Welcome Mat: Q&A Continued

by: Kysen

Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 08:42:00 AM EST



It seems we are approaching the magical 200 comment mark in the first Q&A diary. In order to keep everyone running smoothly, please use the fresh comment thread below to continue the Q&A conversation.

It has come to our attentions that we have had a few new members to the Herd come strollin' in over the past couple of days. We love seeing the fresh new faces joining us for the fresh new year. We are proud of the inclusive nature of the Moose and adding new voices to the conversation is a large part of what fosters it.

First and foremost: a hearty Welcome! to you all...please make yourselves right at home...you are amongst friends. We are happy to have you join our motley family and we hope that you find the accommodations to your liking. /grin


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I am sure that y'all have questions about the purple shores you have landed on...hopefully this diary will answer some of them. Please ask those that are unanswered in the comments.

Please join me below...

Kysen :: Welcome Mat: Q&A Continued
Ok, now that I have y'all reading this far...please take the time (if you have not already done so) to read our About Us and Posting Guidelines. Our Posting Guidelines are fairly cut and dry...we wanted it that way to avoid any confusion. Easy to read and easy to remember...no excuses.


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Another source of Moosey info is our Insider's Guide to Motley Moose, where you can find some of the unwritten 'rules' and traditions of Motley Moose (but, realize, new traditions are always being made!).


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Here are a few other helpful tips that will ease your way:

  • Our comment threads tend to become 'unmanageable' at about the 200 comment mark. Things get boggy and can really frustrate those with slower machines. So, when a comment thread is hopping and has reached that point...just start a 'Part Deux' diary to continue the conversation.

  • It cannot be said too many times...write about whatever you are passionate about. Be it politics, photography, poetry, weather, books, movies, or your new puppy...really, whatever interests you is bound to interest other Moose.

  • Think of our comment threads as dinner table conversations. We start with the assumption that all come to the conversation with good intentions and go from there. If you get upset or angry, get up from the table and step outside for a bit. Things can still get heated here at times (/raises hand in guilt), but, we do tend to make peace quickly and continue working towards finding common ground.

  • You may find that Preview while writing a diary is a frustrating experience. The font, spacing, and general 'look' do not accurately depict the way the diary will look once published. In order to see it properly, select Draft, then Preview, then SAVE (as draft). Viewing the saved Draft allows you to see the diary as it will be posted. It adds a couple steps but, in the long run, it can save time in editing.

  • To post YouTube clips, please select "use old embed" code when embedding. Soapblox does not accept iframes as valid tags. Also, when posting video OR images, please avoid ones exceeding 500px in width because it distorts the formatting of the site (and be aware of how far to the right margin you are in a comment thread...if it is a long thread the images should be even smaller).

That is all that is coming to my mind in these wee hours, I am sure I am missing a lot...but, that is what the comments are for!

Ask away...I'm sure that someone will be able to answer whatever is puzzling you.
If you would rather ask something in not so public a manner...just Email Us.

Consider this an Open Thread...have at it!
/grin


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Halllloooooo! (Hallloooo...hallloooo....halloooo.....) (2.00 / 31)
Wow. Sure is quiet around here. Everyone must be doing something productive somewhere else...

;-)


(echo) (echo) (echo) (2.00 / 26)


Just because they are posting on a progressive site doesn't make them progressives. - John Allen

[ Parent ]
The step from the DKOS freeway to Moosepark can be disconcerting. (2.00 / 28)
It is in large part a volume issue, with eight gazillion users there is always someone to argue with on the freeway. Given the same user population the Moose would certainly have some of those aspects.

But by nature or design the Moose tends towards longer conversations. The articles do not time out for comments for 45 days and sometimes the discussion goes on that long. Comments in many threads tend to be much longer as well, often longer than the article itself. Should the Moose ever suffer/benefit from the volume of traffic anything like DKOS sees there would probably be some re-engineering to carve spaces for more extended conversation separate from the more frenetic all-at-our-keyboards-now threads.

I find myself at DKOS sometimes when I just feel like blathering. But it gets frustrating for me, because the comment threads do not have the characteristics that foster the kinds of contemplation and exchange I generally prefer.

It isn't just the ideological tilt or partisanship that trend me away from DKOS, though those are part of it. The sits just have quite different environments.

In essence, one is not a replacement for the other.  

