OK, Im In

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by steve319, Aug 7, 2005.

  1. steve319

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    I’ve been hanging around the LPSG for about four months now, and in that time I’ve learned a great deal, been exposed to the wonderful variety of humanity, and felt a tremendous amount of support and encouragement from the membership. I’ve laughed at the wit on display and been touched by the experiences of others. I’ve made an effort to comfort and encourage, publicly and privately, because I’ve received that same support from others. I’ve been heartened to find people out there who feel the way I do about some issues and to discover that other men have gone though some of the same experiences and had similar thoughts. (What do you know? I’m not “the only one” after all.)

    During that time I’ve honestly met people I would even consider friends—people with whom I’ve even exchanged addresses and phone numbers, and I never expected that to happen. :happy:

    While I’ve been considering it awhile now, seeing some of the obstacles Mark faces with fighting to keep this place afloat and functioning has convinced me to become a full-on paying member. Since I never really end up going into the gallery, it’s not so much for the perks of membership (though that search function will be nice). It’s because I believe in what is happening here—in the effort to be there for one another in an informative, encouraging, and positive way. And because I know it can’t be cheap to provide what amounts to a public service to those of us who use and benefit from the forum. Chatting with another of the Steve’s over the down time sort of clinched the decision for me.

    So, I’m in. I believe in the cause and I want this place to continue to reach and teach.

    I suppose the real topic up for discussion is this: what has LPSG done for you? How does it serve to enrich and improve your life? Why do you stick around?
     
  2. Pecker

    Pecker Retired Moderator
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    Wise decision.

    As soon as Mr. Mark notifies me that the check has cleared I'll call off the thugs who have been recently dispatched to break you kneecaps.
     
  3. madame_zora

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    Steve, I think your decision was a good one. There is a lot going on here that is worth contributing to, and I admire your decision to put your money where your mouth is.

    For me, anyone who contributes their time and words also supports this site, but I especially appreciate those who do so with a desire to enrich the board and our readers, and not just to disrupt, although I am sure there are fans of the fights as well. I am here for the popcorn and entertainment. Well okay, I guess I kinda like you guys and gals too.
     
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    Geez, Jana, I didn't know that you really LIKED anyone here. :bounce: Just yankin' your chain, hun.

    Congrats, Steve. You are a good sort, obviously. Thanks for the support, kindness, etc.

    I've always been so delighted to know that there are so many reprehensible people like me, who also have good morals and sound judgment. This is a bit of a refuge for me, as well.

    You guys have been good to me here, too. I'm getting into some serious legal shit with this present divorce. But it will pass. I'm just appreciative of all your kindness as well.

    :hi:
     
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    BuffmusicIdol,

    The divorce/legal shit is what has taken almost all of my time now for the past 9 months. What a pain & miles of red tape to change my name on everything from credit cards to my name in the graduate school program to the electric bill. My ex is the one who filed for the divorce, about time too, after he had (i'm now finding out) 3 affairs. Well, he had the timing of the filing all planned out once I was into my grad school program & had all his ducks in a row, including the woman (now hsi wife) & i'm the one that got shafted-getting onto food stamps now & emergency assistance, etc. just to pay very basic bills, mortgage & tuition for the next year.
     
  6. Alley Blue

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    I'm a big fan of good *quality* conversation. :popcorn: .....and it seems this is about as good as it gets......

    I mostly prefer to read it, but it seems I can't help but interject a little here and there.
     
  7. Pecker

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    It's a decision that works two ways, Steve. You get the privileges that come with full membership (if you're like me, you won't even use them all) and it helps Mark to successfully give us the best damned forum on the internet.

    My decision to join up had more to do with the latter. Mark puts a lot of time and $ into this quest and he as literally agonized for years over a way for us to share the costs without scaring us away.

    The personal atmosphere of the forum tells us that Mark's no cigar-chomping, board of directors porn mogul looking for a fast profit and moving on -- rather, he's a genuine guy with the same angst and joys that we share.

    It's my honor to wear that gold star.
     
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    You mean he's not a Republican?

    But seriously, I couldn't agree more with you, Pecker, on this one.

    Until I came to this site, I hadn't realised how much we men tend to isolate ourselves when it comes to personal matters.

    Women seem to be able to discuss the intimate details of their lives easily and un-self-consciously. Guys need a safer place for that. And here it is.

    Thanks, Mark. Maybe to recoup some of the costs, you should publish a book of the best material. I hereby volunteer for editorial duties.

    hb8
     
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    1. I list entertainment first because I derive pleasure from reading as well as posting to fellow members.

    2. Being able to 'open' up and tell intimate thoughts and feelings probably has a positive psychological effect, too.

    3. As Steve stated, I've also made friends with whom I have a closeness and openness.

    4. The phallus has always intrigued me and it's rewarding to learn from men with different sizes what advantages and sometimes disadvantages they have experienced.

    5. I stick around because of the above and my appreciation of the members who are generally articulate, thoughtful and caring.

    Luke
     
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    As a lifetime loner, I guess I have revealed more of my inner thoughts here that to any human being. A dog would be my ultimate confidant, but I don't have one.

    I especially enjoy reading the posts of DMW and Madame_Z. DMW projects the intelligent masculine image that I would kill for. Madame_Z has fought some of the same demons that I am trying to conquer, and I admire her for telling us about them.

    Despite my over 100 naive posts, I feel like an outsider and an intruder. I hope that you never feel that way about LPSG.
     
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    Your not alone bright eyes........ don't forget your never really alone........
     
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    I'm sorry you feel that way, dufus. You're not an outsider: you're family. You have joined the discussions, and have not done anything to give us a bad impression of you. You are always welcome here, and I'll save you a place at the table, okay? Relax, dude: you're home now.
     
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    And ditto that from me! I know it can seem a bit cliquish here sometimes, because some of us know each other so well, but most (if not all) of us look forward to new members being brave enough to join in the foray, and you have done that well, Dufus.

    Also, I think a lot of us are loners in real life (I wish I could do that cool trademark thingy that Dr. Rock puts after that phrase), that's why we're here too. If I had much of a real life, I wouldn't be here 24/7 :cry:
     
  14. Alley Blue

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    You can say that again!

    Dufus, like DMW said, you are by no means an outsider. I for one have read many of your posts, and although I may not always add a reply, I certainly take them seriously and always thought of you as one of the "regulars".
     
  15. Pecker

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    Dufe, it's common for those who feel 'different' to set up camp on the fringes of 'normal' society. There you naturally seek out others of the same ilk as yourself.

    Many of us here feel much the same way for obvious reasons. I think you found LPSG on those fringes and that we are a good fit for your concerns, opinions and self esteem.

    Please accept our handshakes and hugs. You belong here.
     
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    Bah! Don't think that, dufus. You're as much one of the gang as any of us misfit outsiders. ;)

    (Hey, if a bunch of outsiders band together, doesn't that make us insiders? Or is that a cult? Separatists? Fringe group? Nutso militia?)

    Anyway, we love having you here, dufus. The more we hear from you, the better. :hug:
     
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    Dufus,

    I have to say this. I cringed when I first saw your online name. I hope there comes a time when you will feel that you can change that negative into a positive. I think that we have a lot of loners here on board who have found some connections . Mark has created for us an online "Cheers" of sorts, where everybody knows your name. We are pretty much like any family with a bunch of strongwilled kids.We have throw down fights over one thing or the other and then getting back up and brushing the dust back off agree to disagree for one more day. IF you are feeling alone log in and start talking about it. One thing you do know , if the board is up its open.

    Naughty
     
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    A "Big dick cult!" shhhhhh......keep it hush hush......
     
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