I pulled most of the info I had in my profile and garage because I was thinking seriously about leaving here. Like most newbies I was enthusiastic and excited to be here and wanted to participate in the forum. But it got to the point that just about every time I posted anything, I felt that someone would blast me for what I had to say.
I quickly learned that if it had to do with mechanical work - since I'm not a mechanic - to keep my mouth shut and not repeat anything I've been told by a mechanic. Just stay out of the conversation.
It's easy to get offended when you're a new puppy jumping around wanting to talk and doing and saying things that may not be appropriate - and then get snapped at by an old dog whose been around, seen it all before, and doesn't necessarily have the patience to put up with a young pup. Their responses can be a bit too blunt sometimes.
Why post info (or anything) about myself when I don't feel particularly wanted here? So I pulled it.
A few stepped up and made friends; easyryderca, solcoupe171, and yo muda. Rob and Mother were encouraging - and one of the main reasons I've hung around (so blame them).
I've been around computers since before there was an Internet. This is the only forum I've ever joined and participated in. My skin is not as thick as those who've been at this for a long time. We all want to be accepted, particularly at a place we enjoy going to.
So, if people aren't posting info on their profile, perhaps it's because they're more cautious because they do have experience in participating in forums and might be waiting to see how they are received here. Or perhaps, like me, they aren't sure if they want to stay.
And even at that, I'm not going to tell you who I really am, what I've done, or what I do. I don't think you'd believe me if I did. In my original profile I had "Adventurer" as occupation. I'll just leave it at that.
The profile info here, I feel, stays pretty much in-house, for those like you reading this to know about us and the cars we own. The personal info that gets sold is what you provide when you purchase a membership - which is one reason I haven't bought a membership.
I do not own a credit card - and I do not own a cell phone, because I want to limit what Big Brother knows about me. And I agree, he already knows a lot, but that doesn't mean I can't control some of it.
Every phone call (conversation) you make, every text or email you send, every time your cell phone pings a tower, every time you use your credit card is recorded and stored (for future reference) by the NSA. (They even have Hillary's 30,000 emails.) We can't get away from it - we can only limit our exposure when possible.
I made a purchase at a store the other day and the cashier asked for my phone number. I said it's 555-5555 and you should have seen the astonishment on her face! No one had ever given her a (knowingly) false number before and she didn't know how to react.
Sometimes I give them the number to the local police department... that really screws with their head.
Just An Ordinary Average Guy
With A Super Cool Car!
Last edited by Bama; 06-03-2019 at 03:55 PM.