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#100691 - 04/10/03 10:02 PM Note for newcomers
Jackie Offline

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Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 11613
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
I just sent a PM to a friend, responding to a statement that this person and other new people have at times felt like they're intruding on a family. I thought I would share what I wrote, and add my thanks for the compliment.

"I can certainly see where you and other new people might feel a little hesitant to "break in", as it were. That troubles me, but I don't quite know how to make it easier, either. I suppose it could be treated as though you were in a new job; all the others know each other, yet you have every right to be there. Some people may reach out to you, but no one is actually obligated to. You may need to find your own way. Yes, there are some inside jokes; there are pretty well bound to be, in an established group; but you'll learn many of them in time, and become part of others, yourself."

#100692 - 04/10/03 10:07 PM Re: Note for newcomers
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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Registered: 06/24/02
Posts: 7210
Loc: Vermont
that's very well written, Jackie.

formerly known as etaoin...

#100693 - 04/10/03 10:18 PM Re: Note for newcomers
Jackie Offline

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Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
You are so sweet!

#100694 - 04/11/03 06:52 AM Re: Note for newcomers
Faldage Offline
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Registered: 12/01/00
Posts: 13803
When I was but a mere sprout, my family moved to a new neighborhood in Chicago. There was a whole bunch of kids on the block who were my age and I always assumed that Mike Santori was one of the oldtimers (insofar as one can be an oldtimer in kindergarten). It was years later that I discovered that the Santoris had moved in to the neighborhood only several months before my family had.

For any of you who have been looking in very recently here is a short, and by no means comprehensive, list of newcomers who have recently moved right in and become family members:


#100695 - 04/11/03 03:02 PM Re: Note for newcomers
vanguard Offline

Registered: 12/09/02
Posts: 87
Loc: Ohio
One of the reasons I finally decided to post was that "emotionally" I was beginning to feel connected to the AWAD crowd, simply from having read so many posts (and looking into a few of the in-jokes). Another was that I'd seen how welcoming many of you were to newcomers. Although still a little shy, I do feel now that if I have something to say, it won't be shot down just because I'm new. No, it'll be because I "mantled" someone, or YARTed in public, or didn't add the "R in a circle" to harumph...

What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy? -Ursula K. Le Guin, author (1929- )

#100696 - 04/11/03 06:41 PM Re: Note for newcomers
wwh Offline
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Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
I have wondered for a long time why we have so few members posting, when over
3000members are registered. The more who participate, the more fun for everybody.
We need all the talent we can get.

#100697 - 04/11/03 07:19 PM Re: Note for newcomers
Zed Offline

Registered: 08/27/02
Posts: 2154
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
I really appreciated the "welcomes" I got when I first arrived. I tried to send a couple of PM welcomes but apparently screwed up and sent them to myself which missed the whole point.
To anyone who's wondering, Come on in the water's fine and I haven't seen a shark yet.

#100698 - 04/12/03 01:13 AM Re: Good to be here!!
maahey Offline

Registered: 12/03/02
Posts: 555
Dear Jackie, Faldage and Dr.Bill, Thanks for the kind words and the welcome. This is a great place to wake up to and you are wonderful folk. Thanks for the welcome, for all that I have learnt from you and, for the GREAT camp 2 atmosphere.
And for everyone else on this board too, a big thanks for making it such an enjoyable place.

Here's to words, more words and some more words!!! [clink]

#100699 - 04/12/03 11:04 AM Re: Good to be here!!
RhubarbCommando Offline

Registered: 08/23/00
Posts: 2204
-- and a warm welcome to your echo, maahey - be assured that it (he? she? do echoes have gender/sex?) is really welcome, as will everyone else out there who is reading this and isn't sure whether to come in through the door or not.

Come on in, pull up an ochlonym and make yourself at home - here - have a toasted nit-pick! (Courtesy of Faldage, of course )

#100700 - 04/12/03 11:17 AM Re: Good to be here!!
Wordwind Offline
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Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 6296
Loc: Piedmont Region of Virginia, U...
In reply to:

pull up an ochlonym


Second cousin of the mobnym?

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