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Inceltown
Aug 6, 2019








Ugly In The Morning posted:

Every goon Iíve met IRL has been fun to hang with. I mean, in the ten years Iíve been regged (as of today!) thatís been like four goons but still, all good people.

Every goon I've met has been nice too. That just means it's probably me that is the goonie one.

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Creature
Mar 9, 2009


I picked up a seashell to illustrate my homelessness.
But a crab crawled out of it, making it useless.


Back in 2008 I posted a E/N thread (under another username which Iíve since lost access to) about a girl Iíd completely fallen for. I was young and stupid and goons gave me some good advice about how not to be a total dickhead.

Weíve been married almost 5 years now. Iím still a dickhead but Iím a very lucky dickhead.

china bot
Sep 7, 2014

you listen HERE pal
SAY GOODBYE TO TELEPHONE SEX


Plaster Town Cop

I'll just say: thank you Chicagoons for welcoming me into your game nights when I was at my absolute lowest. It was a desperately needed reminder that people could be good and life could be enjoyable right before I had to rebuild my entire life from the ground up. Also, I learned about Root and Twilight Imperium, two of the coolest board games I've ever played.

Jesus Toast
Sep 30, 2005



This place is has helped me keep my sanity and spirits up for decades now, but especially for the past few weeks.

My fiancée and I got a call that a dear friend of ours had died. The lady was like a second mother to my fiancée and was supposed to have sat in the mother of the bride's seat at our eventual wedding. After I got back home from work that same day, we got another call letting us know that my uncle had passed. Two in one day, not the best start to the week, but the memorial services came and went without much ado and it seemed like things were about to get back on track for us to move to New Mexico after the 4th of July. Clearly, this didn't happen. Instead, I was getting dressed for work and my fiancée's daughter called in tears and just generally freaking out because her dad had just died from stupidly trying to smoke while on oxygen. We'd spent months preparing for a fight with the man, but now he was just gone. My fiancée was inconsolable because that's the father of her children and, even though they hadn't gotten along in years, part of her wanted all of us to get along for the kids. While she's breaking down and packing clothes, I'm calling out of work, making sure our pets are covered for the week because we're having to go off the assumption that we're driving to New Mexico, staying until the weekend, and then I was driving back to finish out my two weeks at work and bring our pets and some essentials.

We got all of that arranged and we were on our way in a couple of hours. Smooth sailing all the way through Tennessee, only to have a blowout halfway between Memphis and Little Rock in the wee hours of the morning. After we got that fixed, we parked at a truck stop to try and get a little nap because I'm the only driver. The daily call from my fiancée's former mother in law woke me up just as I was finally starting to relax enough to sleep, so a full day of traveling began. The goal I had set was Amarillo, or close to it. In retrospect, that was the easiest day we had. Just a pure, straight push westward to get to where we needed to be. Of course, that was also the day that I remembered Oklahoma exists. Nothing against the residents of Oklahoma, I just hate the state in general. Largely a combination of the landscape and weather, but there was no drat way I was going to spend the night there. Luckily, we barely made it to McLean, TX and found a nice little hotel just around the corner. It was at this point that the former mother in law called again, and I was starting to suspect that she just loved calling people at daybreak like some weird rooster that just missed the opportunity to be an AT&T mascot in the 90s.

But we had somewhere to be, and we were going to get there today, no matter what. Other than emergency bathroom breaks for upset tummies, the rest of Texas went by quickly. The problems started in Santa Rosa, NM when we stopped for fuel. The air conditioner had been amazing for the whole trip but it suddenly stopped working and the day was already gearing up to be a scorcher. You don't really know how much you love someone until you're both sweating balls in tight quarters with no air and you keep alternating between biting the other's head off and apologizing for it and still wanting to be around each other. Of course, it couldn't just be the air conditioner, so the speedometer shat itself when we got back on the interstate. We were using maps to navigate, so I ended up using that as a substitute. That didn't last long because my phone overheated and had to resort to keeping pace with other vehicles. We made it, though. A little worse for wear, but we were here.

