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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Waxing sentimental about the Hangout..


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TuneWeaver - Posted - 09/07/2020:  12:45:46


      I hope you appreciate the Hangout as much as I do...Yep.. I have a relative who is very ill with cancer and I'm worried about him.. So.. that makes me appreciate my good health.. and those things that I'm thankful for.. The Hangout is way up there on the list.. I check in everyday, often with the thought "I wonder what trouble...I'm in today..!."     ... !! Usually none, sometimes a little..... Check to see who has responded to posts, who has 'liked' who has made a new post that I can 'fake' knowledge about.. See what Friends have had to say about the posts of others.. on and on...

      It is almost impossible to NOT see regular posters as some sort of 'family'.. and it takes all kinds . You know that old saying, "As above, so below."? well, here it  is "as in real life..so on  the Hangout life'"...but the IS real life also, isn't it!!!

Anyway.. Thanks to each of you.. you make me smile and I'm Thankful for you and the Hangout in general (No beer is involved with this post,, I swear)...wink



How does the Hangout fit into your life?



 


Edited by - TuneWeaver on 09/07/2020 13:06:24

sbhikes2 - Posted - 09/07/2020:  14:10:23


I sort of wrote already on a different forum something similar so I won't cut and paste, but essentially, I feel my life has become filled with boredom. But the boredom is actually a feeling of anxiety mixed with fear and sorrow. Everything is on fire. It is extremely hot outside. I'm trapped in my home because of the virus and the heat and the fires. I've been trapped in my home since March. There is very little human interaction. When I look out the window I see an ashy sky and a red sun. I am afraid my old age will end in homelessness. I'm afraid all the places I would go see someday will be burned up before I can see them. It feels as though there is no future. So the fiddle hangout serves partly to relieve boredom, partly as an adjunct to the violin lessons I'm taking to move my life forward in some productive way, partly as a way to waste the too much time I have on my hands.

TuneWeaver - Posted - 09/07/2020:  14:24:38


Just pretend that your Hangout friends are just in another room!!.. We don't have to be close physically, to be close personally. You are Never really alone.. and In this day and age Social Media..love it or hate it.. brings us all together... We have a lot in common and care about each other (even though sometimes is seems otherwise)...

Don't fall into despair.. Just fiddle and chat.. and you will always have those things to look forward to... You have been very present on the Hangout lately and that is a good thing.. "NEW BLOOD".. not yelling..... you are a breath of fresh air... yada, yada... nice to have you around!!!laugh

LukeF - Posted - 09/07/2020:  16:15:24


Lee:

I am mostly a lurker and not much of a contributor to the Hangout. I enjoy reading and learning from those who do, and I appreciate your many contributions.

TuneWeaver - Posted - 09/07/2020:  16:21:41


quote:

Originally posted by LukeF

Lee:



I am mostly a lurker and not much of a contributor to the Hangout. I enjoy reading and learning from those who do, and I appreciate your many contributions.






AW, Shucks.. You are welcome!!!!

groundhogpeggy - Posted - 09/07/2020:  18:04:23


Well covid has really wreaked havoc on our country and the rest of the world. Seems to me social media, at least the few I get onto, isn't as lively as usual...I mean, I've been a hermit for a while now and I do think I'm seeing other, newer "hermits," those forced into it by covid, not being as active on social media as they usually are. Is it me or is that happening? I know people are feeling pretty depressed and there's so much anxiety and just tough times all around in every way...maybe some people don't even feel like interacting online or even no longer can...I don't know.



But I guess we have no choice but to move forward, do our best and hope for the best...at least hope we have the fortitude to deal with life as it continues on, like so many generations have had to do before us for one reason or the other...true...it ain't like real life on a forum but the people here are pretty supportive and caring. We've got a good thing here, don't we? I know it seems the fiddle-talk isn't as involved as it once was...I think Doug might have nailed it when he pointed out the old timers here were friends and neighbors to the real old timers now so admired from the past...so...newer generations of fiddlers just another step away from the ones who brought the styles and licks and just the whole old time fiddling experience out of their holler and into the open.



But now we have us...those who carry the traditions on, in whatever way we are able. But yeah, like Lee...I see FHOers as my friends...even though it's kinda weird I don't ever expect to meet any of you guys in person...lol. Glad to know all of you, though.


Edited by - groundhogpeggy on 09/07/2020 18:05:15

old cowboy - Posted - 09/08/2020:  03:08:58


Thanks Peggy. Friends don't always agree......but they always support!

TuneWeaver - Posted - 09/08/2020:  03:42:51


Haven't we all seen cases where people didn't get along, and if one of them got sick and suddenly all hard feeling would melt away..

Hoodoo - Posted - 09/08/2020:  09:01:35


I don't post here often, but I visit a few times every week. On the FH and the Banjo Hangout, I've come to appreciate a small group of people. In my mind, I consider them to be sort of distant aunts and uncles that I would love to have as neighbors.

