I havenít posted here in a while. I havenít posted under this screen name in even longer. Long enough that looking over some threads I realized thereís a whole lot of people I donít knowÖor who donít know me. And seems like some of the people I did know are either not posting much or gone. Itís weird leaving this place for a while and coming back. Like leaving home and coming back years later. But why is it that internet time seems to go much quicker than real time? I feel like Iíve been gone much longer than I really have...maybe something to do with the insane amount of traffic that goes on here in one day. I usually donít talk that much in the real world.
Anyway, for anyone that doesnít know, I stopped posting a while back under Strider. I was reaching my 4000th post but didnít know what I wanted to do for it, and since I was pretty busy I was posting under one of my pseudonyms, Shonuff, for a while until I thought of a landmark post. But as I got busier there was more lurking and less posting. And since then Iíve had to stop posting and even lurking all together. But, this is my 4000th post(or to be acurate my 4001st), so Iím warning you now to be ready. If youíve gone this far youíve signed on for the whole trip. Donít say I didnít warn you.
For a while I was thinking about all the different things I wanted to do for this landmark. I didnít want to do a long ďthis is me and this is why I love hatrackĒ thread(I already did one of those), but just wanted to have some fun and do something cool. Well, I couldnít think of anything cool, and now, when I finally have some more time and want to start posting again, I realized I need to do this first. I guess you can say I owe some people a landmark before I can feel good about posting again. Iíve also realized I donít care so much anymore about what Iím going to say and I figure Iím just going to babble about whatever I feel like till I decide to hit submit.
I donít really know where to begin. Iíve had more go on in the last couple months of my life than Iíd say the whole time leading up to it. Iíve somehow managed, all in a very short amount of time, to fall in love, act on my desire to leave my job and finally quit, take steps to figuring out what I really want to do with my life, devote a lot of time and energy to an idea I really believe in and start my own business with a friend, oh, and did I mention fall in love?
So needless to say, things have been good. Even if sort of hectic. Iíll explain. Iíve been working up in north jersey as an engineer for the last two years. Leaving college I can tell you I already knew engineering wasnít for me. I enjoy it. Parts of it. And maybe it wasnít just engineering as much as a lot of surrounding factors going into it. I donít think Iím made for an office, 9-5 job, sitting in front of a computer all day. But those were really just little extras, that helped push my decision. The truth is I wasnít happy in engineering and I didnít want to stay any longer. If anyone remembers my last landmark post, Iím pretty sure I talked about it then. Sort of interesting I think. In my first landmark I told everyone I wasnít happy and wanted to leave my job. In my second one I left it. I didnít want to get complacent, get accustomed and 20 or 30 years down the line regret never taking a chance and quitting and pursuing something I loved. Well I still donít have anything to pursue, but I figured if I didnít go ahead with part A, part B would never happen. Itís just the way I work. But before I could quit I had to wait it out a bit, and that happened to coincide with my current project switching into high gear and bogging me down with tons of work. Sweet. Good timing. Added to the fact that during this time, the online business Iím working on began coming together better and this is turn required a lot of work.
So this online business. This actually has some connection to another thread here at Hatrack from a while back. I made a thread one day about this cool website idea I had where people could search for bar specials online. Where you would come in and search for your area. And the site would list all the bars in the area. And then youíd be able to narrow down by special type or day of the week and it would tell you what bars had what specials on what days. I thought this idea was just the coolest thing(and still do) and wanted to know what people thought of it and if theyíd go. Well since then, Iíve told some other people about the idea and they all loved it. I checked for other similar sites out there and couldnít find much. I came to one of my friends and asked him to be my partner in this as he was a business/marketing major and was working in sales and had started a small business before, and I just knew heíd be great for what we were doing. Well it turned out to be a pretty good decision. Besides the fact that weíre both slackers weíve still managed to really get going on the business. So far the website is done. All the business end things are done. Promotional material is being ordered. Weíre in the process of raising some start up capital and everything is in place to go. We just need to sign some bars up on the site and go live. For anyone curious, the website address is www.barspecial.com, the sites up now but password protected for a little longer. Donít worry. Youíll hear from me when it goes live. Oh...and just because Iím already soliciting...weíre looking for investors right now. And if you were seriously interested I can send you an investors package in the mail.
