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...this is kind of the flipside to Gish's thread.<br><br>
I've been posting on these internets non stop close to 3 years now.<br><br>
My best internet buddy and a good friend IRL, Techgoddess, has stopped posting.<br><br>
Someone who would always be there with a positive comment for me, no matter what kind of goofy shit I posted.<br><br>
And yet ....I post on....<br><br><br>
Is this some kind of incurable addiction?<br><br>
Or do we actually get something out of this place?
 

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I stay because I can't make myself leave.<br><br>
And because I like you people, even those with warts.<br><br><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Yes, but which is the stronger reason?<br><br>
I'd like to think that we are here for something more than just force of habit or to kill time.
 

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Addiction. I know for me it is.
 

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But there are good addictions such as running.<br><br>
And bad ones such as illicit drug use.<br><br>
Which one is this?<br><br>
Or can't you answer that honestly since you're now a moderator? <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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I don't have anyone IRL who I can call to say XYZ just happened and now I'm ready to smack someone. So, I come here.<br><br>
Likewise, there's no one who calls me to say <whatever> so I come here.<br><br>
Otherwise, I could go days without interacting with anyone.<br><br>
True, my desire to be online isn't very strong when I'm at home, but I'm also really busy for the hours that I'm home (generally).
 

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<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> Then my advice to you is to unplug immediately.
 

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<i>This guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, "Doc, uh, my brother's crazy; he thinks he's a chicken." And, uh, the doctor says, "Well, why don't you turn him in?" The guy says, "I would, but I need the eggs."</i><br><br>
- Woody Allen, <i>Annie Hall</i>
 

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Me either. Telling fact: I never read let alone post on my days off, because I have things to do. My work days, on the other hand...<br><br>
I do however also purposely keep myself somewhat distanced, even though I have met some now good friends through internet discussion boards in the past.
 

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I've met probably 40-50 of the posters in the 30s thread (where I can usually be found). So, they've gone from being my internet friends to being my RL friends. I'd find it strange NOT to check in every day - at least to see what's going on - even if I don't necessarily post.
 

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And one reason I come here is to read your smack talk.<br><br>
And I sympathize with your concerns, but having met you IRL, I usually also find it very amusing.<br><br>
Except for your mother, who I am starting to want to smack around myself. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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I'm on the paid staff. I can't quit here because then I couldn't afford to run any marathons or halves. I'm thinking about asking for a raise if I'm to continue staying here.
 

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Once again Diane, I think you and Woody have gotten to the heart of the matter.<br><br>
I know that sometimes.... I need the eggs.<br><br>
I don't ask for virtual hugs or support often, but the few times I have, it has been there for me here.<br><br>
And it has helped. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I stay because it's my only source of news, current events and friendship.
 

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Likewise. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
I consider some (many, even) of the folks here friends, even some I haven't met in real life.<br><br>
Heck, I was even <i>routing</i> for Xavier! I was also shaking my head in disbelief as I did it, but I did it. *Don't tell the alumi committee, they may retract my diploma.<br><br>
And if I thought that smacking my mother upside the head would actually accomplish anything, I would have done it decades ago.
 
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