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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:27 PM
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Am I the only one who notices that DU is just like High School?
Edited on Mon Jul-19-04 08:49 PM by YellowRubberDuckie
There are
-The popular kids: the snooty i'm smarter than you and you're not worth my time rude people
-The smart kids: who think they know more than everyone else about any subject EVER
-The nice people who are nice to Everyone no matter what.
-Those that are just there, who take no sides and who don't rock the boat ever.
-The ones who like to rock the boat, piss everyone off and challenge everyone to stand up for what they believe in
-The boneheads who do stupid things that we all laugh at
-The annoying ones: those that make everyone nuts, who defend stupid shit, and piss everyone off.
-The invisible ones: the ones that no one pays any attention to because everyone is so wrapped up in their own shit that they can't take a second and say hi to.

Anyone else notice this? Some of it pisses me off because we are all here for a common goal, but there are those that decide they are too important to reply to answers to their threads, even when they tell EVERYONE to reply. UGH.
Duckie
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:28 PM
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1. It's been like that to varying degrees for a long time.
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Fenris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:30 PM
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2. David's right
I've been on here in varying capacities since 2001 and this place might have gotten bigger, but it hasn't changed with regards to atmosphere.
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:30 PM
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3. Shop class?
I remember how hard shop class was...
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SheBop Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:32 PM
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4. No, you are not the only one.
It's very troubling, but perhaps it's just human nature.

I guess that just as long as we all get out the vote for Kerry/Edwards, it's fine, however, I really would rather not have cliques on a political website!


:toast:


:kick:
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:33 PM
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5. Welcome to DU, Shebop!
:hi:
Duckie
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SheBop Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:37 PM
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12. Thanks. Happy to be here!
:toast:
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Donkeyboy75 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:57 PM
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49. I'd welcome you, too, SheBop, but you're not in my clique.
;)
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JaySherman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:34 PM
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6. It's called human nature.
Social hierarchy and all that. Whereever large groups of people gather you're always going to have your in-crowd, your out-crowd, and everyone in between. I find DU to be somewhat less cliqueish on the whole than some other groups I've hung out with (both on and offline).
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Malikshah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:51 PM
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48. All online boards are like high school
Much like the reality shows on TV....or US politics....
popularity, simplistic arguments, emotional outbursts, etc.

Cliqueish is as cliqueish does. :)
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greatauntoftriplets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:34 PM
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7. Yes it is and that is a very astute observation.
But I have found that the workplace is the same damn way.
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name not needed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:34 PM
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8. Bonehead over here
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:35 PM
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9. There are new opportunties
not available in high school.

Different niches, different ways of interacting.
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ProudGerman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:35 PM
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10. Life is just like High School
Most people, on the left and right, don't mature past the age of 15/16. It's just an observation I've made. Its more pronounced in some professions than others (since work basically replaces school). Construction isn't really like this, unless you are on really huge jobs for long periods of time. Office jobs always bring back the notsosweet memories of highschool, gossiping, backstabbing, infighting, and general apathy for anything other than ones self.
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Amaya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:37 PM
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11. Yep... and just like high school I'm a geek
Oh well
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jus_the_facts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:37 PM
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13. Cliques.....the bane o'civilization.....
.....and us EVIL'DU'ers too! :nopity: :D
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Nevernose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:38 PM
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14. Hi, YellowRubberDuckie!
:hi:

Or am I an annoying one or an invisible one? Can I be invisible AND be annoying? Can I be a bonehead, a rock-the-boater, invisible and annoying? Is that in the high school rulebook?

Oh, well. At least I ain't getting the shit kicked out of me after gym class!
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:42 PM
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19. LOL
:hi:
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:45 PM
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22. You're not invisible.
:hi:
I'm not one of the rude people who ignore people. If you talk to me, I talk back. I love people.
Duckie
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jukes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:38 PM
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15. human nature
Edited on Mon Jul-19-04 08:40 PM by jukes
most jobs are like high school, also.

i'm clearly *not* in w/the in crowd, but i preferred it that way in HS, too.

i like to shake things up, but arbitrarily, and, i believe judiciously.
never much cared if people like me or not, just need to live w/in my own moral code.

those who need to exclude are boors.

i've always liked your stuff, though, duckie.
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VelmaD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:39 PM
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16. I think if you asked any 2 DUers...
Edited on Mon Jul-19-04 08:46 PM by VelmaD
who went in each of those categories you would get different answers. With a board with this many members I think there are very few that everyone knows who they are. That's one of the nice things about DU.