I left my job at the beginning of October, I moved back to PA, in the Lehigh area(where I went to school), and Iím living in the same house as my business partner, where weíve set up a nice little office for ourselves(haÖitís cool having an office), and Iíve been spending a whole lot of time working on the website and the business. The bad thing is I have no income! Now the funny thing is I didnít quit my job to devote my time to this. It was a part of it, but it wasnít the *reason*, itís just sort of all worked out this way, and I canít say Iím not happy about it. But the real reason I quit was to figure out what I wanted to do. Whether I wanted to go back to school. And what for? Well those questions arenít answered yet. But they need to be soon. Or at least Iíd like them to be. Depending on how the business works out I might not need to worry about income or figuring out my plans for a bit, but thatís not something I want to count on. We canít realistically expect to make all that much cash that quick, but we can dream canít we? I know I do. So my point is I need to start thinking about that. And I will soon. As soon as I finish this post...
Where was I? Love? No? Well Iíll talk about it anyway. The last, but most certainly not least thing going on in my life is the first serious girlfriend Iíve ever had. And guess what? I met her at Hatrack. Itís odd meeting your girlfriend on the internet. Now, Iíve spent a lot of time on the internet over the years, but I was never really into chatting, and Hatrack was the first forum I ever found. So chatting with people I never met was a relatively new experience for me. Meeting them was pretty interesting too. Beginning to spend more and more time chatting with the same person every day was something I had never done. But I couldnít stop myselfÖwhen I was at work I was looking forward to being home to talk to her. When I was home and online I was disappointed that she wasnít on. We begin writing emails to each other to fill the time when we werenít talking. This may or may not have been before I told her I had strong feelings for her. But it was after we met and my already sneaking suspicions that I was falling for her were confirmed. So emails led to meeting in person. And meeting in person led to first kisses, and first kisses led to our current stateÖI think Iíve mentioned it a few times in this post. And to think, I have Hatrack to thank for it. Well technically Grenme, but it all started with Hatrack. Anyway, her name is Kira, most of you know her as Leonide, and she stole my heart.
So yeah, as you see all is good. And I hope this explains my absence to anyone that was interested. Iím glad to have this done with. I can now go back to posting about books and movies and not being serious in the least bit. Thanks for your time Hatrack.
Just thought I should mention Matrix is out today and Iím totally seeing it!
And the real reason I made this thread was so I can post in the 24 thread again.
Iím hitting submit now.
Any questions or comments please post below and I will do my best to answer them at my earliest convenience.
p.s.- i've been gone so long i originally posted this on the other side! wow...i'm an idiot.
I hear you on the engineering thing, man. But it does pay me enough to live on while I think about the books I'll probably never write. Congratulations on 4000, on your new business, and to both of you on finding each other. I have to say, you kids are an intensely cute couple.
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--- Is there some kind of master list of Hatrack couples somewhere? There's so many of them now that I'm having a hard time keeping track in my head. Is Hobbes dating Annie or :Locke? Who is brinestone again? Is Lalo pursuing Pat or Scott? It's all rather confusing.
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quote: Everyone's dying to know what's going on with the Ralphie/dek/T_Smith saga
::Scratches head:: ::confused look::
Oh der, I just remembered that practical joke. I can't believe I deleted it. Well, better a well written joke being deleted than to actually have people believe it. Although... I am going up there a week from Friday.
Wait a minute... wasn't this Strider's thread?
Yes, I believe it was.
Strider, I'm glad things are working the way they are for you. When I saw that you posted, I said aloud "Finally!" And hey, thumbs up to love!
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Congadulations Strider, that is so cool, and is it just me or do alot of people seem to be meeting on Hatrack laetely. It really is a great place to find very wonderful people. (((((You know who you are)))))
(I think most of the people in this thread probably know you are too)
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This is why we need a list. I can't keep track of all you people's couplings and uncouplings and clumps and clusters and twisted relationships -- not to mention all the siblings and parent/child relationships. And yet these things impact the tenor and tone of the board.
All I'm asking for is a weekly e-mail update. And while you're at it, it'd help if there was also info on who is mad with who and who was flirting with who in chat, etc.
This T_smith guy seems pretty connected maybe he should do it. Or Annie and Hobbes could do some cutesy thing and include photoshopped art with it.
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quote: We begin writing emails to each other to fill the time when we werenít talking. This may or may not have been before I told her I had strong feelings for her
You wrote me only one email prior to your telling me you liked me. If anyone wants to read that email, or the conversation, I have them saved. As well as almost every convo/email of import since that time.
ZalóBrinestone is my wife. She used to go by Diosmel Duda. T_Smith is my little brother, and my triplets are Annie and Katharina. Narnia is Annie's twin. I am Mini-Pat, and I'm also Icarus's clone.