The kids had only seen me once or twice when their mom was video chatting with them, so the first meeting was a bit rocky, but it went about as well as you could ask for, given the circumstances. The next morning, the car wouldn't start and we had a laundry list of things that needed to be done. So not only did the kids have a strange man along with their mother, but their dad had just died and now I was going to be driving their dad's car, too. We narrowed down the issue with my car to the starter going bad, but in our haste to get out here, I'd forgotten to pack my socket set. It just so happened that the old mother in law's caregiver is one of those jack of all trades, gentleman scholar types, and without his help, the old starter would still be on.

We've been here nearly two weeks, the kids have warmed up to me and are really happy to have their mom back, and are excited that she's with someone who loves her and makes her happy. Of course, our pets and a few things we would have liked to keep are halfway across the country and we have no idea how we're going to get them or even make arrangements for their care for an extended period. We have too much to take care of here and no real way to get them. New Mexico is taking Covid-19 more seriously than any place we went through, so even if I could teleport and drive back with a dog and cats in tow, we'd still have a 14 day quarantine to figure out. Nevermind that the neighbors that I would have counted amongst my best friends a month ago are starting drama and saying that we just abandoned everything in spite of them literally seeing my mom come by every day to take care of the pets. So we don't know what the gently caress.

That's neither here nor there. Reading these dumb forums has really just helped me keep my head up and moving forward. Thanks, Goons

credburn
Jun 22, 2016


A decade and more ago I got in trouble for some stuff I didn't really have anything to do with but was in such a way that I could not detach myself from it, so I was going to commit suicide. I made some mention of it, talked about the pragmatism of it, and while a lot of goons were like DO IT DO IT and others were kind of helpful, someone (I don't know who) did some Internet sleuthing, somehow discovered my name (which I don't recall ever giving out back then) and then found some family members and told them about it. I don't know if that saved my life, necessarily, but that action did clue my family in on what was happening, which changed the entire dynamic of everything and that wouldn't have happened otherwise. I sure wasn't going to tell my family about my plans. I was really pissed off at the time, because to me it only complicated what was supposed to be kind of a simple exit.

Well, for better or worse, I'm here, still alive. It's not hard to imagine a separate universe where that person didn't make a call and I never had my family get upset with me and then poofed out of here forever.

Inceltown
Aug 6, 2019








credburn posted:

A decade and more ago I got in trouble for some stuff I didn't really have anything to do with but was in such a way that I could not detach myself from it, so I was going to commit suicide. I made some mention of it, talked about the pragmatism of it, and while a lot of goons were like DO IT DO IT and others were kind of helpful, someone (I don't know who) did some Internet sleuthing, somehow discovered my name (which I don't recall ever giving out back then) and then found some family members and told them about it. I don't know if that saved my life, necessarily, but that action did clue my family in on what was happening, which changed the entire dynamic of everything and that wouldn't have happened otherwise. I sure wasn't going to tell my family about my plans. I was really pissed off at the time, because to me it only complicated what was supposed to be kind of a simple exit.

Well, for better or worse, I'm here, still alive. It's not hard to imagine a separate universe where that person didn't make a call and I never had my family get upset with me and then poofed out of here forever.

Just empty quoting this to say I'm glad you're here to still post.

Moo the cow
Apr 30, 2020



Blimey. One of the few times a goon project resulted in something good being in the world.

Inzombiac
Mar 19, 2007

PARTY ALL NIGHT

EAT BRAINS ALL DAY


I have chronic sleeping issues so I'll play games with Goons in the wee hours.

I was having an especially hard time and mentioned it in the guild chat of SFD. Someone, and I hate that I forget who, chatted with me privately for a few hours until I felt better. When I go a few days without sleeping, I am at risk of self-harm and having someone be patient and reasonable with me helped re-calibrate how I think during those episodes.

SA is a community I've come to rely on for a long while now and I seriously don't know if I'd be alive without it.

