for those who don't know me by now, I'm Jon .. OR that crazy letters and numbers guy.
I happened across ATS on a fluke Google search back in early July of 2005.
... searching for info on the SR-71 Blackbird and other similar-type previously 'black projects'.
What's flying behind the curtain And What's in the works have always been a great interest to me, I guess.
At first, i was Very apprehensive, having only had experience with tech-related forums and the like on a minimal basis for employment purposes; I
didn't attempt to 'join' for about a week or so, due to personal paranoia, ' on a site called Above Top Secret
but I did.
My wife and kids were about to leave for a summer 'vacation' to her parents in Texas, and i just couldn't resist any longer.
WHAT A MISTAKE THAT WAS!!
Tomorrow will mark 8 years I've been haunting these annals, and each day seems Near as new as the first.
I was actually 'paranoid' about even attempting registering an account, having Really never had any sort of experience on a 'Discussion Forum'
? People 'Actually' Talk About Things Online ? - 2005 Jon
Once here, after a second registration attempt, the first was 'denied'
.. i've never left nor felt at home unless I had multiple tabs, when they
came to be, open at any given time.
The Beauty of The Community ....
... is what's ALWAYS drawn me back.
Boots on the ground - type reporting, conveyance, caring for others, etc.
tomorrow [July 25th] marks my 8 year anniversary with ATS [ 7 of those as Staff], and I simply can't imagine my life without the literal plethora of
folks that i've met, spoke with, spent time with and otherwise would never have made their acquaintance despite.
Many a staff member and several board members have graced our presence over the years. and it has Always been a good time had by all.
This Community of like-mindd People.... always seeking. Always searching... always there for others in their time of need.
THAT'S What brought me to ATS!
THAT'S What makes it So Special!
All the best,
more to come, but I just had to get that off my chest.
You folks. ALL of you, are what make this place so great a venue for not only ourselves[the Members], but also for the innumerous [visitors] whom
happen by on a daily basis looking for that finer grain of truth, per se.
Crakeur's signature has a quote from yeahright about one who quietly cursed into the wind, and a man fell dead in the Himalayas five years later.
while not entirely accurate nor probably possible. THAT still represents the power of ATS, to me.
A Community Of People Focused on The Truth.. no matter how painful, disturbing or pleasing that truth might be.
WE seek answers to the questions that most are either afraid to or fail to Ask.
Think about that!
We do ... day in and Day out... ask / seek answers to questions that many others either fail to or are afraid to Ask.
Because WE CARE!
I've Seen It Time And Again ... ATS Members Care!
... for each other, as well as that which takes places around us geopolitically day-to-day
't Works For Me, Folks.
Keep on Keep'n On!!!