My ATS addiction is something of a joke among those close to me who know I spend a ton of time here. It's just not something most people can
understand, at least not in the circles I move in. For my long-suffering fiancee, this board is her greatest competitor for my attention, and thus she
looks on it with glowering and suspicious eyes. Having been around the block a few times, I'm sure it will be "an issue" later in our relationship,
but we'll cross that bridge when whe come to it. She even registered herself
her interest seems to have wained. I'll see if I can rope her back in somehow. My sister says "you could have taken all that time and attention and
written multiple bestsellers instead," and sees this place as a collosal waste of my supposed talents. I counter that I have no interest in writing
books, my literary talents are rather limited in the grand scheme of things, and in the end I prefer semi-anonymity and realtime feedback that this
medium offers. Hiding myself in the semi-shadows is the only way I can feel unself-conscious enough to let my writing flow. And there is something I
love about starting a thread and watching others run with it. Can't do that on my own or with a book.
There are a few over the years I've turned on to this place, however, who "get it." I was talking with a friend who is also an ATS member as a result
of my urgings, although a much less obesessed one than I. I asked this guy what he thought about ATS after being on for a while and he said this (I
"Surfing that place is like wandering though an enormous slum full of abandonded garbage, pitiful shacks, and general junkyard worthlessness. But
mixed in every now and then as you walk, you turn a corner and suddenly you come across a massive mansion with a 7-car garage and an immaculate lawn.
Or maybe a beautiful cathedral with stained-glass windows amid the squalor. There are truly brilliant people there who have put a lot of effort into
some of those threads. But I can't understand why such smart people would mix in with such a general background of cruddyness, and it drives me crazy
wondering how to get at the good stuff without wasting my time wandering through the slummy parts."
Well, first of all this is our home he's talking about and calling it a slum is fighting words, I guess. But aside from that he made me think. There
brilliance here; its why I keep coming back and I guess you do too. It doesn't bother me that its mixed in with...shall we say
stuff, maybe because I just assume that's how life is - mostly crap with a few shining diamonds in the rough that (hopefully)
make it all worthwhile. And after a while you get a kind of nose for things...you find the threads and people you like to read almost instinctively, I
I just thought I'd throw this up for general comments. Do you agree with this to-be-unnamed member's apprasal of ATS? How do you seek out the diamonds
in the rough? Or do you? What is it about this place that draws people of vastly different walks of life, temperment, and interest here (not to
mention people with a wide IQ range, to put it delicately)? Whaddaya think?
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