With MSN coming to a close, I would like to thank EVERYONE, and I mean everyone for all the "memories". I have made alot of great friends here. I will certainly miss the MSN war games, the friendly games and the great time. I truly do not have as much time as I once did to come on these boards to interact with some of the greatest people. But, I will say I have learned alot about politics, humility and just great discussions. So, I would like to say thanks!
I joined MSN in September 2002 because I wanted to get into Maryland politics, since I was helping out with the Maryland Governor campaigne for Republican Ehrlich. He did win and I decided to join a Political forum, called, you guessed it, Free Speech America, which was run by Sam Burdette and Karma. What a great time! Ever since then I have met some great people, democrats, liberatarians and republican's alike. People are just that, PEOPLE. Yes, we have our own idealogies but take that away and we're just like everyone else.
Just to name a few that I had a true pleasure meeting with on the net:
Bugs, Pikes, Becky, STX, Wheelman, NativeFloridian, Curtis, Woody, ConLaz, skip, Hay, Sidney, Jim'sShadow, NOSTRA!, Mr.Bellows, Usforhim, RFC, easyrider, poppajoe, Woymn, graphicsQueen, Summermoondancer, JMB, Secondon, Dduct, Slslady, CapitalistFailures, Soonerlady, Noserose, Doc, Tarna, Westwind, Mars, Ibe, Wiley, DCCowboy, Vito, Leona, ClevelandRocks, Alaskafree, Been, Stanly, Rusty, Scoundrel, Alglenne, Cyborg, Joyce, Julie, HappyTexian, Oz, Vagrant, Suzy, BigDaddy and bunches and bunches more
Some people really got on my nerves, while others, were such great people. But, I will say now, the ones that did un-nerve me I will extend the olive branch too! Life is short ya'll!
What are your memories here on these famous political boards?
God Bless Everyone! Don't forget to turn the lights off come February 09.
I know you don't know me by this name, but we did make a few memories together via la spa.
Thanks for this note and the memories we have in comon also. I shall not forget you and will be looking for you around the new groups.
The one particular memory I have that stands out most is when American Dialog was shut down you dug in your heels and worked your ass off to rebuild a new one even though you had your own board in competition with it. I will never forget that. Bless you.
Hey Giorgio Armani!
LOL! Yeah the good ole spa! I certainly won't forget that site. Thanks for your sentiment, that was very kind of you.
PS I think I know who you are..........
Hope to talk soon!
Anyone else have any "old" memories?
So many memories I don't know where to start. Years of learning, debating, arguing, many laughs and some tears. New friendships and lost friendships, betrayal and redemption, fear and loathing, death and birth. The whole gamut of human emotion and experience. I have learned that the cyberworld is not an alternate life or a replacement life but part of one's real life. An extension of life. For me it was and remains the most "lively" hobby I have ever had. I have learned much and owe much to so many. It may not be "real" but either are dreams and yet our dreams are important to us and can at times help us understand life better.
Good luck Brunette!
Thanks for your well wishes.
Like I said Life is Way too Short for all the "stupid" bickering. Hell, these are just political boards, entertainment as you will (as curtis would say)! Live and Let Live...lol!
See ya on the boards.
|From: JMB ||Sent: 12/10/2008 8:55 AM|
It's been a great 6 years of participating in these communities but it seems as though they're at an end. How unfortunate. I have come to know hundreds of folks by their nics on MSN and have no desire to re-learn identities on any other forum. That said, I wish to express my gratitude towards you, for all of the years of support you've given me and the friendship that grew from that relationship.
I joined The Republicans back in November, 2000 and have been active since. To say I am disappointed by MSN's decision to close all communities is grossly understated. I guess it's time to move on and maybe the blessing in disguise, is that I will no longer spend hours of time posting on an internet board.
So Brunette, thank you for your wonderful post, it means much to me to have kind words directed in my direction and your eloquence in stating your feelings, got me a bit choked up. I guess one doesn't really realize how important some things are, until they are faced with losing them. I couldn't even begin to list all of the wonderful individuals that have influenced me over the past 8 years, so I won't try as there are many.