Inceltown
Aug 6, 2019








Inzombiac posted:

I have chronic sleeping issues so I'll play games with Goons in the wee hours.

I was having an especially hard time and mentioned it in the guild chat of SFD. Someone, and I hate that I forget who, chatted with me privately for a few hours until I felt better. When I go a few days without sleeping, I am at risk of self-harm and having someone be patient and reasonable with me helped re-calibrate how I think during those episodes.

SA is a community I've come to rely on for a long while now and I seriously don't know if I'd be alive without it.

Wait, our usernames aren't meant to be ironic?

gently caress.

The Bloop
Jul 5, 2004




Ultra Carp

Inceltown posted:

Wait, our usernames aren't meant to be ironic?

gently caress.

"Volcel unincorporated community" is too long for a username though




I really want to say that I appreciate this thread

TheMostFrench
Jul 12, 2009

Stop for me, it's the claw!



Before "Let's Play" became a big thing that gamer channels do, that was one of the big draws for me to this forum. I did a few of my own, but the videos don't exist anymore. At the time (nearly a decade ago I'd say) newcomers were advised never to use youtube and the hosts I used then have disappeared. It taught me a bit about video and audio editing, general planning and scheduling, and gave me some fun projects that let me approach things I already enjoyed in new ways.

There have been lots of good A/T threads for advice about a bunch of topics (home repair, mental health support, more specific stuff like learning a language), some threads are more accessible than others but that's the nature of these things. It's good to be able to read through and see what stuff other people have to offer, especially in a time where education is becoming more expensive.

Most recently I come in for pick me ups like the GBS Simpsons Meme thread, PYF things in games, or maybe some inside perspective on global issues like the American riots thread. The last one especially has been helpful to show to family and friends who might only get their news from commercial broadcast media - seeing the riots from people who are directly involved in them has really helped open their eyes to stuff.

TheMostFrench has a new favorite as of 04:49 on Jul 6, 2020

BrigadierSensible
Feb 16, 2012

I don't mind taking charity,
From those that I despise

When I was having issues with visas etc. getting a job in China, a few years ago, a goon helped me with that.

I never actually took the job that he suggested, and the job I ended up taking led me to another horrible job in China. A place I will never go back to for a multitude of reasons.

But the goon was always friendly and helpful, and was acting in good faith. He also introduced me to many other friendly helpful people/goons. Some of whom I met in person, and many of whom I am friends with on WeChat even now almost 2 years after I left Jian'ou.

Captain Lavender
Oct 21, 2010

verb the adjective noun



I'd been overweight my whole life, W&W was the first thing that really resonated with me. The threads there basically said: you're overthinking it; here is a list of basic diet and exercise concepts that will work; please lift a weight. And it being SA, I was completely confident that I wasn't being sold anything, and the advice wasn't coming from screeching gym assholes (mostly). It helped me get down to a reasonable weight and fitness level that I know made my 20s so much better.

My sanity took a nose-dive in 2014 for reasons I'm still not completely on top of and I doubled my body weight that year. In the past year or two though, I've felt myself return to OK, and the first place I ran back to was now-YLLS; and I've been relying on it again. SA has just been a place where I could find moorings from time to time over the past 15 years.

JacquelineDempsey
Aug 6, 2008


Two new stories of SA making my life better:

I got tapped to be the new PYF IK. "Whoop-dee-do", you say. But when you've been job-hunting fruitlessly for months since losing your job thanks to the roni, and you start to think "I'm old and under/overqualified for anything out there", it's a loving legit pick-me-up feel-good moment to have someone say "hey! I think you'd be good at something! Wanna job?" It's been the mental equivalent of ruffling a kid's hair and saying "you done good, champ", and I really needed that, what with my general crippling depression. Probably sounds stupid, but it's the truth.

Part of said crippling depression is that I've been homeless and living out of my car, and some goon just paid for me to stay in a good hotel tonight. I had a much-needed hot shower, I'm watching tv in a comfy bed, and omg they have free breakfast in the morning! This is the most relaxed I've been in daaaaays. Thank you, whoever you are.

