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Nick
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This is very long so I commend all who can make it though it.
Well, I have posted quite a lot, but I still consider myself a newbie. I have only been here since December. I have noticed that a lot of the people here are what I would consider friends if I knew them face-to-face. I canít believe how fast this came up. I am thinking there is some kind of format here for a landmark post. I suppose Iím to tell you all my life story right? Here we go.

Ok, I was born I Carmichael, California on October 18, 1984. I have very little memory before the age of 5. The only memory is when my arm got ran over by a van, (of course it was an accident) and when I fell down the stairs and hit my head. I guess painful memories stay with you right? Before long, I moved out of the main part of Sacramento and moved to a suburb to the south, which is where I live now. I have had a generally happy childhood, but that was before I went to school.

I did very well in preschool and kindergarten, but when I got to first grade, things went downhill. I was doing very well in knowledge, but my work output was not something I am proud of. This went all the way up until sixth grade. I was labeled as a bad kid as soon as I got to middle school. To top it off, I got into a lot of fights with other kids. I hung out with kids who had the same habits as I did (They didnít do work, fought), and they validated my mindset that it was alright. Of course, I wish I never met those kids because they made it a lot harder to finally succeed in getting an education. I was threatened to be put into a ďspecial schoolĒ but when they had a sit-down meeting with me, they found that I was not the type for that.

I got to high school and started the same routine throughout the middle of my sophomore year. In my freshman year, I read the book Enderís Game in English class. It was first book I had ever read cover-to-cover. I wished there were more books like Enderís Game out there (not knowing of the Alvin and Homecoming books, ECT). I didnít give it much thought after that. The thing that was different was I discovered a certain type of plant that had THC in it. Most of you know what Iím talking about. I am actually ashamed to be telling this but it needs to be said. When I was told that I could not graduate, I started to work enough to get by. Apparently, it wasnít enough to get by. They said I would have to go to a continuation school. I was 16; I had nothing lose, so I said, ďokay.Ē I didnít actually do the paperwork until later.

Here is where I turned around. My parents (who have had a problem deciding which church to go to) suddenly decided they were going to start going to church. I naturally said I didnít want to, but my parents gave me no choice. I thank God every day for that decision. We went for a year and I didnít hate it as much as I thought. One of the pastors there thought the church was too liturgical. He started another church (with the support of the church that he left). This church used music for worship with a live band. They had a youth trip going on. The trip was to Estes Park, Colorado (near where the movie The Shining was filmed). It was the most amazing trip I ever went on. (Letís keep the ridicule to a minimum please) I found God on that trip. It was amazing.

I came home a different person. I strived in school and got straight Aís, but it wasnít enough. I ended up going to the continuation school at the beginning of my junior year (where Iím at now) and itís not bad at all. I kept getting good grades. I was walking in a bookstore and I asked where the book Enderís Game was.

I read a library copy the first time. I saw all the other books. I went through Speaker, Xeno, and Children like water. Then I moved on to read the Alvin and Homecoming series. I decided to do a search on Orson Scott Card, and guess what came up? www.hatrack.com, the official website of Orson Scott Card. That was about 6 months ago. I found the forums in December, and thatís how I met all you cool people. Anyway, this is getting very long so I think Iíll stop here. [Smile]

[ March 27, 2003, 09:41 PM: Message edited by: Nick ]

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knightswhosayni!
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Great post!

Ni!

[ March 27, 2003, 04:31 PM: Message edited by: knightswhosayni! ]

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Nick,

Thank you for sharing. That is a good story. I am glad you have had such good experiences that helped find your way in life. We'd never mock you for it - I love that you felt you could share it.

Good luck with everything. I am glad you found Hatrack. [Smile]

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Congratulations! [Smile]

Nice post!

Not long at all! [Smile]

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*hugs Nick*

Glad you're here. [Smile] Thanks for sharing that with us!

(I had a really great trip to Colorado, too - aren't the mountains amazing?)

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Mountains are awesome VŠna, I have to agree with that. [Smile]
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Thanks for sharing Nick!

What was more exciting, finding God or finding Hatrack?

:ducks:

[Wink]

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[Big Grin] Beren, I'm still laughing. [Big Grin] On a serious note, I would say finding God was far more exciting.
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Well, heck, being second place to the Big Fella ain't too shabby.
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I originally typed it in Microsoft Word so it didn't paste well. I cut it into paragraphs for easier reading. [Smile]
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*thanks everyone for being such cool, nice people* [Smile]

EDIT: Except Frisco, he's a punk! jk [Razz]

[ March 27, 2003, 04:50 PM: Message edited by: Nick ]

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Its been great having you around, Nick.
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((Nick))
It's so great to hear that you have turned your life and around and found God, (and some good OSC books, lol).

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Thanks everyone. [Smile] [Wink]
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I've made it my personal mission to chill you the hell out. That means I'm glad you're still posting. I think you're already a little less retentive than when you started. If we work hard at your corruption then in just a few months nothing will phase you.

Go Nick!

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*thinks back to before hatrack*

Wait a minute.. you didn't happen to desensitize me as well, did you?

Glad to have you here, btw Nick.

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You are one of the few people I know that can insult and compliment a person all in one sentence. [Razz] jk
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If you don't send me an e-mail making sure I still like you, then I'll KNOW we've made progress.

[Razz] back at you.

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Congratulations, Nick, both on the 1000 mile marker and on finding your way in life. Nice to have you at Hatrack. [Smile]
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Congratulations Nick. Both on your post and on turning your life around. [Smile]
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Your post is really awesome.

I've been to Estes Park, very cool.

I'm glad you found Hatrack (and the forums) [Smile]

Happy 1000th!

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*is official dkw clone [Smile]
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It's great having you around.
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[Smile] [Big Grin] [Smile]
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Awesome post. Congrats! [Smile]
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Congratulations and keep working hard, Nick -

way to go.

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CT, you posted first. Doesn't that make me the clone? [Eek!]

Edit: And an imperfect clone as well, since I didn't tell Nick how nice it is to have him at Hatrack. It is, Nick, and I'm glad you're here.

[ March 28, 2003, 12:18 PM: Message edited by: dkw ]

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Congratulations and thanks for letting us get to know you better! My youth sounds a lot like yours, wish I had gotten myself together like you have! Keep doing what you're doing!
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*bump, just so my thread doesn't get deleted*
[Big Grin]

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tisk tisk . . .

[Wink]

You got your next 900 in what, a week?

I'm glad you're still here.

[Smile]

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No, I'm only posting about 1-2 times daily. I think my interest of posting in Hatrack is fading, but I'll still lurk. [Smile]
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