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


[ Parent ]
The Moose has a lot of action (2.00 / 8)
for a Soapblox blog, or whatever Soapblox is calling itself these days. Daily Kos had a kind of addictive quality to it, because everything moved so fast. There is much to be said for slower and more contemplative writing.  

[ Parent ]
Hi. (2.00 / 32)
Here but quiet, just poking around.

Thanks for letting me in the gate.

And if I laugh at any mortal thing, 'tis that I may not weep.
                     -- Lord Byron


Hey, sweetie! (2.00 / 29)
I'm new also - signed up a good while back, but just never commented.

I hope you are doing well, and weathering the winter.

{{{{{bleeding heart}}}}}


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Hi, Lorinda! (2.00 / 6)
Lovely to see you here.

Out of all the things I did on GOS, I think helping with Gulf Watchers was the most productive, ambitious and dedicated thing I did. What a great group of people! I'm so proud to have been counted among you. Unfortunately, I had to bounce into another activity -- my niece's illness -- and had to walk away. It was too hard to return.

I wish we could meet up. Still have my t-shirts!

We got a lot of snow that broke many of our dried up trees. The area is littered with broken branches and uprooted trees. :(

Hope all is well for you. How have you been?

And if I laugh at any mortal thing, 'tis that I may not weep.
                     -- Lord Byron


[ Parent ]
Hi (2.00 / 33)
Followed a linky thing from dkos and read a bit and am happy to be here.  Sure are a lot of familiar names up in here.

A bit of info re: me
Stay at home mom, also a veterinarian ( I may one day return but at this point we are happy to scrape by and be a family)
Liberal and reality based.  Army brat growing up helped with that I think.  Live in the Chicago burbs.  Hubby is a manager at a small independent union grocery store int the burbs.  My house is up for sale so that is stressful with the two kids being constant messmakers.
Enjoy reading mostly, commenting some and dairying occasionally only.


I am (2.00 / 20)
a stay at home mom from the Chicago burbs too - southwest!! Not a veterinarian though, I was in retail, but since I have my degree I do sub. Good luck with your house, are you staying in the area?

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

[ Parent ]
We are far west now (2.00 / 16)
Looking to move to the nearer west to cut down on the commute for my husband.   We are currently in st Charles.

[ Parent ]
Commuting can take a huge (2.00 / 11)
chunk of time for sure. I hope you get what you are looking for. :)

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

[ Parent ]
We lived in St. Charles in 1997, (2.00 / 10)
and I went to sixth and seventh grade in West Chicago, way back in da seventies. Say hello to the Fox River for me!

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

[ Parent ]
Greetings! (2.00 / 29)
I am urso, the lurker lady, and I appreciate the warm welcome and the sight of so many beloved friends here. Hearts and hugs all around.

Hai, lurker - How are you? (2.00 / 24)
Seeing your name in purple put a big ole grin on my face. :)

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

[ Parent ]
Large smile here also... (1.95 / 22)
from seeing urso AND bleeding heart!

[ Parent ]
I am lovin' the color purple (2.00 / 24)
and the ability to "Fierce" people (is there an emoticon for that?)! Maybe once I get the lay of the purple land and accustom myself to moose qua moose, I will further break my vow of silence and post a silly diary here.  

[ Parent ]
This place has that effect on people. (2.00 / 21)
I haven't wanted to write for a long time, and I put it down to post-op blahs. Not true, as it turns out. I'd have a new post up right now, but I spent the entire weekend reading posts, reading every comment in every one of them, then going back and reading some more, so I have some real life chores to take care of first.

I would LOVE for you to write a silly diary!

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu


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FYI: NKelley, Dkospeeps need you 4 urgent charitable work (2.00 / 9)
There is a fund-raising effort for the family of Richard Meyers,the anti-Limbaugh fellow who died suddenly. They are apparently destitute and at risk of being evicted. Several ppl have said that they would contribute if you would give a looksee to the reliability of the fund raising effort. This is fyi.

I dont know how to embed links. hope this works

http://www.dailykos.com/story/...


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Took care of it, thanks. (2.00 / 6)
COwoman is in the process of writing the fundraiser after visiting the widow, verifying the need, and getting signed up with the Fundraisers group.

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

[ Parent ]
Will you help share it? Rec list is critical (2.00 / 3)
http://www.dailykos.com/story/...