Goons, y'all rock. Please continue to share your stories here, this thread is blessed x 100 and we can all use that right now.

(USER WAS PUT ON PROBATION FOR THIS POST)

Azzur
Nov 11, 2009

Victory.


I was one of those people that had a pretty bad crippling addiction to World of Warcraft. Back in college, It just consumed everything I did. When I realized I had a problem, I decided to quit cold turkey. As someone who hadn't faced addiction before, I wasn't really prepared for how much of my social life and day to day habits I had tied into the game. I had swaths and swaths of free time, but I was still stagnating as a person. I had someone send me some Let's Plays to check out and it gave me some distance from games while sort of weening myself off of them. In time, I started on my own, which became a great creative outlet for me. It helped me put myself out there a lot more and to just embrace my ideas more confidently. It, most importantly, helped me partition time and explore life more.

Nearly a decade later, I've lived in several different countries, made friends across the world, and am currently planning my marriage with a wonderful woman. Maybe that's not all on the back of SA, but I'm not sure I would have been able to break my habits without it.

crowtribe
Apr 2, 2013

I'm noice, therefore I am.


Grimey Drawer

SA got me through my initial realisation I had some pretty crippling depression that I had been shying away from facing and finally started seeking treatment. People were often an open book about their lives and personal struggles in the oddest of threads that it was the first step in being able to talk about it openly in my real life.

More than that though, is seeing the evolution of the forums and what it's done for others. I'm a white, hetero, cis male, I've never really needed to struggle for anything in my life, and if I did, there was always an official support network in place for me. But I saw in more and more posts over time the discussions of others from gender, sexual and racial minorities come out with their stories and feelings and pushed me to support, advocate and educate myself for others, particularly in fields and life experiences I'd never otherwise have encountered.

SA can be good people, and it's good to see it helping others when they need it.

Inceltown
Aug 6, 2019








crowtribe posted:

SA got me through my initial realisation I had some pretty crippling depression that I had been shying away from facing and finally started seeking treatment. People were often an open book about their lives and personal struggles in the oddest of threads that it was the first step in being able to talk about it openly in my real life.

More than that though, is seeing the evolution of the forums and what it's done for others. I'm a white, hetero, cis male, I've never really needed to struggle for anything in my life, and if I did, there was always an official support network in place for me. But I saw in more and more posts over time the discussions of others from gender, sexual and racial minorities come out with their stories and feelings and pushed me to support, advocate and educate myself for others, particularly in fields and life experiences I'd never otherwise have encountered.

SA can be good people, and it's good to see it helping others when they need it.

JacquelineDempsey
Aug 6, 2008


crowtribe posted:

SA got me through my initial realisation I had some pretty crippling depression that I had been shying away from facing and finally started seeking treatment. People were often an open book about their lives and personal struggles in the oddest of threads that it was the first step in being able to talk about it openly in my real life.

More than that though, is seeing the evolution of the forums and what it's done for others. I'm a white, hetero, cis male, I've never really needed to struggle for anything in my life, and if I did, there was always an official support network in place for me. But I saw in more and more posts over time the discussions of others from gender, sexual and racial minorities come out with their stories and feelings and pushed me to support, advocate and educate myself for others, particularly in fields and life experiences I'd never otherwise have encountered.

SA can be good people, and it's good to see it helping others when they need it.

As a newly minted IK, I can now lay the smack down on assholes.

I wish there was some way I could use that power to elevate non-assholes people like you to "gently caress YEAH" posting status. Because gently caress YEAH. You good peeps, my friend.

Snowglobe of Doom
Mar 30, 2012

Because if I tell you, you'll tell your friends, your friends are callin' me on the horn all the time, I gotta show up at shopping centers for openings and sign autographs and shit like that and it makes my life a *hell*. Okay? A living hell.