The Violin Beautiful - Posted - 09/08/2020:  10:54:57


quote:

Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

Well covid has really wreaked havoc on our country and the rest of the world. Seems to me social media, at least the few I get onto, isn't as lively as usual...I mean, I've been a hermit for a while now and I do think I'm seeing other, newer "hermits," those forced into it by covid, not being as active on social media as they usually are. Is it me or is that happening?






I've been surprised as well that the boards have been quieter during the lockdown. I've noticed it in other forums as well. Perhaps some of it comes from a desire to avoid getting into discussion because of the likelihood of it running off the rails into an argument about COVID or politics (or both).

TuneWeaver - Posted - 09/08/2020:  11:08:28


quote:

Originally posted by The Violin Beautiful

quote:

Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

Well covid has really wreaked havoc on our country and the rest of the world. Seems to me social media, at least the few I get onto, isn't as lively as usual...I mean, I've been a hermit for a while now and I do think I'm seeing other, newer "hermits," those forced into it by covid, not being as active on social media as they usually are. Is it me or is that happening?






I've been surprised as well that the boards have been quieter during the lockdown. I've noticed it in other forums as well. Perhaps some of it comes from a desire to avoid getting into discussion because of the likelihood of it running off the rails into an argument about COVID or politics (or both).






I find that the Hangout is generally VERY good about avoiding politics..at least so far..laugh



 

groundhogpeggy - Posted - 09/08/2020:  11:21:16


It's amazing to me that somehow a virus that's come to threaten our existence has become political like it has...maybe that was a political statement...lol...didn't mean for it to be, but, well I guess during the black plague maybe there were some who thought that was some political scheme or something too...who knows? I just can't believe in our day and age of literacy and information at our fingertips that somehow we find it difficult to believe that we've been hit by a global pandemic...we were probably overdue for it too...it's not like it should have been a total surprise.

ChickenMan - Posted - 09/08/2020:  14:29:36


"No politics" is one of the few rules here. Seems to be followed for the most part. Really, we do a good job of self monitoring here, especially considering there seem to be few to no moderators poking in to break up offending discussions.

TuneWeaver - Posted - 09/10/2020:  15:32:02


There are probably a lot of comments about the Hangout between members via personal messages... That is how it should be.. I use personal messages a LOT to communicate with members and sometimes it is helpful..other times not.. but USUALLY what happen is that, with a personal message, people drop the 'Hangout ego' and get to chat as people and not as a persona... With so many other social media forums (not here).. people are RUDE, Insulting, name calling.. and I just 'gotta' leave..when I see that.

TuneWeaver - Posted - 10/09/2020:  14:19:46


Recently I had a disagreement with a friend.. He huffed and puffed and I huffed and puffed... In the end we still disagreed , but we are still friends.. That is how it should be.. Here on the Hangout that same thing happens..Such is life.. If it weren't for people Driving Me CRAZY... well, who else would drive??

From time to time I'm told by friends that "I'm not on the Fiddle Hangout ( or Banjo Hangout) because there too many argumentative people on there." Yep.. They are everywhere.. So.. Let's move on..Agreeing to disagree is a good strategy..


Edited by - TuneWeaver on 10/09/2020 14:32:31

TuneWeaver - Posted - 10/09/2020:  14:41:28


A few years ago a Member said that he didn't post much because of disagreeable people here on the Hangout.. I checked out his posts are found that HE himself was often the disagreeable person.!!! (Could have been me!!).. Anyway...The Hangout is what WE make it.. and NO, it isn't perfect but it is of great value to many of us and so it is worth 'working with'..

Swing - Posted - 10/09/2020:  17:09:00


is it better to wax or to wane? ? ?

Play Happy

Swing

boxbow - Posted - 10/09/2020:  18:02:51


quote:

Originally posted by Swing

is it better to wax or to wane? ? ?



Play Happy



Swing






Wax on...wax off.

groundhogpeggy - Posted - 10/10/2020:  04:35:13


The small, religious college so many of my friends and I, plus Mike attended really taught good lessons. It was a religious school, as I said...very small...everybody knew everybody. Most of the profs were retired from big schools all around the country. Many of our classes were seminar style...sitting around a table drinking coffee and arguing our heads off about one thing or another...we all walked out chuckling about our differences and going to the student center for more coffee. We visited the profs at their houses, visited each other at the dorms...we had many disagreements and there was a lot of evangelical dogma, but at the same time, there was a lot of open-minded thinking and search for what stands as possible truth once all the rest is stripped away. We still sometimes talk with old friends who went, or were influenced by others who went. And we still like to argue and strip away what seems to not be true. And we still wonder why everybody else can't be like those of us who went to Cumberland, or even the ones who just knew people who went to Cumberland...because the tolerance, open mindedness and search for understanding seemed very contagious at that time.

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