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So, we all screw up sometimes, being humans.<br><br>
Sometimes we forget that in here, though. We forget that these screen names, online personalities, are actually, in at least most cases, attached to real people with feelings.<br><br>
It's easy for an Internet game to become something more, even if you don't realize fully, at least at the forefront of your conscious mind, that it is doing so.<br><br>
The people we love deserve for us to remember this, and act accordingly.<br><br>
I've had so much fun here, and have made some actual friends in the process. I've also discovered a few things about myself along the way.<br><br>
I'm incredibly vain and insecure, and at an age where I fear that maybe I've lost some of what makes me, me. I'm so very susceptible to even the slightest hint of a compliment, the stroking of my ego, the assurance that yes, TG, you've still got it, you're not really just a middle-aged midwestern boring mother of three, you're a Goddess.<br><br>
I'm at a point in my life that is rife with stress - my job is extremely demanding, my kids are reaching an age where everything is more complex, my ex-husband, my first love, is in a hospital dying. This place, the land of ego-stroking, virtual hugging, and yes, online flirting, is like a drug. And, like any addiction, it's not healthy.<br><br>
This rambling exercise in self-absorption is really just my way of saying goodbye to this place. I've asked Rich to disable Techgoddess as an identity. I've PM'd my closest friends, giving them my e-mail address if they want to stay in touch.<br><br>
Thank you to all of you who have been my friend, offered up support when I've asked for it, given advice, etc.<br><br>
I'm sorry to any of you whom I've hurt, either by snarky comments, or just by ignoring, or by being a drag on your VRAA team ( <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> ).<br><br>
I'm not a goddess. Not even close. Just an old fool - and there's no fool like an old fool.
 

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You're really a goddess, maybe not of technology (who really cares?), but of much more important stuff.
 

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Damn it, TG. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br><br>
I agree with Martin. Whether you wanna believe it or not, there is a goddess inside of you! I've met her! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
While I will respect your decision to leave, I won't be happy about it. But don't for one second think you can get rid of me that easily!!! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Just means we'll have to go to more Royals games so I can get my TG fix!!!! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><br><br>
I'm gonna miss you, TG! Seriously!
 

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I'm back, I agree with what you say in your post, about the games becoming real. I've gotten myself into lots of emotional trouble here.<br><br>
Bye. I really loved that post about Bach you made a few days ago.
 

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Your realism and humilty make you more of a Goddess than any amount of education or corporate accomplishment can. The reconnecting with your priorities shows what an amazing person you are. <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><br><br>
Best of luck to you. You'll be missed.
 

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Hey TG - I've only started to get to know you here through postings in the PRT, but I never got the impression that you were anything close to a fool (old or not.)<br><br>
Anyway, I wish you the best in wherever your life's travels may take you.
 

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dude.
 

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TG- I'll miss you terribly. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
I want to wish you all the best and don't be a stranger. You're always welcome back.
 

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Wow. Did I miss something? <img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif"><br><br>
If you need some virtual hugs and support, I can't imagine it not being healthy. You've made some great friends here and I know you'll be missed.<br><br>
Good luck with everything, TG.
 
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