JacquelineDempsey posted:

I wish there was some way I could use that power to elevate non-assholes people like you to "gently caress YEAH" posting status. Because gently caress YEAH. You good peeps, my friend.

Gangtags?

Inceltown
Aug 6, 2019








JacquelineDempsey posted:

As a newly minted IK, I can now lay the smack down on assholes.

I wish there was some way I could use that power to elevate non-assholes people like you to "gently caress YEAH" posting status. Because gently caress YEAH. You good peeps, my friend.

Probe's but with a cat for the reason.

Sid Vicious
Jan 1, 1970




A year ago I lost my job and was struggling to even feed my kids let alone lay my rent and I came to GBS and basically literally begged for help, and the community rallied and raised enough for my rent to get covered and because of the relief from that stress I got out and found a new job right away. not to mention that this place is the place where my friends are. I don't like people in real life, but I love this place and it's literally all of my socialising.

Rags to Liches
Mar 11, 2008

future skeleton soldier




Sid Vicious posted:

A year ago I lost my job and was struggling to even feed my kids let alone lay my rent and I came to GBS and basically literally begged for help, and the community rallied and raised enough for my rent to get covered and because of the relief from that stress I got out and found a new job right away. not to mention that this place is the place where my friends are. I don't like people in real life, but I love this place and it's literally all of my socialising.

you're good people sid

I play ffxiv with goons and some of them have ended up better friends than my IRL friends.

Rags to Liches has a new favorite as of 01:31 on Jul 13, 2020

JacquelineDempsey
Aug 6, 2008




Alright the pic belongs in PYF Anti Food Porn because I suck at taking pics, especially food. But there is no more beautiful Food Porn than when you're poor and hungry and a goon who lives on the opposite side of the country, three time zones away, offers to buy you a pizza. Correction --- not a pizza, but two pizzas.

Yeah a goon (who I'll keep anonymous unless they don't mind) learned I was hard on my luck and offered up 2 large pizzas with two toppings*, no strings attached, from my favorite local mom & pop place. They ordered/paid online, and all I had to do was go get them.

Plus it tickled me to no end walking in and saying "uh, yeah, I should have 2 pies for 4 o'clock pickup? Name's [stifling a goofy goony grin] Jacqueline Dempsey?"

*Pictured: black olive and mushroom. Not pictured: pepperoni and sausage. Because I know goons have strong opinions about pizza toppings: so help me god if y'all start a drat derail about it in this truly blessed thread, I will chain sixer you for ruining my feel-good vibes

The Mighty Moltres
Dec 21, 2012

Come! We must fly!



JacquelineDempsey posted:



Alright the pic belongs in PYF Anti Food Porn because I suck at taking pics, especially food.

gently caress off, I would devour that.

Treguna Mekoides
Jun 17, 2008

A witch is always a lady except when circumstances dictate otherwise.

JacquelineDempsey posted:



Alright the pic belongs in PYF Anti Food Porn because I suck at taking pics, especially food. But there is no more beautiful Food Porn than when you're poor and hungry and a goon who lives on the opposite side of the country, three time zones away, offers to buy you a pizza. Correction --- not a pizza, but two pizzas.

Yeah a goon (who I'll keep anonymous unless they don't mind) learned I was hard on my luck and offered up 2 large pizzas with two toppings*, no strings attached, from my favorite local mom & pop place. They ordered/paid online, and all I had to do was go get them.

Plus it tickled me to no end walking in and saying "uh, yeah, I should have 2 pies for 4 o'clock pickup? Name's [stifling a goofy goony grin] Jacqueline Dempsey?"

*Pictured: black olive and mushroom. Not pictured: pepperoni and sausage. Because I know goons have strong opinions about pizza toppings: so help me god if y'all start a drat derail about it in this truly blessed thread, I will chain sixer you for ruining my feel-good vibes

Blessed, blessed gift pizza. There is no better high than gifting a hungry friend pizza and seeing their joy, and no better salve for the soul than to receive gift pizza when one needs it.

