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Posted 10/24/09 - 10:38 AM:
Subject: Introduce Yourself
Most fora I 'infest' usually has an 'introduce yourself' thread, so as the Couch does not, pray indulge my starting one. Thanks. Dog

Firstly, why 'skydog?'

Simple, as a paraglider pilot I early on realised that there are 'skygods' then there's me....

Age. 57 and growing old as disgracefully as possible and intending to live forever.. So far, so good.

Married. To mein Fuehrer for the last 31 years though a more aposite description would be 'wedded conflict' wink

Kids. 1 son aged 30 and a Primary School teacher. No wonder standards are slipping. Sorry son!

Interests. Beer, paragliding, beer, beer, beer and erm.... beer.

Politics. Right wing, pro-republican living under the brute-heel of monarchy and the bloody NuLabour govt. (For now)

Belief System: None. Atheist. Full stop.

Location. Leeds. UK. in the great county of Yorkshire which is similar to Texas, only larger. laughing Soon to retire to the sunnier climes of Turkey, which is a Muslim country, but they're MY sort of Muslims!

Occupation. Brutal Prison guard (allegedly) and part time bus driver for First UK, which is a US owned company so I'm led to believe.

Spent 11 years as a radio mechanic in the Royal Navy and travelled extensively around the world. Left the navy in 78 and have had several jobs since, Office machinery Tekkie (left upon the advent of inbuilt obsolescence) Security Operative, Milkman (horrible job, hated it) and finally Prison guard. Sorry, I meant 'Brutal prison guard' of course if the customers are to be believed. wink
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Posted 10/24/09 - 11:06 AM:

hi skydog, welcome to the couch smiling face there are a few various threads around here somewhere on the topic of introductions, nothing formal, regular or easy to find though. so kudos for taking the initiative! looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
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Posted 10/24/09 - 12:25 PM:

Hope you mull around for a while, Skydog, even though you've let out your pro-Republican leanings. Don't know what it means in Britain but in America it is primarily associated with nihilistic ignorance. But I don't mean that!, really. It's all do to media portrayal of political stereotypes (a bit of the Glen Beckian nastiness that should put Republicans to shame).

Anyway, flying-falling is way more interesting.

Welcome to the Couch. thumb up
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Posted 10/24/09 - 6:05 PM:

Okay, I'll do some--though I confess I like the anonymity of Forum. I'll say just a few things. Not necessarily the most important. I'm kind of an ambivert trying to learn introversion in the best sense...
I'm a big leftie. I have picky taste in literature, eclectic taste in music, I guess you could say. I like Rosanne Cash, Youssou 'Ndour, Charlie Garcia, Mahler, the music of the Andes... If I had time for a pet--lots of time--I'd get an amiable German shepherd. I'm pretty much a city person. Small talk puts me to sleep-- even, frequently, my own. I never--what the heck is it you do? Paraglide. I used to ski in the California Sierras.

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Posted 10/25/09 - 2:02 AM:

Nihil Loc wrote:
Hope you mull around for a while, Skydog, even though you've let out your pro-Republican leanings. Don't know what it means in Britain but in America it is primarily associated with nihilistic ignorance. But I don't mean that!, really. It's all do to media portrayal of political stereotypes (a bit of the Glen Beckian nastiness that should put Republicans to shame).

Anyway, flying-falling is way more interesting.

Welcome to the Couch. thumb up


Brit republicanism = Anti Monarchy, not quite the same as the American variant ... though I admit that were I lucky enough to have been born on the other side of the pond I would be a Republican in the American sense. OK so I'm a nihilistic ignoramus! Sue me! sticking out tongue

''Falling'' plays no part in the scheme of things when I'm flying Nihil. That would be the BAD thing as two of my mates have found out. A fatal discovery on their part in fact. I ALWAYS check my reserve chute before going up so that I don't come down any faster than I intended. Of course as you Americans say 'Shit happens' crying
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Posted 10/25/09 - 2:11 AM:

Zum wrote:
Okay, I'll do some--though I confess I like the anonymity of Forum. I'll say just a few things. Not necessarily the most important. I'm kind of an ambivert trying to learn introversion in the best sense...
I'm a big leftie. I have picky taste in literature, eclectic taste in music, I guess you could say. I like Rosanne Cash, Youssou 'Ndour, Charlie Garcia, Mahler, the music of the Andes... If I had time for a pet--lots of time--I'd get an amiable German shepherd. I'm pretty much a city person. Small talk puts me to sleep-- even, frequently, my own. I never--what the heck is it you do? Paraglide. I used to ski in the California Sierras.