I am saddened however, to at once realize, that even though it is just names on a screen, there are some folks that I will miss dearly.
And, to anyone whom reads this, consider it one of your last opportunities to tell others how you feel. I would have thought a post like this would be skyrocketing in numbers. Regardless, I will no longer interact with so many whom I've come to respect, admire and like, that I have to say that I will miss almost all of you, in one way or another.
So to everyone whom I've known over the years, God Bless, be well and may your pockets be heavy with money, your hearts full of love and that happiness is simply a way of life.
A true and provocative point you made, is the false separation of cyberlife from real life. This is more than entertainment, and solely self satisfaction. For one thing, given the lack of ability in our fingers to connect with words as quickly as speech, allows us more time to actually think about what we say. For some, given what they write, that is disturbing. But the mistakes are only human, and the forgiveness for them, remains divine.
I am the same person at home and here. This isn't Walter Mittyville. I sometimes wonder about those who separate lives, as if there is something to separate. All that lying. Trying to remember what you said to whom.... I am a lazy person who simply finds the need to be at least two different people too exhausting to pursue. It's lazier just to be one. Only requires half the effort.
I learned much from correspondance with each of you. This provides opportunity to collect information junk that my physical neighbors can't provide. We are, you see, a neighborhood, stretched across the nations; across several nations. Our common connection is the interest of people interested in life.
Our search for a new home is not unlike the pioneers of old days, who did that out of necessity. Like the Mormons who migrated west to avoid persecution, and settled in Utah. The State of MSN said they're closing down our businesses, and to remain together, we look ahead. Aimoo is a kind of Utah. Some are moving to the State of Multiply (actually a better name for the Mormons, although Catholics might fit that pattern too!) Runboard is another greener pasture. The economy of MSN ain't too hot either, and Mojave is nothing more than some truckloads of water hauled into wet down the soil to trick the stupid into thinking the Vista isn't of a desert wasteland. We know better. MSN is going the way of Detroit.
It is cool to be out on the edge, pioneering.
|From: STX49©||Sent: 12/10/2008 2:22 PM|
A friend from the old MSN chat at Women Central got me involved in these groups. FSA wasn't the first group that I joined, but I alway will consider that my true start on these political boards. I have always been interested in politics on all levels.
When MSN shut down the "make up your own chat rooms" I was fortunate to keep in contact with friends from around the world that I met in Women Central (for those of you who don't know, it wasn't just for women). For us then it was a sad time when MSN shut down those chat rooms........but we survived. Only 1 person from those chat rooms participates in the Political Groups that I know of.
As in the old chat rooms, in the Groups I have made what I hope will be lifetime friends, casual acquaintances that I have learned to like and enjoy online only....with those that I'm close to (from both Groups and old Chats) we have laughed and cried together, cried on each other's shoulders, vented our frustrations, rejoiced in weddings, births and other wonderful life events, and grieved together at the death of friends/family both online and in real life.
Maybe it's the season that makes me so nostalgic. I don't even feel any animosity for those that I didn't get along with, and for those that for reasons only known to them went out the window. (with the 1 exception of that one crazy dude from Fresno!) I know that I played my part in some of these parting of the ways, but I don't regret the friendships that were.
Everyone that wants to continue to participate in the new forums in the many different places on the net, will. Those of us who choose to stay in contact with each other will, regardless of if were posting on forums or not.
I have learned a lot about politics, but most importantly about the differences among people. I have changed many of my views over the years. And, even though we all "hide" behind screen names, I am the same person online that I am in real life.
So..........it's been fun guys, these last 7 yrs in the Groups. I wish everyone well in the future. That you all stay in good health and that you have in life what you want and what's important to you.