JacquelineDempsey
Aug 6, 2008


The Mighty Moltres posted:

gently caress off, I would devour that.

Yeah, I'm on a friend's machine rn with a better monitor and that pic actually isn't so bad, lol. I gotta re-calibrate my lovely laptop screen, because it looks like washed-out undercooked rear end on that.

Oh, and best believe I did devour it, that pizza is the best in my area. And the gifting goon also blessed a struggling local business trying to get by with only takeout, and no one going to the awesome indie theater right next door which has been closed since The Coronapocalypse started. It was eerie as hell walking in there on a Friday and seeing all the chairs on the tables, instead of the place being mobbed with folks enjoying pizza and beer before walking next door to catch whatever summer blockbuster should be showing.

Somfin
Oct 25, 2010




Nap Ghost

JacquelineDempsey posted:



Alright the pic belongs in PYF Anti Food Porn because I suck at taking pics, especially food. But there is no more beautiful Food Porn than when you're poor and hungry and a goon who lives on the opposite side of the country, three time zones away, offers to buy you a pizza. Correction --- not a pizza, but two pizzas.

Yeah a goon (who I'll keep anonymous unless they don't mind) learned I was hard on my luck and offered up 2 large pizzas with two toppings*, no strings attached, from my favorite local mom & pop place. They ordered/paid online, and all I had to do was go get them.

Plus it tickled me to no end walking in and saying "uh, yeah, I should have 2 pies for 4 o'clock pickup? Name's [stifling a goofy goony grin] Jacqueline Dempsey?"

*Pictured: black olive and mushroom. Not pictured: pepperoni and sausage. Because I know goons have strong opinions about pizza toppings: so help me god if y'all start a drat derail about it in this truly blessed thread, I will chain sixer you for ruining my feel-good vibes

This post made me weep happy tears god bless this mess

BlankSystemDaemon
Mar 13, 2009

System Access Node Not Found



JacquelineDempsey posted:



Alright the pic belongs in PYF Anti Food Porn because I suck at taking pics, especially food. But there is no more beautiful Food Porn than when you're poor and hungry and a goon who lives on the opposite side of the country, three time zones away, offers to buy you a pizza. Correction --- not a pizza, but two pizzas.

Yeah a goon (who I'll keep anonymous unless they don't mind) learned I was hard on my luck and offered up 2 large pizzas with two toppings*, no strings attached, from my favorite local mom & pop place. They ordered/paid online, and all I had to do was go get them.

Plus it tickled me to no end walking in and saying "uh, yeah, I should have 2 pies for 4 o'clock pickup? Name's [stifling a goofy goony grin] Jacqueline Dempsey?"

*Pictured: black olive and mushroom. Not pictured: pepperoni and sausage. Because I know goons have strong opinions about pizza toppings: so help me god if y'all start a drat derail about it in this truly blessed thread, I will chain sixer you for ruining my feel-good vibes
This post is good, and so are you, as is the anonymous posting friend.

lidnsya
Nov 14, 2007
<img src="https://fi.somethingawful.com/customtitles/title-lidnsya.jpg"><br>All aboard the sleepy train!


I've met many good friends through SA, some I've even visited IRL.

Goons have influenced me to be a better person. During the harper days, the CanPol and other D&D threads got me to really start paying attention to politics. And as a cis white person who grew up in a racist redneck town, I have learned and continue to learn sooooo much from goons that makes me examine my own views and prejudices to work on being a better ally.

Several years ago, I got very close to rock bottom with depression. I had to go on medical leave and after a few weeks my employer terminated me and lied about the reason so I was unable to collect EI. It was a big law firm so my depressed rear end figured there was no point fighting it.

My phone, net, and electric were cut off. I had no food except an old box of pasta in the back of my cupboard that was full of dead bugs. I had no way to pay my rent. My only comfort was daydreaming about ending it all.

