patient. I learned some nifty little
tricks like how to “raid my browser’s cache” and that Photoshop is an invaluable tool for comparing images. And the myriad of other tips and
tricks you all employed to determine this was in fact a hoax. Some very cleaver sleuthing indeed, all freely shared.
I also learned that while at times we often disagree, there seems to be a common desire for truth and hence the purpose of this forum. My sincere
thanks to this board’s founders for allowing me and thousands of others to participate in this type of dialogue and exchange. This past week has
been like one big on-line, roller-coaster-ride and certainly worth the price for admission. I am now saddened that I must return to my hum-drum
everyday existence. My, how my grass has grown.
I suppose this will go down in the annals of big-time hoaxes. Who knows, it may even become part of our vernacular and we’ll refer to future
potential sightings as being “Haitied" or "Barzolffed" or "Vued".
Now can one of the mods please summon Barney Fife to the scene?
I think it is time for him to take his only bullet and put this thread out of it’s misery.
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