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

[ Parent ]
here or over there? if there, done that.nt (2.00 / 2)


[ Parent ]
Thanks, but I'm going to go remove my own rec. (2.00 / 2)
The person who wrote the fundraiser - the one I pushed onto the rec list with a lot of help from here, there, and everywhere - walked out on her rec listed fundraiser after one hour ... to go to the fucking movies.

I'm not fit to talk to tonight.  

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu


[ Parent ]
Moose lurkers unite! (2.00 / 18)
Lurking is fine...so long as you at least join in on the conversation now and again! We love having new voices..new ideas..new points of view..new life experiences added to the mix.

Plus, we don't bite.
(hard)

/grin

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urso!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (2.00 / 6)
Nurse Kelley said you were here and I was looking around frantically for you.

Glad to see you check in. I have it on good authority that there will be occasional pootie diaries. I might add a woozle one for us woozle lovers. Maybe you can find your moosey muse and do a P&W for us.


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Welcome! I signed up quite a long time ago (Boycott 2011), but was (2.00 / 28)
lured back to dk by the orange siren's song. I intend to spend  more time here (as my work allows, ahem!) in the future, so I'm looking forward to getting to know people better in a smaller, more intimate and less polarized atmosphere.

Cheers, translatorpro

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht


Thanks for all the tips on diaries...they will be helpful (2.00 / 29)
I really like the pace of the diaries. It helps to be able to get some real world work done, come back and still be involved in the conversations.

Now, back to that productive real world stuff. ;^/


Thank you for the welcome. I am enjoying the easier pace here. (2.00 / 23)
There is more time to peruse and reply than I have become accustomed to.

I hope we will leave the place cleaned up after our newcomers' party. We do like fun you know .

Hai everyone, back up in Redmond, Washinton. It is deep midwinter here. That makes it dark and grey: the trees are dark green and suck up all the light that's left.

Putting things away and hoping we didn't bring too much from the Kit House.

Harry is never too much, and Regina awaits her turn to be with us.

Boxes everywhere but getting the temporary apt in order will go better than we expect.

We need a name for this place, and a new way of living.

Our over one hundred year old home is named, variously as: The Kit House; the farmette; O'Pear Lair; Pine Grove, reflecting location and meaning.

This is a temporary refuge and not much to our liking (we are terribly spoiled). We are hoping to be in a jumping off place for greater horizons after treatment, which should commence shortly, getting a handle on our finances, fixing up what's left to do at the Kit House from a base here.

We are trying to keep a positive attitude so what shall we name this...?


It's you! (2.00 / 16)
This is me, indubitably.

I followed your ordeal this summer and have tried to catch up with you, but alas ... haven't done so well.

I think about you often and hope you're beginning to feel better--?


[ Parent ]
Hi, thanks so much. All our efforts since my first visit (2.00 / 12)
to the Infectious Disease doc in DC has been towards calming down immune, central nervous system and limbic systems, since they talk to each other and when one is revved up, they all tend to be.

That has been going pretty well. But at some point, and quite a few indicators, we must just move ahead and begin treating the underlying infections.

It is not without risk, as my immune system continues to sputter and I am generally declining. So, my DH and I, along with our docs will just have to face the fact I can only make so much progress without addressing the underlying causes.

I am hoping our trip scheduled for Jan. 20th through Jan 26th, will result in an attempted treatment plan. We will absolutely need to enter cautiously and quietly. No slam/bangs for me.

Also hoping to see some Kossacks/familiar faces in the mall by some jumbotron. It would be our lifetime chance at being present for an inauguration and we hope to take advantage of that.

I hope this makes some sense about where we are in the process.


[ Parent ]
It makes perfect sense. (2.00 / 13)
Thanks. I've thought of you often over the past few months. I hope something resolves with your health soon.

I suspect the inauguration will help!


[ Parent ]
Tap, tap, tap...hello? Hello? (2.00 / 31)
Is this purple thing on?  Feels very weird to go from Comment #27,405 elsewhere to Comment #1 somewhere new, but I'm diving in. I have to say that the Moose looks friendly, so I guess I shouldn't be scared.

After a terrifying 2012 IRL, I'm planning on a happier 2013 all the way around. Looking forward to giving this new purple thingie a try. I do love orange, but purple always was my favorite color as a kid.

Love to all,
ear

Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.


::waves:: (2.00 / 20)
It's me! So glad to see you here.