I posted about my woes in a goon FB group and one of the goons started a GoFundMe for me, goons ended up giving me around $1500 I believe, as well as a lot of emotional support. I was able to get food, pay rent, get my utilities restored, and most importantly without the weight of those worries I began to recover from my illness. I ended up getting a great job not too long after. Now that I am in a better place financially and mentally, I pay it forward to goons and others in need when I can.

I'm very glad it seems this place is sticking around. I don't post much anymore but follow many threads and get so much good info and laughter from you all.

cherry13chumscum
Jun 14, 2020

by Fluffdaddy


Inceltown posted:

Every goon I've met has been nice too. That just means it's probably me that is the goonie one.

Just wanted to say that I grin like a maniac every time I see your stupid avatar montage.

cherry13chumscum
Jun 14, 2020

by Fluffdaddy


I like you guys a lot but I am out of here. Mods are gassing the Lowtax threads. That is not just lovely, it destroys the free speech that the Internet was supposed to provide. I'm now on https://www.something-waffle.com and the hell with this place. No offense to all you goons. Or well most of you anyway

Inceltown
Aug 6, 2019








cherry13chumscum posted:

I like you guys a lot but I am out of here. Mods are gassing the Lowtax threads. That is not just lovely, it destroys the free speech that the Internet was supposed to provide. I'm now on https://www.something-waffle.com and the hell with this place. No offense to all you goons. Or well most of you anyway

drat, I heard you had some fat titties and was hoping to see them posted here one day. Sources close to King Jeffrey say he is looking at removing the home grown rule. Shine bright at your new home comrade.

Please note I will sue you if you use my avatar there and disrespect me.

corgski
Feb 6, 2007



For a more specific thing than just the general good vibes I posted in this thread earlier:

Goons are probably the singular reason my community college dropout rear end can sit in front of a computer and write a discord bot capable of filling out arbitrary madlibs (a surprisingly complex problem as it turns out) in one day. Reading cavern of cobol and project.log and learning how to use google effectively has taught me so much about computers that I never had an opportunity to learn in school.

Sitting Here
Dec 31, 2007


BLO OD E M PR E SS

of

THUDNER-DOME


cherry13chumscum posted:

I like you guys a lot but I am out of here. Mods are gassing the Lowtax threads. That is not just lovely, it destroys the free speech that the Internet was supposed to provide. I'm now on https://www.something-waffle.com and the hell with this place. No offense to all you goons. Or well most of you anyway

Hmmm I will not be going to this new domain, I think. Also this is kind of a dumb thing to do in this particular thread, just as someone who came here to read nice things.

Flint_Paper
Jun 7, 2004

This isn't cool at all Looshkin! These are dark forces you're titting about with!

Years ago (probably around when I actually registered) there was a post your phone number thread in GBS. It being The Past and me being bored, I did that thing. Had several extremely goony chats with extremely goony people.

One person decided to call me based on my avatar (look at the little bear!) and her first words were "Where is the booze? I demand to have some booze". Coincidentally I'd just seen Withnail and I for the first time that week, and we had a good old chat. We kept in touch over the years, either through MSN or phone calls and went on with our lives.

Years and years later, during the Scientology protests, I saw that she'd been to the London one, and I mentioned that I was thinking about going to the Birmingham one. She invited me to come to London and join the protest with her. I did, and we had a grand old time. I travelled back to London several times in the next few months, hanging out and going to parties with her and her friends.

A couple of months later I quit my job, left my girlfriend of four years, and moved to London to hang out with her in a slightly more structured way. We've been together for eleven years, and I proposed to her with a ring I'd made from the wooden cork of a bourbon bottle we'd drank at one of those parties, that I'd kept for all that time.

Being in London also got me into performing comedy, and I was in a group that was Quite A Big Deal for several years, before going off to do my own stuff.

Basically this is one big callout post @ CuriousSymptoms for being an excellent curvy goonette wife, and also sitting on the sofa while I'm typing this, with no idea that I'm actually being a bit sappy online.

SomethingAwful: Weirdly responsible for my life an career.

