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 Post subject: Why am I still here?
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:02 pm 
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There is a bit of a focus right now on why people leave.

Lets also look at why people stay.

I am very happy to start :D

1. I am just addicted to Kruger.. as with most addictions, love affairs.. I think about it constantly.

2. I have met some really special people.. I have neved filled in how many yellow ribbons I have met. It might take too long. I have so enjoyed meeting people whose passion matches my own.

3. I see it as a way of spreading my addiction. I love it whan I can be of assistance to someone who is looking for help. I love the fact that they can feel heard.

4. I am always learning. There are so many cracker jack people who give sage and meaningful contributions. I thank them for that.

5. I love to laugh... also at myself :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Why am I still here?
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:09 pm 
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well said MM! :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Why am I still here?
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:11 pm 
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:clap: :clap: :clap: I do agree MM well said

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 Post subject: Re: Why am I still here?
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:20 pm 
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Well said MM. :clap:


I can add my point 6:

6. I started a quiz and some has to keep on asking questions :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Why am I still here?
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:33 pm 
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:big_eyes: MM

For a moment you sounded just like Maria (my wife)

"Why are you still here?"

Only she would say

"ARE YOU STILL ON THAT !@#$%^&& COMPUTER!
Come to bed NOW"
:roll: :redface:

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 Post subject: Re: Why am I still here?
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:13 pm 
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I am still here for all of the above. There are days I can't even visit but on most I manage a quick trawl between guests or - like today - whilst having a bite to eat whilst waiting for the other gardners to join me in digging holes for opperation cycad.

I have never even thought of leaving - I get too much from the forum even if it is just being forced to rationalise why I do not agree with something.

I do however leave threads (some that I can probably make a valuable addition to). I do this because I am not prepaired to get all hot under the coller just because someone is so emotional about a topic that their choice of words or adamant stance makes me feel uncomfortable. This is for my own sanity as this is my escape hatch form the pressures (I know jeep jocky's have no pressure -we are always on holiday) of my job.

Don't know if this makes me a bit of a coward out there in the electronic ether (but I have always been a fan of the cowerdly lion)

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 Post subject: Re: Why am I still here?
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:28 pm 
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I stay on this Forum because it is the closest place I can be to the bush, when I am not in the bush! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Why am I still here?
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:37 pm 
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Well.... I have packed my bags before, decided: "This is it! I don't need this place!"
The truth is that I never pack enough into that bag to last me anything longer than overnight. When I wake up the next morning it the same old, same old. Switch on the PC..... Switch on the kettle....... log onto the forum....... get my coffee. That is how all my days begin.
Why? I ask myself. Because this is a place where I can learn so much about so many things, a place which wrecks my grey matter, sometimes tugging at my heartstrings and tickles my funny bone. A place where I've met and keep on meeting so many amazing people.

Will I ever leave on a more permanent basis? Well, something could happen to my PC and it will take me about 2 min to set up the laptop! :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Why am I still here?
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:43 pm 
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I returned the moment I realized the forum runs in Opera Mini from my new cellphone. Why? I missed having info about wildlife and reading about all the exciting things people write of in trip reports. I missed the chit-chat in the Good Morning thread. I could've stayed away permanently but made a choice not to. 8) I've had my share of meets but that's a byproduct. I love SANParks Parks. Simple as that.


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 Post subject: Re: Why am I still here?
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:44 pm 
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Great topic MM. Definately agree. I love getting lost in the forum, it is nice to be able to take a part of the place you love with you, that way it helps with the withdrawal syptoms whilst you are not there in person.
Just last week I was on a train home from work- the train was crammed with sad looking people all in a rush, yet i was lost in this forum on my phone and because we share the parks and the forums I truly believe that we have great insight into real beauty and that makes us better people.

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 Post subject: Re: Why am I still here?
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 3:18 pm 
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What I appreciate, at this point, is that many of us reached a, "gat voll" moment, yet we stayed.

My reason for staying.. :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Why am I still here?
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I stay, because at this point I get so much MORE benefits than non benefits out the forum and the controversial ones....... I just back off an tip toe quietly out the room, :wink: :whistle: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Why am I still here?
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:35 pm 
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Well said MM - once the Kruger got in my blood it raced to my heart,this is indeed my "HAPPY PLACE" like in the movie Happy Gilmore. :lol:

Surely my reason why I am still here


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 Post subject: Re: Why am I still here?
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I stay because I don't know everything and I have so much more to learn.

I stay because there are people out there who can show me things that I didn't know and because my life is richer because they expand my knowledge.

I stay because if I don't like a thread there is a wonderful link called "Next Thread"

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 Post subject: Why are you on the FORUM??
Unread postPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 6:29 pm 
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Mods Please remove if necessary.

I asked myself this question after being taken out by PM and on the topic by a respected and loved member after he/she complained about too many people updating a list in one of the topics- I who were one of the people updating the list offered a sincere apology and got told that he/she does not get fooled. But in any case that lead me to this question.

Why are you on the forum?

For me one reason out of the many is I am passionate about conservation and would love to learn as much as possible! Like I said this list is long!

Are you on the forum just to see all the negative and respond only negatively? Or are you also here to appreciate and share your love for nature?

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