[ Parent ]
Me... (2.00 / 18)
Who? Hint?

Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

[ Parent ]
Oh...got it!!! ;-) (2.00 / 17)
Hi!

xoxo...

Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.


[ Parent ]
Whoops... (2.00 / 13)
justme, I just guessed wrong. Turns out: I do need a hint after all!

Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

[ Parent ]
But just think you're userid is likely lower. :) (2.00 / 18)


"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

[ Parent ]
Heh. Just a tad... (2.00 / 15)


Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

[ Parent ]
:) (2.00 / 16)
And thank you for not point out that I have a grammatical error in my sentence.  English are hard.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

[ Parent ]
First mistake free. (2.00 / 14)
Second cost plenty much more.

Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

[ Parent ]
Well, the second one was in my second comment to you. (2.00 / 13)
I think I give up.  :)

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

[ Parent ]
Purple (2.00 / 19)
is still my favorite color !  

Glad to find a place where the decor matches the personality.


[ Parent ]
you are, bar none, one of my all time (2.00 / 20)
...favorite kossacks.  so very very nice to see you in purple.

aloha!

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


[ Parent ]
/blushing! (2.00 / 20)
So nice to feel welcomed. Aloha back atcha! ;-)

Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

[ Parent ]
/beaming (2.00 / 16)
Very good to see your name here! I hope you find that the Moose is a good match for your easy-going spirit.  :)

I see you have already found some of the many familiar faces you will encounter here....Welcome to the Moose! /grin

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Hi ear, and welcome aboard! (2.00 / 12)
I joined here during Orange Boycott 2011, and really like the slower, more relaxed pace - no bojo-watching, tho :P no need for it, apparently, which is really nice! (this is translatorpro)

You'll find more than a few familiar names and "faces", it's been quite the reunion scene the last few days - which is definitely more fun than bojo-watching. I pretty much am a low-profile type on GOS, so looking forward to interacting with you and others in a more personal way in this purple space.  

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht


[ Parent ]
OMG. you're here! I'm so, so, happy to see that since I have missed interacting (2.00 / 3)
with you at GOS and otherwise.
A lot of real life changes have been keeping me away from the computer, but as I was "wandering" through here tonight I realize again that even text can carry a certain aura.
There is an aura here in diaries, and dialogue in comments,  that I fondly recall from elsewhere many moons ago. Sadly,  accept that it's gone.

Let me say right now, the first time I know that there's a purple diva I'm outta here. ;-)
(yep, still ornery.)

Hugs to you.  


[ Parent ]
Hey Laura! (2.00 / 3)
Good to see you again. You looked familiar, and when I looked you were familiar.

Good to see your smiling face!

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


[ Parent ]
Oh, ffs! I completely missed this until now! (2.00 / 2)
How about a Skype call soon? I hope you are much, much better, sweetie.  

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht


[ Parent ]
Much better ... (2.00 / 17)
My crazy time has begun, and I've already spent the entire day running down students, trying to set things up for my courses, trying to fix old PowerPoints and gabbin' in the office.

I'll leave for home in just a matter of minutes, and I have to admit, it's very pleasant just peeking in here and finding friendly, non-combative names ...

Now, the question is, do I stop for a bottle of wine on my way home?  Hmmmm ....


Wine. (2.00 / 15)
Definitely!

Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

[ Parent ]
Hello...... (2.00 / 21)
I just joined and became legal today. Looking forward to some peace over here. Glad to see some names I recognize.  

Welcome to the Moose, broths... (2.00 / 15)
If you have any questions, feel free to ask in any active thread....or, if you don't want to ask 'publicly', just use the 'Contact the Moose' link at the bottom of the page and someone will get an answer to ya.



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i have a question (2.00 / 14)
when do i get my free obama phone?!?

i voted and everything.  still waiting.

also, this video pleases me very much:



Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


[ Parent ]
No Obama phone for you!! (2.00 / 14)
Fog gets the....



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Hi -just got here (2.00 / 19)
Still kinda looking around. Starting to figure things out.I came over to follow some folks I admire.

" Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause. Mohandas Gandhi "

welcome! (1.94 / 17)


Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


[ Parent ]
very different, will take some time to adapt (2.00 / 18)
I'm a bit slow about those things, alas.