Skiing is dangerous a la Sonny Bono Zum. You should take up something less dangerous, lion-taming or rhino mud-wrestling for instance. laughing

Pets ... had a nasty little Yorkie for years until she died a while back. Numerous cats (Dogs are neurotic, cats are psychotic BTW) and presently have four hens 2 of your inestimable American Black Rock hybrid variety and 2 Light Sussex, an old English breed.

Music tastes are quite 'catholic' (probably the wrong word in light of my apostasy) Mainly Hard rock and Classical, JS Bach for preference, though anything that grabs me between the ears and kicks the hell out of me is acceptable.

You say you're a 'leftie' Zum, no problem with this ... we will doubtless agree to disagree on many subjects me being tarred with the RW Fascist brush. wink
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Posted 10/25/09 - 10:53 AM:

Never got up to Sonny's speed, skydog; don't worry. Psychotic is sane for a cat. I'm okay with your use of "catholic." Bach rocks. Will be happy to agree to disagree. It will be great to know a rational right winger. On the this side of the pond they are in short supply...or so it seems.
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Posted 10/25/09 - 10:59 AM:

Mein Fuehrer could give you a convincing argument about whether or not I'm 'rational' Zum. But she's biased.

Well I think so. wink
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Posted 10/25/09 - 4:06 PM:

Skydog wrote:
OK so I'm a nihilistic ignoramus! Sue me!


The attitude of a right winger par excellence.

Skydog wrote:
''Falling'' plays no part in the scheme of things when I'm flying Nihil. That would be the BAD thing as two of my mates have found out. A fatal discovery on their part in fact. I ALWAYS check my reserve chute before going up so that I don't come down any faster than I intended. Of course as you Americans say 'Shit happens'


Para-gliders come down eventually. Gliding is falling with style.

Were they really your friends or just acquaintances? sad
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Posted 10/26/09 - 4:29 AM:

Welcome to the couch. Have fun. smiling face
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Posted 10/26/09 - 12:06 PM:

Nihil Loc wrote:

Were they really your friends or just acquaintances? sad


Friends Nihil from the same paragliding/hang-gliding club, I've flown with them lots of times. Sadly, no more. crying
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Posted 10/27/09 - 3:32 AM:

Since we're introducing,

I'm a red, green, positive believer in the good of mankind (as opposed to governments and multinationals), socialistic, economic centristic, forward-thinking, ethically progressive greenpeace member.

Happily tagging along. Someone once said I should be the librarian of the universe. I sometimes enjoy tackling uninformed nihilists, libertarians and conservatives alike, but it gets old. I also enjoy debating with informed versions of these (increasingly hard to find, thank god for henry grin ) in the pleasant knowledge that I have the ultimate knowledge of the ultimate truth and they don't.

Er... Just so you know. whee
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Posted 10/27/09 - 3:33 AM:

skydog wrote:


Friends Nihil from the same paragliding/hang-gliding club, I've flown with them lots of times. Sadly, no more. crying



Sorry to hear that, skydog. That's tragic. sadhmm
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Posted 10/27/09 - 9:21 AM:

"I also enjoy debating with informed versions of these (increasingly hard to find, thank god for henry) in the pleasant knowledge that I have the ultimate knowledge of the ultimate truth and they don't."


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Thank you, Willem!

As I mentioned in the defunct MPG: conversations with you never have the adversarial edge some of my other conversations carry.

I chalk that up to your being a 'good' guy.


I, however, must take exception to my being lumped in with 'nihilists, libertarians and conservatives'. Slaves to convention, all.

There is only one Henry Quirk and I'm not easily boxed, described, defined, categorized, or pigeonholed... wink

There are, of course, a couple of regulars here who might write me off as 'asshole'...and they'd be right, within what Thinker might say is their 'frame of reference'.

The absent communitarian would, I'm sure, apply Nancy's 'psychopath' to me (and not in her manner), and he too would be right, from his place.

And: there's a whole cabal of religionists, the apple eaters, who view me as a loud, rude, obnoxious, uncreative, lout. From where they sit: they're absolutely right.

*shrug*

Edited by henry quirk on 10/27/09 - 10:04 AM. Reason: self-aggrandizement...HA!
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Posted 10/27/09 - 11:13 AM:

I, however, must take exception to my being lumped in with 'nihilists, libertarians and conservatives'. Slaves to convention, all.


