I was drawn into too many conversations about this and that and the
other thing over the last couple of years.
I take a genuine interest in politics, US and here in Canada.
I have decided not to do that kinda thing in here any more. There are
many channels to have these discussions via e-mail and such... why
clutter this lumpy ol' newsgroup with my diatribe?, Eh?
I consider myself lucky to be healthy, alive, living a pretty good
life with a wonderful Angela and 3 insanely great daughters.
Both my parents are going to be 87 in the next month. My sister is
still in a wheelchair.
Business is pretty much back where it was before I retired in Sept
2003, dunno how I keep doing this. This the fourth time I built a
business, sold it, and moved on.
This last time, I decided to move towards the 'art' side of things.
You know, thermo-forming Corian and CAD and rendering 3-D models.
Somehow that blossomed into yet another trip down Success Lane.
Maybe it is because I take so little for myself, that things work out
as well as they do. That is NOT because I am some kind of charitable
idiot, I just don't need very much other than the pleasure of making
shit work. Angela is such a huge support and she takes such pleasure
in watching me wrestle my challenges to the ground.
So here it is:
No more religion and politics. Don't even try.
Obama is weak.
Hillary's a bitch.
McCain's is Bush.
I agree with that, Rob. I'm not one to whine about the OT posts on here;
most of them I just hit "Mark Thread as Read" and move on. Opinions on
politics/religion/relationships/love/sex. I've got. But I don't care to
share them here. Ok, maybe sex.
What I agree with is that this is a woodworking NG, and while OT posts
are acceptable especially if they're labeled as such, they are just that
- Off Topic.
On a slow day in here, I'll read some of it, but after a while the
reason that I come here creeps from the back of my head to the front.
Philosophy and way-of-life come screaming through on ON topic posts.
Yours, Leon's, Swing's, especially Lew Hodgett's. Those names just came
to mind. There are many more here whose ideas and presentation enrich
the entire experience at the Wreck. And I do mean enrich. "How do I make
sure that my dadoes are bang-on in width if I have to make more than one
pass?". "Measure properly" is the dry answer but you never see only a
dry answer when a question like that is posed. Instead, you get a
plethora of responses and ideas I would never have considered.
The way that on topic threads wander around, meander, come back to the
OP's point, and then veer off again has its own sense of beauty. And
it's what keeps me coming back. Well, that and those little sandwiches
with the crusts cut off.
I'm very happy that I've found this group. I have been since I started
the hobby and I've never been disappointed when I've asked for help.
I've also seen many other guys (mostly guys but the occasional woman)
ask things that have been thoroughly discussed as well. It's tremendous
to see that pile on attitude towards helping each other out.
Oh and Rob? Just to help you slay that monster and know in your heart
that it's dead and buried.....two words.
OK, now this is new. I hadn't noticed that. Is this recent? ;^)
Seriously, that may be a mistake. There are those that use this as
their sounding board, their venting board, and a way to express
themselves as to "The Way Things Should Be".
Again, seriously, read the thread counts.
NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING brings out the responses like politics. In
then end, no minds are changed, no points are made, the only ones
satisfied are the guys that make (what they think) blindingly obvious
arguments of why they are so right. Self righteous, indignant,
sanctimonious, you know, everything you have to have with any
discussion of politics or policy.
In the end, it always boils down to "I am right you dumbass, and you
couldn't be more stupid or wrong for not seeing it my way". I am sure
a few feelings get hurt, and we have had several farewell announcement
due to hurt feelings, but again, this is a public forum.
And you, you rascal, you were about the best shit stirrer on the
So what gives?
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