I'm a Southerner who up and Pacific North Wested it to Oregon, currently visiting my parental units in the swamps of Louisiana.  Sailing fanatic, usually liveaboard, planning for the first leg of my circumnavigation in a CAL 25 this summer once the Oregon weather changes.  I consider myself an adopted Oregonian.

Flamingly liberal, somewhat orthodox Neo-chassidic Breslover Jew, somewhat autistic but I try not to be too literal when I can see that might not be the intent.  Sometimes I don't see it - it's very OK to tell me I missed the intent when I do.  I live with my parents right now while the weather is crap - I just couldn't take another winter on the water after the last 3 in Astoria.  My parents are FOXbots. And birthers.  And pretty much every other horrid FOXbot conspiracy theory you can imagine, they're on it. sigh

Writer of sorts, perpetual anthro student, language nut.  Currently obsessed with Korean language - if anyone is fluent I love the opportunity to practice - I read and write LONG before I speak whatever is the latest language to be gobbled up. Francophone - lived in Belgium so I do have an accent - big fan of TV5Monde because it's my dialect. :P  

So... yeah.  That's about it for now for an intro.

And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...  


Welcome, Morty! (2.00 / 13)
I had planned on saving the riffs on your name until later, the fingers got ahead of me. ;~)

Welcome to the Moose, Muerte!

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


[ Parent ]
My ex wife and I used to call each other Death and Night LOL (2.00 / 10)
And that was a great clip!  

And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...  

[ Parent ]
Aw, the swamps (2.00 / 12)
My dad and his little friends used to go ::cough:: fishing ::cough:: in the swamps. I loved it when he took those ::cough:: fishing ::cough:: trips because he'd always return with these wonderful little tins of crawfish pie that we'd feast on, morning noon and night, for a week or so.

I love the swamps, if only because it's my secret fantasy that, somehow, some way, those little tins of crawfish pie will magically appear before me one day.

Besides, it's such beautiful country. Gorgeous ...


[ Parent ]
It's very beautiful (2.00 / 12)
but it smells funny coming from the Columbia river basin - not nearly as salty as I think it should be. :P

Crawfish are SO not kosher - you can eat my share. :D

And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...  


[ Parent ]
Mortifyd! Hello! (2.00 / 11)
So glad to see you here!  Just signed up and getting my bearings.

[ Parent ]
YAY! Nice to see you too! (2.00 / 8)
It's all funny coloured and not shouty and stuff :P

And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...  

[ Parent ]
woohoo! hiya! (2.00 / 6)
I just saw you at the book of face recently too! YAY! Contact with non FOXbots!

And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...  

[ Parent ]
\m/ geeks rule \m/ (2.00 / 11)


Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


Ok, in the running for 'Coolest Thing I Saw Today'... (2.00 / 9)
but...my god...some people have WAY too much time on their hands! /grin

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Oh Em Gee (2.00 / 7)
I can't wait to show that to my son! He used his Christmas money to buy a drum set over break, and also plays bass guitar and keyboard. He is a lego playing, Hobbit reading, minecraft loving geek extraordinaire, and he is only 12!!  

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

[ Parent ]
Hello all (2.00 / 17)
Just wandered over from the GOS - it's kinda weird to see comment threads where there are 200 comments and no jerks.

To introduce myself:  I'm from Alaska and am hoping to read posts on how to be more of an activist.  That was my hope on DKos (doubt anybody will know my username since I didn't diary and rarely commented), but it seemed that there was more jousting than educational stuff.  Or maybe I'm just whining.  ;)


welcome to the moose! (2.00 / 16)
right now, wherever you may be, you are approximately 3,900 miles from the center of the earth.

deepest well ever drilled is like, what, 7 miles deep?

yeah.  that's random, but awesome to think about, right?

have fun here.  i do.  :)

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


[ Parent ]
welcome (2.00 / 15)
happy to hear from you and as an activist I'd say that there are tons of things you can jump into in rl

Don't know what your areas of interest are.

My Alaska concerns revolve around the highest rate of rape of women in the US - native alaskan women to be specific.  

"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


[ Parent ]
Hi, and welcome to the purple place! (2.00 / 11)
The bigger the blog population, the more likelihood of bumping into jerks, I think. I like the attitude here - you assume everyone comes here with good intentions, which serves as a good, friendly basis.

I'm more of a low-profiler on DK as well (translatorpro), but will hopefully have more inclination to participate here. The "feel" is much different, imo. Pull up a chair and stay awhile. Let's see what unfolds.

