View Full Version : A Skeptic's Farewell
01-16-2002, 03:10 PM
Just a quick note (quick for me, anyway...) to say goodbye.
I have really enjoyed the past five months I've been a Frequent Flyer on the board, but it is time for me to move on.
When I first came on board, many people were suspicious of (and sometimes hostile towards) me, a skeptic, among all the believers. I'd like to think that in the time since then, I've been a productive member of the community here, and have shown that it is possible to respectfully disagree with you. I hope I've made some of you laugh now and then, and made some of you think. I know you've done the same for me.
And although my opinion of JE hasn't changed much (if any) over the time I've spent here, I certainly felt like I got to know a lot about you, the people who believe in him.
I've come to know and respect many of you, and through email, have come to know some of you as friends. Although I won't be posting on the board, I intend for those friendships to continue.
To all, but especially to Pam and the moderators, thanks for having me here. I went from being treated as a wolf among the sheep, to a black sheep, to ... a grey sheep? Anyway, I've been made to feel welcome. Thanks for that. I've been going (and continue to go) through a very difficult part of my life, and being part of the community here has been meaningful to me. More than you know.
So, I'm out. I'll still be lurking from time to time, keeping up-to-date on you all.
And, as one of Zach's hundreds of virtual Aunts and Uncles, I'll be keeping an eye on his site as well!
My very best to all of you,
Bob "Know When to Fold 'em" Lancaster
Bob, I'm so sorry you won't be posting anymore.
You always seemed to be more of a "Teddy Bear" skeptic from the time I've been on here and I enjoyed your posts. Hope everything goes well in your life and the hard times go away. Do remain a lurker.:)
Bob, I'm truly sorry to hear that you're moving on. I could always count on your posts to make me laugh, make me think, or give me information, even bits of trivia from time to time.
I do hope you will consider me among the Friends you've made here.
Take care. Best to you and yours. You will certainly be missed.
01-16-2002, 06:35 PM
Bob, I too hope you count me in as one of your friends!!!! I will miss you and your great sense of humor. I was just telling my husband about how much i enjoyed your posts, and then I read that you're throwing in the towel. what a sad day!!
I will Miss YOU BOB!!! KAYDY
01-16-2002, 07:43 PM
Sorry to hear you're moving on Bob. You always presented a different point of view for us to ponder and discuss (quite passionately sometimes). But I feel that you always treated us with respect. I hope whatever is going on in your life works out. It seems like there is always SOMETHING happening in our lives to keep us challenged. That's why we need our friends to keep us going. Good luck to you, and check in from time to time.
01-16-2002, 07:56 PM
Whatever your reason for moving on is I know for sure it is another step in growth. It was very good of you to let us know and not just slip out without saying "Good Bye". Your postings were always welcome. Thanks for being a small part of my life too. Good luck to you - lean over here, you need a hug.....
01-16-2002, 08:38 PM
I will miss the honesty and humor of your posts.
In my opinion you have always been respectful and courteous.
Thank you for being you. Don't go too far away...k?
Many blessings to you and yours.
01-16-2002, 09:07 PM
I really hope you take a leave of abcense, reconsider, and come
back again. We want you here.
01-16-2002, 09:28 PM
Goodbye is not one of my favorite words to say to someone who's presence I've grown to enjoy. Bob, we never conversed, but you were a welcome spirit on line. Please visit, and at least say hi! Love, Marcia
01-16-2002, 09:31 PM
Well, I think this occasion calls for a song parody, don't you?
(To the tune of "The Beverly Hillbillies")
Let me tell ya’ll a story ‘bout a man named bob,
A witty skeptic guy, his jokes he loved to lob.
He gave us things to think about, never was he crude.
He told us what he thought without starting a family feud.
Well the next thing you know he’s wavin’ us goodbye
We will surely miss him, that amazing friendly guy.
We all wish him well as he’s leavin’ from the fold.
To us he is a skeptic with a great big heart of gold!
I, too, hope you will reconsider and post again in the future!
01-16-2002, 11:20 PM
Good-bye, Bob :star:
Don't take any wooden opinions. Remember that singing is the same as praying, and that C.A.V. isn't a such a bad idea, no matter what you think of the guy who first said it.
I'm sure you'll be able to work your way through your problems.
"Happy trails to you, until we meet again!
Happy trails to you, keep smilin' on 'til then.
Happy trails to you, 'til we meeeet a-gain!"
01-17-2002, 01:10 AM
Take care Bob. Keep the sense of humor I have really enjoyed intact as you change paths. I hope your exploration may bring you back, sometime.
Love, light, and peace,
01-17-2002, 05:55 AM
I didn't get a chance to know you as well as some of the others, but you always seemed respectful of others despite your opposing views :)
All the very best to you in the future!
Hi Bob, Bye Bob :)
I know you aren't leaving completley, so I'm going to tug on your ear a little bit, and pull your hair ;)
We all love this board, but it certainly has the ability to pull us away from other things that ought to be getting more attention, and sometimes even the ability to TICK us off! Yes, really!
From time to time, many of us have to pull ourselves away, to deal with life's other issues, or just plain get a break. You know how we feel Bob, the door's always open.
We wish you the best in your off-board endeavors, and you'll be in our thoughts. Hurry back when you can.
01-17-2002, 08:11 AM
Don't be a stranger ..... stop in from time to time just to say howdy cuz we're gonna miss ya!
Hope all works out for you! We'll be thinking of ya!
It's been a pleasure, Bob. Our thoughts and prayers go with you and, as so many have mentioned, we look forward to your return.
01-17-2002, 10:42 AM
an excerpt from Circle by Harry Chapin -
It seems like I've been here before;
I can't remember when;
But I have this funny feeling;
That we'll all be together again.
No straight lines make up my life;
And all my roads have bends;
There's no clear-cut beginnings;
And so far no dead-ends.
Seen a coyote yesterday and thought of you. Funny thing - he was just walking by the side of the road (very odd - not sure where he was going:shrug: )
Get the feeling you need a change of scenery Bob. Treat yourself to something fun.
Jerri "gonna miss Bob's humor" Hartshorn
01-17-2002, 06:36 PM
Oh Bob, now you made me come out of lurker mode.
It really is quite comfy there, just reading about this and that, taking it all in. HOWEVER, lurking won't be the same without you here. Your posts made me think, and made me smile. I would share some of your humor with the hubby......you and he think alike, and he too appreciated your humor.
I will be sorry to see you go, you are a part of the family.
Please reconsider....I think its evident that we'd love for you to stay.
Hopefully, you'll feel the NEED to stay.
If not, we wish you only the best.....
Anne (going back to lurker mode)
01-18-2002, 11:24 AM
You know where to find me. And I hope you do! I will miss seeing you here, and I wish you the absolute best in everything you do. Thank you for showing us that it is possible to agree to disagree and become friends with someone with a different view.
I will miss you. I would like to say "so long" in hopes you will reconsider and post again someday.
01-18-2002, 07:34 PM
I've enjoyed chatting with you. Hopefully you'll come back again from time to time. Be well. Pam
Hey Bob, (bunkins) sorry to hear you're leaving us. Hopefully it will just be temporarily. I have enjoyed reading your posts and sometimes agreeing and sometimes disagreeing with what you said but you did indeed make life interesting. You have a big heart and a great mind that will get you thru the difficult times you have been experiencing. You also have alot of friends here who will be thinking of you, praying for you and waiting for your return.
God Bless You:daisy:
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