Green Fields of the Mind

The Talented Allen Ripley

holden
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Oct 2, 2003
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I will say... to a smaller extent that sense of community continues to exist and it will always exist. I have remained friendly on an "off-board" basis with a lot of the SoSHers you are alluding to above. However, just over the past 18 months, I saw some of that same communal spirit in our poker group. Except for Zomp and Denzera, these were all SoSHers I didn't know before we started. I don't think I would have survived the pandemic without those guys. We were playing poker over zoom sometimes 4-6 nights a week. Nobody was in an office, so the games would go late into the night and sometimes into the early hours of the morning. With the restrictions loosening these days and people getting back into offices, the games have become much less frequent. Thankfully, there is still a weekly codenames game and we still play poker on the second Friday of each month. This group has also evolved into real life meetups and friendships which has been pretty cool to see.
I must admit, I was fully prepared to see a response like, "Oh, new SoSHers are still making friends with other SoSHers, just not with you." :)

Can't say I blame anyone for that. Except myself, of course.
 
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InsideTheParker

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Jul 15, 2005
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I always wanted to go to a bash, but the numerous posts with "I was so drunk that..." made me feel I wouldn't have fit in. But fellowship is good, and I believe I understand that. It's just that I find Facebook evil.
 

Earthbound64

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I always wanted to go to a bash, but the numerous posts with "I was so drunk that..." made me feel I wouldn't have fit in. But fellowship is good, and I believe I understand that. It's just that I find Facebook evil.
Don't worry, you're not the only teetotaling Facebook-avoider here.
Unfortunately, while I used to be in western MA as well, I'm now in Minneapolis.

My life is full of "wish I went to, but didn't" events from the fun days of the 1990s/early 2000s internet.
 

InsideTheParker

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Jul 15, 2005
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Not that it matters but I am not actually a teetotaler, although I have mostly stopped having anything but non-alcoholic beer now that my husband has to avoid alcohol. I just don't like excess, or reveling in drunkenness. If I got the wrong impression, it wouldn't surprise me, but those post-Bash posts are what decided me to stay away.

But returning to Sosh today: I may not physically hang out with Soshers, but I enjoy the heck out of so many of them virtually, and am actually fond of a few, though they don't know it!

And getting back to the lovely thoughts of Mr. Giamatti, it's been almost 24 hours since I have seen a baseball game and I am already more than sad about that.
 

KiltedFool

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Dec 22, 2005
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Sixteen years, couple thousand posts, met one other SoSHer in person in that time. Generally don't post unless I have something to say. This is my 10th post this year, so yeah not much to say. Is what it is, I'm not local to many here and focus is elsewhere.

I do enjoy the Green Fields revisit each year, as well as the post mortems as teams are eliminated.
 
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