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht


[ Parent ]
There is that, (2.00 / 3)
The bigger the blog population, the more likelihood of bumping into jerks, I think.

But it is more than that as well. "Tolerating" - by a complex definition of "tolerate" - jerkishness is also key. It isn't necessary, and knee-jerking to it compounds the jerkosity.

Conversation is a fine art.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


[ Parent ]
I am now a møøse (2.00 / 11)
I promise not to bite your sister... ;)

I'm still thinking about my sig line. I'm only on my first cuppa coffee...

Formerly Question Authority on DKos...now SheltieMan.

"The story so far:
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move."
― Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe


Welcome to the Moose! (2.00 / 10)
Glad to have you here.  

Just because they are posting on a progressive site doesn't make them progressives. - John Allen

[ Parent ]
I'm still crazy busy IRL (2.00 / 11)
with older kids visiting with spouses/partners, and running them around doing the sightseeing stuff.  But, I wanted to take a sec to tell more about myself than I've done over there in Orange - mostly because now that I'm recently retired, I feel a bit freer to do so, I guess.  And, well the smaller space full of familiar names helps of course!

In Myers-Briggs parliance, I'm an INFP, which is, of course, the Idealist. Fits me in terms of temperment, but a life spent in the international development field, living in a variety of places (6 years in Nepal, 4 years in Ethiopia, 2nd year now in Thailand), and working in countless others, has tempered my idealism with a healthy dose of appreciation for the practical, the doable, the incremental steps that can lead to something bigger and better if you're clever enough or lucky enough, to get the foundations, and persuasive arguments, and the timing right.  Or something.  :)  

I'm passionate about equality in all its forms, about the environment, about creating a place where we all agree that there is a certain level of basic human dignity that we're all entitled to by virtue of being human.  That we live in one world, and that the problems of the world don't stay neatly in their little corners, and so even non-Idealists should care about shrinking glaciers in Nepal, or starving children in Subsaharan Africa, or unsafe and poorly funded schools in inner cities in the US.  And one of the results of being raised in an extremely religious conservative household is having been raised with enough patriotism to really want my country to be at the vanguard of the move to heal our planet, and build a society committed to giving everyone good healthcare, good education, good opportunities, and hope for a brighter future.  So, I tear up at the anthem, silly as that seems, and am happy to also work my tail off to elect more and better allies to see if we can somehow all make a difference together.

Oh, and for me it's not a question of pooties or woozles.  It's both.  At times there have been many of both, depending on the number of near death critters that found their way to the doorstep, but at the moment, two tibetan mastiffs and a Nepali street mutt share the home with a gorgeous jet black pootie from Ethiopia with the most amazing green eyes.   Life would be far less rich without their little pawprints all over it...


What I really want to know is (2.00 / 10)
who is Mat and why does he get his own special welcome diary! 2 in fact!

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

HAHAHA!!! (2.00 / 9)
I have been RESISTING saying that all week. Thank you for clearing it out of my thought bubble!!!!

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Heck, it was the first thought to MY head when I typed it! :) n/t (2.00 / 8)


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Welcome to the Moose, warbler... (2.00 / 8)
If you have any questions, just ask away here (or in any active diary)...if it is something you'd rather not ask publicly, use the 'Contact the Moose' link found at teh bottom of the page. Either way an answer ought find its way to you quickly. /grin

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Aloha from Denver - How y'all doing? (2.00 / 2)
Checking things out.

I love pie ... (Key Lime my favorite) but hate wars and flamethrowers (and the True Believers that tend to carry them around) so thought I'd approach this the way I do most social gatherings ... hang around the edges .... maybe toss in a comment now and then, and if kindred spirits find kindred issues .... :-)


Hey Denver, welcome to the Moose! (2.00 / 1)
Key Lime is the citrus of all citrus, from the Blonde Giraffe if at all possible.

Say hello to LoDo for me. If you didn't make it with any of those microbrews - first: shame on you! - you can find something on tap that Kysen made over by the brass swan in the corner.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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Is "Fierce" good - then "Fierce" to you (2.00 / 2)
Get to LoDo on occasion.  Son has me into dark Belgian Ales - so always looking for local brews that can match the taste and denseness (I know - not a beer term - but I really like the heavy, dark ales).

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