Hilariously the guy who got me to join SA has blocked me on Twitter. gently caress that guy. The jerk.

Sid Vicious
Jan 1, 1970




Flint_Paper posted:

Years ago (probably around when I actually registered) there was a post your phone number thread in GBS. It being The Past and me being bored, I did that thing. Had several extremely goony chats with extremely goony people.

One person decided to call me based on my avatar (look at the little bear!) and her first words were "Where is the booze? I demand to have some booze". Coincidentally I'd just seen Withnail and I for the first time that week, and we had a good old chat. We kept in touch over the years, either through MSN or phone calls and went on with our lives.

Years and years later, during the Scientology protests, I saw that she'd been to the London one, and I mentioned that I was thinking about going to the Birmingham one. She invited me to come to London and join the protest with her. I did, and we had a grand old time. I travelled back to London several times in the next few months, hanging out and going to parties with her and her friends.

A couple of months later I quit my job, left my girlfriend of four years, and moved to London to hang out with her in a slightly more structured way. We've been together for eleven years, and I proposed to her with a ring I'd made from the wooden cork of a bourbon bottle we'd drank at one of those parties, that I'd kept for all that time.

Being in London also got me into performing comedy, and I was in a group that was Quite A Big Deal for several years, before going off to do my own stuff.

Basically this is one big callout post @ CuriousSymptoms for being an excellent curvy goonette wife, and also sitting on the sofa while I'm typing this, with no idea that I'm actually being a bit sappy online.

SomethingAwful: Weirdly responsible for my life an career.

Hilariously the guy who got me to join SA has blocked me on Twitter. gently caress that guy. The jerk.

This is loving awesome I'm grinning like a maniac

Flint_Paper
Jun 7, 2004

This isn't cool at all Looshkin! These are dark forces you're titting about with!

CuriousSymptoms posted:

I met my husband here. He posted in a 'post your phone number' thread (back in summer 2004, when the world wasn't quite as mad as it is now), and I liked his avatar of a cartoon bear, so I phoned him up to quote Withnail and I at him. We got talking, posted some fun art threads together, and stayed friends. Some years later - we first met in person at the protests against the church of scientology (I know, I know, the gooniest love story) in early 2008; by the summer we were officially dating; we moved in with each other in the autumn of that year. We were married in 2014, and this year marked our 12th anniversary as a couple.

I have made so many real life friends through the forums, particularly in London. Happy memories in particular of frantically colouring in Zoofights illustrations (the chap who created it is the reason I registered - we were friends at uni and he mentioned something about 'this idiot forum' when I was round his room one day). I literally wouldn't have the life I do if it weren't for this stupid community. <3

Dammit wife

agrielaios
Dec 25, 2009


A while ago read in YLLS lifting thread a certain thing about nutrition [don't over-stuff your digestive system, dummy], while I did not heed the good information back then, it did help me deal with some issues later on.

StrixNebulosa
Feb 14, 2012

You cheated not only the game, but yourself.
But most of all, you cheated BABA


This thread makes me smile. I love this place.

Amongst a whole heap of good things I've learned from this place, I'll point to Goons With Spoons' Bread Pudding recipe that I made for a local library function a few years back and everyone there told me that it was the best dish there by a long shot, which felt amazing.

Also obligatory shoutout to how this forum is basically the only one I can hang in to talk about video games without running into nazis or sexist bastards. I feel safe and welcome talking random video games with goons and I value that so so so much.

e: Also wow, SA has been huge for my online social skills. When I first joined up I was a huge lurker and every time I posted it was terrifying because I was afraid I'd get someone mad. And eventually I got over that, but this place got me through that.

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TooMuchAbstraction
Oct 14, 2012

Hubris

Fun Shoe

SA just has so much expertise at drat near everything. I've learned a ton from the DIY forum and the gamedev threads have helped me keep my sanity while working on solo projects. People have fantastic and relevant insights that they share freely without the toxicity you find in so many other communities.

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