ITGITC Posted October 31, 2013 Share Posted October 31, 2013 Folks, with this, I've submitted 16,000 posts. Wow. Some of you will say that I've wasted my time and should have been practicing instead... and I agree on the practicing part. But I don't think I've wasted my time. Here's why... I've met, on-line and in-person, a LOT of quality people. Quality because you all have taught me so much. Quality because whenever we have had meet-ups, I come away impressed by the thoughtfulness, generosity, and sheer intelligence of those I meet. And always - always - meeting forumites face-to-face confirms what a good group of people spend their time here. At a recent meet-up near Richmond, Virginia I had the pleasure of meeting Gangsu. I didn't know she would be there. It was a total surprise - as she lives in Canada! Upon meeting Sue I gushed. Here is a female who has put up with all of our fart jokes and tasteless humor over the years, yet still she continues to contribute. Honestly, she is even more delightful, genuine, and lovely in person than I imagined. Locally I've met BluesKeys, LearJeff, CNEGRAD, and other guys who have become good friends because we met through this forum. We've talked over beers, made music together, celebrated weddings and birthdays, laughed a lot, and supported each other through the years. When I bought my Nord Electro HP, sight unseen, I called Eric - who writes reviews for Keyboard Mag. I asked for his honest advice and he told me to go for it. I did, and I'm very happy with this board. - Thanks Eric! dB came through town about this time a few years back. And although I was out of town at the time, BluesKeys and LearJeff welcomed him over lunch. I'm sorry I missed that! When forumites come to the area to perform, we try to make the gigs. So far I've met Jim Alfredson as well as Kanker. And, no kidding, both are HUGE talents and as nice as they can be! There are many folks on this forum with whom I have exchanged emails. We've shared concerns and advice, and have even had a few off-line debates. It's always been rewarding. I've got to give a shout-out to ProfD. Whenever I travel to DC, he insists that we sit down for a beer... and that usually turns into dinner. The food usually gets cold before we can eat it because both of us love to run our mouth! So, I've spent some time here, laughed a lot... learned a lot. I don't know how many folks have put me on their "Ignore" list. But for you who are reading this, and particularly those of you who don't always agree with my opinions - and let me know it - thanks for staying civil and accepting my apologies whenever it may have been determined that I could be mistaken. This forum doesn't charge anything for us to read or participate. I try to support it by clicking through the ads and renewing my subscription to Keyboard Magazine every year. I think we all agree, there would certainly be a huge void if this forum were to disappear. Believe it or not, this post isn't about me. It's about a reconfirmation that the people who contribute to this forum make it what it is, a place I look forward to visiting day after day. 16,000 posts - a waste of time? I don't think so. Thank you! Tom Is There Gas in the Car? "Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." - Victor Hugo Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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