What I do think happens is that people with similar interests or tastes or sense of humor tend to drift toward one another. I think I talk more to the people I've met in person or talked to on the phone as well. But I'm also constantly meting and becoming friends with new DUers.

I think most people on the board are pretty open to new people. You just have to be brave and jump in.

Oh, and with 40some thousand members you will NEVER get EVERYONE to reply to a thread. :)
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:47 PM
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24. Not saying everyone...
But if you put up a thread telling everyone to reply and you'll have to do this or that, then reply to EVERYONE, don't be rude and leave people out.
Duckie
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RandomKoolzip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:39 PM
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17. Must be the reason why Free Republic is more like a sandbox....
All that home-schooling.
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:39 PM
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18. Just human
beings being human beings. I am usually an invisible one but I have found over the last few years that I have made some very good internet friends here so it doesn't bother me like it did at first. I kind of like all these different groups, it certainly makes it interesting. It is really fun to predict who is going to jump all over someone else and watch the clusterfuck that happens. I actually learn a lot by just watching. It is just life for us mortals.
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LeftPeopleFinishFirst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:43 PM
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20. I don't think I fit into any of those
:shrug:
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:49 PM
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25. You don't really piss people off, Maggie...
I guess I left out the nice people who are nice to everyone.
Duckie
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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:44 PM
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21. Can I still be a dork
whos fades into the woodwork? It's my lot in life.


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Hoping4Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:46 PM
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23. You forgot a catagory. People who place others in catagories
but not themselves. Does that ring a bell? I think DUers are great even if I sometimes want to poke someone in the eye. It's all good. DU ROCKS. :bounce:
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:50 PM
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26. I'm one of the people that likes to piss people off...
and I'm nice to people who aren't rude and stupid.
Duckie
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Hoping4Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:57 PM
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27. Does that mean you like to piss off nice people:)
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:01 PM
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28. No, not really.
See, I'd never piss off Maggie or MrsGrumpy, etc.
Duckie
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Hoping4Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:05 PM
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32. So then maybe the problem isn't with DU. You simply may have
been very successful in your mission and have indeed pissed people off :)
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jdonaldball Donating Member (684 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:04 PM
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30. I put you in the category of
people who place people who place others in categories, in a category, um, and this is your category. :-)
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Hoping4Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:08 PM
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34. Excuse me jdonaldball
but I resemble that comment B-)
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medeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:02 PM
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29. oh no!
I'm a newbie...tell me it isn't so! Love love love it here!

Who really cared about what people thought in high school anyway?

always thought libs were anti sosh.
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:05 PM
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31. Welcome to DU!
But it's true...There are cliques all over the place here.
And don't go GD2004 if you don't want to see antisosh behavior.
Duckie
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Hoping4Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:11 PM
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35. And we love that you're here medeak!
Welcome to DU. Welcome to the good, the bad, and the ugly! :bounce:
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:06 PM
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33. I think life is kind of like high school
Just on a larger, more frightening scale. I feel much safer here at DU. No one can see me break out in an uncomfortable sweat, and I don't have to give speeches. Yes, I'm much happier here, thank you. :D
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:13 PM
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36. Don't forget the anti-pop bullies
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Feanorcurufinwe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:24 PM
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40. anti-pop bullies?
what does that mean?
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:25 PM
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41. Those who insist that the beverage known as pop be called soda
they know who they are.
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:30 PM
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42. Yeah, it's soda.
And you're going to hell. :evilgrin:
Duckie
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kitkatrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 03:06 PM
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72. No!
It's all COKE!!!!!!!! :hi:
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Guy Fawkes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:15 PM
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37. Kinda, but people don't do enough of this:
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:17 PM
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38. I have to agree.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:17 PM
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39. If this were just like High School, I would've defaced the home page
already. That isn't a threat, it's just what I would have to do in order to relive high school. :shrug:
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jus_the_facts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:30 PM
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43. ....and given everyone in the meetin' room...
...A FRIST TWIRL! :silly:
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:34 PM
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44. hehehehe
if not their cats, then their unzipped bookbags :bounce:q
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jus_the_facts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:45 PM
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46. LMAO....
.....you're bbbbbBAD to the BONE...BUD! :spank:

....btw..would you pet 'im and squeeze him...and stroke that tumor backwards! :D
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Feanorcurufinwe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:40 PM
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45. I wasn't popular in high school, why should it be any different here?
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jdonaldball Donating Member (684 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:47 PM
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47. EW! You sound like such a dork!
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Cannikin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:00 PM
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50. you're not the boss of me.
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elperromagico Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:21 PM
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51. Wait. I fit into at least four of those categories,
and none of them are good! :scared:
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:23 PM
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53. Shouldn't that tell you something?
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elperromagico Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:28 PM
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54. Yes.
Edited on Mon Jul-19-04 10:29 PM by elperromagico
I figured out that one a few weeks back. Hit me right smack dab in the head. :)
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:33 PM
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59. Please say it left a mark
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elperromagico Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:34 PM
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60. I love you too, Duckie.
:)
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:35 PM
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61. OK. Now I need a shower.
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elperromagico Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:37 PM
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62. Have fun.
Nice talking with you.
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Khephra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:22 PM
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52. If DU is like HS
Then I'd be hated by most of the posters. I sure hope that isn't the case.
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Susang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:38 PM
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63. If DU were really like high school
Edited on Mon Jul-19-04 10:40 PM by Susang
Then I'd only weigh 96lbs, even though I ate junk food like a maniac and tried desperately to lose weight.

Damn, maybe I really do want DU to be like high school! }(
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:30 PM
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55. I don't think we ever "leave" high school.
We cart it around our whole lives.. We get new "classes" and "new classmates", but we always stay who we are/were..

I have found that DU is 99.9999% great people..friendly people..smart people..etc..

The obvious freeps and trolls make up the difference :hi:
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Susang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:31 PM
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56. Everything in life looks just like highschool
Especially if you try to pigeonhole people and situations into neat, easily definable categories. The thing is, life was more complex than that in school and its more complex than that here (and everywhere else).

Your homework assignment is to rent "The Breakfast Club" and pay special attention to Anthony Michael Hall's essay at the end. ;-)
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:31 PM
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57. You're not the only one to notice
I have a rubber duckie collection, btw..just thought I'd share :)
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RebelYell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:31 PM
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58. I take pride in always being the misfit
nt
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TOhioLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 11:12 PM
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64. I guess I'm....
invisible. Most of my posts sink with 10 or fewer responses.

If I left, would anyone say 'gee I wonder where trekkerlass is...'?

<theatrical sobbing> :cry:

LOL!
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 02:43 PM
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65. Yes, and I am late for class every morning...therefore I never have the
answers for anyone. ;) :hi:
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 02:46 PM
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66. I don't think it's much like High School.
Mind you, I was emotionally distant then, and I'm emotionally distant now, so who the hell knows.
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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 02:48 PM
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67. Nobody's fat & hairy in cyberspace
Therefore I feel safe and accepted. Somewhat...
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 02:57 PM
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68. Not at all...
In high school I'd be walking along minding my own business and some class bully would say "Hey faggot, get out of my way."

I'd punch him in the face, and then he'd beat the crap out of me.

First they'd send me to the nurse's office (this was back when schools actually had nurses) and then my counselor would tell me to stop "provoking" people.

DU isn't anything like that.
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 02:59 PM
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69. what am i duckie?
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 03:01 PM
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70. Shut up loser
;-) Wait til I see in the gym forum
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Misunderestimator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 03:02 PM
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71. Thank god... no... nothing like HS
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