Joining in & coming out of lurkdom

BothellSeptember 16, 2012

I've been a lurker since the last election. Decided to step out of the shadows as there are so many articulate, intelligent, interesting people here. I may not agree with what is posted, but it is always challenging and interesting. About myself - I am a 60 year old female, married & live in the Seattle, Washington area. I am fortunate to have a career that I have been successful at although I was a victim of the 2008-2009 meltdown of the economy. My passions are reading, gardening, competing my horse & trying to contribute to causes I believe in. I'm hoping to contribute to this forum & its discussions in a positive way & I have an initial posting in mind that I hope to articulate & share very soon.

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demifloyd(8)

Hi Bothell, nice to see you.

I look forward to your initial posting!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 12:00AM
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mylab123(z5NW)

I'm glad you chose to first be a quiet visitor, it's much better I think when a person is fully aware of the type of atmosphere of the forum they are contemplating contributing and sharing in.

This place can be shocking, although I've been told it's mild compared to a whole lot of what is out there. It's not congenial at all at this political point in our nation but it's never really a hands across the water kind of place - the name is, after all, HOT topics!

I do wish it were different, I suspect lots of us do. More like, warm topics, maybe?

I've been told that this forum is rather mild compared to what's out there in internetland - I still find that hard to believe, but then I have my very few places I go and besides research, I don't wander from those places, so what do I know? ;)

Anyway, I'm glad you have allowed yourself to learn the lay of the land and I eagerly anticipate your contributions!

Welcome!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 12:11AM
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citywoman2012

Welcome to you .

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 12:40AM
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greatgollymolly

Hi, nice to meet you.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 12:47AM
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mrskjun(9)

Welcome Bothell, look forward to your first post.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 5:26AM
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tobr24u(z6 RI)

What do you think about men who wear manties?,

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 6:32AM
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pnbrown

Pay small attention to Tob, I'm sure you have figured that out already. Now forewarned, we are eager to see your first topic.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 7:15AM
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Roughseas

I say pay good attention to TOB. He posts current events with an interesting slant.

welcome.

I lurked here for awhile, lots of characters,lots of ego,lots of fun

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 7:29AM
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pnbrown

Pretty interesting, if one is obsessed with frigging "manties"....

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 7:31AM
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youngquinn_gw

dunno pn , I bet you would look good in a pair.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 7:34AM
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tobr24u(z6 RI)

Manties for all!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 7:37AM
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esh_ga

Welcome, Bothell.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 7:46AM
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woodnymph2_gw

Welcome; I look forward to hearing your opinions and views.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 7:53AM
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momj47(7A)

Welcome, and enjoy. This forum is great fun.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 7:57AM
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chase_gw

Welcome from me too! The more opinions the better!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 7:58AM
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bill_vincent(Central Maine)

Welcome to the fray, Bothell. :-) Jump on in-- the water's a little warm, but you'll get used to it!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 8:18AM
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rob333

Hey Bothell! Glad to hear there will be someone else, regardless of your slant on manties.

y'all are killing me! It's too early for this....

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 8:29AM
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oscarthecat(z7MD)

Welcome. my guess is you are from Bothell. Have friends in Issaquah and Redmond.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 8:39AM
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Roughseas

the manties is his throw away line ...like "there they go again"

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 8:49AM
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marquest(z5 PA)

Hi, Bothell Welcome. I am looking forward to getting to know you.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 9:11AM
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ninamarie(4Ont.)

Welcome Bothell. Looking forward to reading your posts.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 9:23AM
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vgkg(Z-7)

Watch out Bothell, this place is like potato chips...yummy but one can easily overdose. Several of us here have posted thru 3 elections, 4 if you count the soil&compost forum during the pre-hot topics daze. fun, fun, fun...

Bothell 2012
First Termer!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 9:52AM
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october17(5chgo)

Welcome! But only if you agree with me and love my party.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 10:06AM
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labrea_gw

If your candidate loses do you plan to be here in January?

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 10:12AM
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littleonefb

Welcome from me as well. Looks like we are all patiently waiting for your first post.
Hope to see it soon.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 10:27AM
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maggie2094

The suspense is killing me.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 10:34AM
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Bothell

Thank you all for the welcome. Umm "manties" I've sort of seen the topic before and guess I'm alright with them. I live close to Bothell (but not in it) so I borrowed the name from the city. Especially since one of the favorite things kids do to "Welcome to Bothell" signs is remove the first three letters of the ciy's name & well, you see what it now says. Always makes me giggle when I see it. I'm going to put a topic up tonight, that I've been thinking alot about lately, just want to express my thoughts clearly.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 11:36AM
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jillinnj

Welcome! Looking forward to that first post.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 12:29PM
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Big_Papi

"competing my horse"

Are you Ann Romney?

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 12:43PM
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Bothell

ha ha ha. Hadn't thought of that. No my horse, purchased from a Little Nickle ad 10 years ago, has nothing in common with hers other than having four legs, a tail and eating hay.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 12:53PM
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adoptedbyhounds

Welcome, Bothell! Is it raining today?

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 2:14PM
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blfenton

Welcome to you. It's always nice to have another west coaster here although I'm on the other side of the border from you. I love reading what people have to say about politics and the current climate.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 2:20PM
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dockside_gw

Welcome, Bothell. When I saw your name as the original poster, I figured you were from the Seattle area. DH and I lived in Lake Forest Park for 9 years before moving across Puget Sound (a lot more open spaces, less traffic, great views, etc.)

I'm looking forward to your post tonight. DH says I'm addicted to the computer and he's partially right. I tell him I can quit any time I want to. Trouble is, I don't want to. I would have a hard time giving up HT although I have had a week or two, here and there, where I vow I'm through. But, I always come back.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 3:00PM
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demifloyd(8)

Dockside--some unsolicited advice.

My husband said the same thing.
He died suddenly and without warning and I could have spent more time with him instead of the time I spent here.

I was so distraught that I had wasted time on Hot Topics that I didn't post for months and months.

I wish I had back most of that time I spent on this forum and other "surfing."

Just a viewpoint, especially since you said he's mentioned how much time you spend on the computer, I wouldn't want you to regret anything. Of course there's nothing wrong with participating on this forum or any activity you choose and living your own life--we all do.

I just wouldn't want anyone else to say "I wish I hadn't...."

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 3:59PM
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Bothell

Nik: No rain here! We are coming up on 2 months with almost no rain.
Dockside: I know Lake Forest Park, still a lovely area with lots of trees.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 4:24PM
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