Original Title: going out with a ploof, the unknown goodbye
Most of you have no idea who I am, I’m just some anonymous internet person that chimed in with the odd sarcastic or jaded comment. Much like some of the more well known posters have done I am quitting, I have made my last post on this site. I like what this site is and I am sure that I will look at it again, in fact, I will look at it often. I was just reading the thread on wireless internet, as I read it I was thinking how cool it was that you people have formed a relatively tight community that generates good discussion and stores your collectively generated and useful information, what a great source of information this site is. Then it hit me, you folks have a camping trip coming up. How many conversations are going to start with something along the lines of “it feels so good to have actual human contact with somebody other than my wife/husband/partner/dog/whatever and my workmates, most of my socializing is virtual and online.” Maybe I am totally wrong, in fact I hope I am totally wrong. If I am wrong in assuming that this forum is cutting into much of your physical, human to human contact socializing then all the power to you, this is a great forum - please ignore me. If I am right in assuming that a lot of you are sacrificing the real life you could be living for this virtual life then I pity you. I sure wouldn’t want to live like that for long. It’s kinda like heroin. If you look at the junkie you wonder why on Earth they started down that disasterous path, but if you try it a few times you see why they love it so and start to ignore the cost.
So this is me signing off of this virtual world, beginning to live responsibly on it without feeling the need to follow some bizarre, sometimes interesting, sometimes dull, usually poiintless soap opera of live people hiding behind the ananomousity of the internet.