Before it gets lost...you're welcome. And please accept my thanks for all the time you've spent educating and entertaining us. I know you and Ahmad still lead hectic lives while those of us on the back nine are able to do more relaxing. Trust me, you'll have plenty of time for that later (as long as we make it through the Mayan night intact) but there's never enough time for learning.<quoted text>
Lest you get offended and think that I call you "Rinnisons Man" with tongue firmly planted in cheek --- nevermind, pejoratively...
Let me explain. Granted, when I started to post here during Castlead, I probably already had a spark of an inkling, if not iron-clad certitude that my life was gonna go in a DIFFERENT direction than conventional wisdom or wishes of my family would dictate... And, just so we're clear, I certainly DON'T lack for role model(s) in "real" life.
But I would be remiss if I didn't mention the constructive role that you played in my formative years. For one, you are proving F. Scott Fitzgerald wrong --- there is in fact, 2nd act in American Life.
The "Rinnisons Man" part more specifically refers to the fact that seemingly you have your toe dipped into so many different bodies of water... and somehow manage to pull if off rather gracefully without drowing --- at least judging by the anonymity-based impression/composite that's emerged over the years. Correct me if I am wrong.
(Now, of course you could be some psycho, fraud, or whatever, but whatevet, I just don't think so -- and besides, I do NOT want to live in a world where I can't trust peolple or take them for their word.)
Now I've already made one 180-degrees leap of faith, to mix a few metaphors, once -- I mean, who knew that most of my grow-up friends would be Liberals and Libertarians, that Fine/Performance Arts is where the sausage will get made .... but your Rinnisons Man example, among others, has probably eased the transition.
For instance: it works the other way too -- just because I'm in a dynamic "humanities" mode now, does NOT mean that I can't keep up with some of my old "hard-ass" intersts like sports, politics, military affairs. Maybe even business/finance sometime down the line, reallllly down the line, LOL...
I think "Rinnisons Man/Woman" is something that's increasingly rare in modern world, and it's definately something to strive for (if not quite attain -- or, else, "what's Heaven for?" :)
I hope it made sense. Sorry for a poor Englishing.
PS. Now, before you get too full of yourself, Commander...for the record, LWScienceJunkie also taught me some things by example. Heck, look at Ize -- the guy is much smarter and more rounded than he pretends/gives himself credit for. And I hate to admit it, but NaNa has had a positive effect in way I'd rather not share now, too. Credit where due.
So thanks all.
Aside from some good-natured ribbing where truth temporarily took a back seat, I've tried to walk it like I talk it. If I have ever stretched the truth in fun, I hope I subsequently made it clear that I was joking. You seem to know where you're going and I admire that in a person. I'm sure that wherever you end up you'll excel.
One thing though, liberal should never be confused with libertarian.