Thanks for the memories!!!
|From: Mars832||Sent: 12/10/2008 3:03 PM|
in the beginning i learned the hard way...in early 2002 i joined MSN groups because debating with kids online how bush is an idiot or finding answers of 9/11 along with that they got tired debating me. so i joined my 1st group called True American Freedom of Speech. run by rottyman. after bush decided bin laden is on ignore...the manager being a rightwinger banned all left wingers out the group in june. so i went to Government Watchmen. and like pikes i had no knownledge how to handle a troll. as in the short story the manager was a troll. i later was kicked out around 2003 around.
there i joined The Night Watch2 meeting with bigdog before his passing. meeting with sophia (many don't know her manager and creator of so-called FREE SPEECH HEADLINES) had a fight with her as she rubbed her great-busy life she had. yet i managed to win the fight using her own words. that silence from her lasted a week. i also joined a group called Newschat in defense of somewhat a friend...has issues with women...i know him by archiebunker. after reporting and shutting down 4 of the 5 already dead and abandon groups. archie started another group i think it was The Headlines2...where idiot archie felt to post all information of in-coming members and laugh at them. one of them became a friend of mine and was one of the co-managers of TOTT StormShadow runs a group called Storm Warning and no one is posting in that group... yet he disappeared and no one has heard him since.
after what happened with the government watchman group (now in the adult section) i decided to create a group. since i was completely new in what i was doing i had a experience manager on my im list to help through it. The group is called Voices Unleashed. basically free speech. plans changed as i lost control of my temper. they got rid of me.
I was very very angry. also the troll was feeding my anger. i met a new friend named ANNEGRAY as many know her as slywench or shadow girl. she asked me to join a group called Voices of the US/UK manager Britisoc. in of a month of covering of california fires i was promoted to AM...but while being promoted i was offline sleeping as a silent AM kicked all members and AM's out and deleted all the boards but the general. so it became a rebuilding process.
knowing that i was in contact with 2 others stormshadow and Augur another friend and created Top of the Town. Augur left TOTT to run his own website after i returned from the hospital in 2004.
the troll that loves to get under my skin wanted to join Voices of US/UK. in the process he wanted a joke board. i had an idea and needed anne's help. but anne had no idea how to do it. so i let the troll in and change the group settings to private. i then banned the troll from the group. which that pissed the troll of and quickly accepted and banned his other names.
He then created a group called Bottom of the Bucket. which as the troll made a message that if i reported his group it would start a spam war as he would join my group and rainbow's group. i rejoined Voices Unleashed and was later kicked out by the manager of the group of april 2004 in rainbow's group they were bored in the chatroom. so they did random bootings just for laughs...it wasn't funny as they did it 5 times on me one week. 10 times the 2nd week. and 3rd week 5 times including 2 15 minute of waiting to be allowed in. so in hippies around the world Chive the manager there gave everyone hammers in the chat room. i took out my revenage on manda. i was booted out the room and returned. manda then kicked me out of VU because of that... i returned to rainbows group to try to get answers. manda was ignoring me so with that i annouced i'll leave the group i done so. i get an e-mail from rainbow how i made 2 other members leave the chat. i told her that i said 5 things in that chat and i left.
i joined a group called the rejects while being a member of whatisyourpoint2. the rejects group was talking about the groups we were rejected from like banned or cancel. as anne had a longer list along with a banned sn. Woody promoted XP at the group and i looked around at it and asked my friends of there opinion on curtis if they knew him. they basically saw him as a troublemaker. i wanted to give it a try of the group. so i joined and thats where everyone else has met me...
i met new friends lost some and made a peace treaty to forgive and forget other people.
to those that used to be my friends secrets they kept with me will still remain a secret. i may burned the bridges but any secrets i was given before the ugly fight i am that honest to keep as i did so with another friend in a teen chatroom long ago as i knew her secret as she knew mine. we had a ugly fight and when we hated eachother i told her that regradless of our hatred i still keep her secret a secret. i'm not the type that use one's secret's as ammo in any fight. thats probaby the only thing i can keep my word on.
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