posted on Oct, 21 2012 @ 06:51 PM
Wow, what a place to be! You have created an awesome site and should be very proud of yourselves and the evolution that has transpired right before
your very eyes.
I, for one, am very thankful for the opportunity you afford me to come here daily and share my most inner thoughts on various subjects.
I spent a year here watching, reading and learning the ins and outs. I think there are a great deal of people that feel the same way, and wanted to
give them a thread to join on this matter.
There is always something new to learn and share. For instance, the reason why I came here to begin with. While my situation may not be unique and
others may have experienced similar things here goes:
I fell in love with a wonderful woman who was forced to leave the USA, after we had been married and been together for a year. I was forced to stay
behind, due to circumstances of a personal nature, but I fulfilled those obligations and decided to join my wife, after being apart from her for 6
miserable months. I moved to Brazil, where I had very little knowledge of the country or language (Portuguese) and I had never traveled outside of my
comfort zone before.
It has been a very humbling transition and experience thus far, with no end in sight, but that is a different story that requires a different thread.
I only wanted to lay the foundation for why I am so grateful to ATS.
Needless to say, I have not found very many people here, other than my wife, to communicate with about subjects that are of interest to me. My family
did not agree with me leaving, so they have basically cut off any serious form of discussion with me or support emotionally about this situation. My
sister's are glad I am with the love of my life, but they are not in agreement over me being here in Brazil.
I was spending time playing poker and hanging out in a game room site trying to have a serious discussion about life and kept getting these rude,
obnoxious, immature comments that were very disheartening, I stopped trying and started spending more time searching for a forum to express my
feelings and emotions that would get serious feedback. I tried many different venues to do this and they all had the same end result, blah, blah and
blah with no real value. One day I was at a site and caught a glimpse of an article and it was attached to your web site. So, I thought I will check
There are so many wonderful people in here willing to express their feelings, I feel that in spite of the anonymous nature and faceless contact it is
the best place for me to share. I have had some negative comments to deal with in some of my posts, it seems there are those that just like to start
trouble, you know the type, but the ratio of good/bad is in my estimation 90/10. That is a great ratio to have. I, also, feel that the MOD's that
you have trusted with monitoring the traffic have done an excellent job.
You all have my heartfelt Thank you! Keep up the great work! The founders, the staff and all the members!