Yeah. I knew that, really, but I had a nice flow going. grin

I chalk that up to your being a 'good' guy.


You're making me blushblushblush eek

I suppose the trick is empathy: I don't have a very high emotional quotient. (That is, I'm not very good at reading other's people's minds or manipulating them.) But I'm open to the idea that they might have a perspective that makes sense to them and that has its own merit.
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Posted 10/27/09 - 11:38 AM:

smokinpristiformis wrote:

I'm a red


a commie!!!! eek
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Posted 10/27/09 - 11:46 AM:

I'm an uppist, because I focus on the most high, but also a rootist, because growth starts from the ground up. So you might call me an up-rootist, although I don't believe in overturning, but rather, on-site composting, ie, organic transformation. Also, clearly a robot running a program, with the advantage that I know I'm a robot running a program, whose only benefit is the experience of existential angst.

Down with godless commies!! Fuck the Olympics!!

8)
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Posted 10/27/09 - 12:14 PM:

"I'm open to the idea that they might have a perspective that makes sense to them and that has its own merit."

A diplomat, then. Beware the diplomat...

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"a commie!!!!"

HA! Nuthin' wrong with being a commie...when it doesn't work out, however, don't blame me!

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"an up-rootist"

HA!

A radical then...in the sense you get to the radix (root) of things to refurbish 'now'.
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Posted 10/27/09 - 2:30 PM:

smokinpristiformis wrote:



Sorry to hear that, skydog. That's tragic. sadhmm


But mostly gravity smokin. No complaints, you take your chances and watch how the dice fall.

Everyone gets to die ... at least once. smiling face
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Posted 10/27/09 - 2:33 PM:

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a commie!!!! eek



But he's also a green! Which is worse? Commie or Vegan? laughing
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Posted 10/27/09 - 3:08 PM:

no name calling, please (even in jest fellas). vegan is hardly a derogatory label (that is, except when used in the following question "which is worse, commie or vegan?" (!) and commie definitely is. especially when used in the phrase "down with godless commies". rolling eyes

i can tell you by virtue of having been firsthand eyewitness and participant to a carnivorean meal shared by one smokinpristormis, myself, and company, that smoki is not a vegan. so he will have to tell us what these red and green colors mean. i imagine he means green of the environmentalist flavor. or maybe he has the spirit of christmas. smoki? do tell.
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Posted 10/27/09 - 6:10 PM:

i become addicted to sites like this, making connections and yet safe, anonymous ... i'm a musician, teacher, spouse, parent, dog owner, libra, struggling with finding my way yet being held captive. (writing is not my strong point)

i've probably already broken many rules here - just searching for ... i don't know what ... it feels urgent ... sounds desperate, yes?
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Posted 10/28/09 - 2:05 AM:

muse wrote:
i become addicted to sites like this, making connections and yet safe, anonymous ... i'm a musician, teacher, spouse, parent, dog owner, libra, struggling with finding my way yet being held captive. (writing is not my strong point)

i've probably already broken many rules here - just searching for ... i don't know what ... it feels urgent ... sounds desperate, yes?

what kind of music do you play?
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classically trained, also love new age ...
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Posted 10/28/09 - 3:37 AM:

libertygrl wrote:
no name calling, please (even in jest fellas). vegan is hardly a derogatory label (that is, except when used in the following question "which is worse, commie or vegan?" (!) and commie definitely is. especially when used in the phrase "down with godless commies". rolling eyes

i can tell you by virtue of having been firsthand eyewitness and participant to a carnivorean meal shared by one smokinpristormis, myself, and company, that smoki is not a vegan. so he will have to tell us what these red and green colors mean. i imagine he means green of the environmentalist flavor. or maybe he has the spirit of christmas. smoki? do tell.


Hihi.

Well I don't mind if anyone calls me a godless commie. It's not completely correct, because my economical ideas are somewhat more nuanced, but it is sorta cool. Don't you think I look a bit like Che Guevara? smiling face laughing
I'm a utilitarianist. Basically, that means I'll take whatever system works. grin Ethically, I'm certainly to the progressive (left) side, economically, I'm a bit two-faced.

When it comes to the green bit, like lib said, I'm not a vegan. I'm an environmental engineer and that strongly defines my perspective.
I tend to look at 'spaceship earth' and its biosphere as a system and I wonder how to best make keep the system alive and flourishing. It's particularily important for humanity as we are strongly dependent on this system. That, too, is a utilitarian idea. Anyway, that's the rational side of my environmental 'greenism'. I also like dolphins. whee
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