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#1 David_Bluestein

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 05:51 PM

How addicted are you to the Great War Discussion Forum?

My wife has threatened to ban me from our home computer. While instructing my college group of some 100 students, I find myself logging on to the in-class computer to sneak a peek at what's been happening....even know my last check was no more then 10 minutes ago!

The thought of missing an afternoon from the forum, let alone a day is unimaginable. I will be off line for the weekend because of a move, and dread the time away!

Where is the oddest place you have logged on to check the forum?

(A hearty thanks of course to Chris Baker and the moderators for keeping this fantastic forum going)

#2 Annette Burgoyne

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 06:04 PM

A man, I've got to have a hit before I go to work, then I've got to get a hit at midday, (I work a split shift). Then I've got to look gain before going back to work, then after dinner and before I go to bed I have to have three or four hits. I went away for four days in the summer and could not get to a computer, o man the withdrawal pains were bad but I am not addicted in any way.

#3 Broznitsky

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 06:09 PM

My wife "suggested" I need to spend more time with her and the baby, so I have had to resort to "foruming" on my work computer. I would appreciate any excuses I can give to my company's "internet" police when the fateful day comes that they raid my cubicle asking why I am not getting any real work done. ph34r.gif

I missed a week recently and was faced with 2306 new postings. As mentioned in other threads, this is when post titles have to be relied on. No doubt I have missed many interesting tidbits of knowledge because of poor titling. Of course, the way threads wander into different areas often make the titles useless anyways.

I dare say I may be the only one to join the Forum from the Canadian Police College in Ottawa.

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#4 Hill_60

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 06:15 PM

No immediate family, off work sick for 3 years..guess where I am most of the time?
I dread going back to work! I know I'll have money to spend, but where the heck am I going to log on at work? sad.gif

#5 David_Bluestein

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 06:17 PM

QUOTE (Broznitsky @ Thu, 11 Dec 2003 18:09:49 +0000)
I would appreciate any excuses I can give to my company's "internet" police when the fateful day comes that they raid my cubicle

I have been having the exact same thoughts!

#6 David_Bluestein

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 06:19 PM

QUOTE (Broznitsky @ Thu, 11 Dec 2003 18:09:49 +0000)
I dare say I may be the only one to join the Forum from the Canadian Police College in Ottawa.

I may be able to beat that!

How about logging on, via lap top while on patrol (during a slow Saturday night shift).

(PS: I work as an Auxiliary (or Reserve) Police Officer)

#7 Terry

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 06:22 PM

Well David, now that I am retired I make it a point to drop in to the site several times a day. When I get up in the morning, the first thing I do (well, almost the first) is to go to the computer and check out (1) my e-mail, (2) this site, and (3) my ebay status. My wife finds it a bit odd, but, God bless her, she is understanding.

#8 Neil Burns

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 06:52 PM

It has been politely 'suggested' by my wife that maybe I am spending too much time on the Forum. I have been stopping by at work since I have been very slow recently but I know come January I will be forced to actually work at work. It's an ugly trend.
Thanks to Chris and the moderators.

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 07:08 PM

QUOTE (Terry @ Thu, 11 Dec 2003 11:22:06 +0000)
When I get up in the morning, the first thing I do (well, almost the first) is to go to the computer and check out (1) my e-mail, (2) this site, and (3) my ebay status.

My God, Terry, we're living parallel lives!! That's exactly what I do each morning. laugh.gif

Here's my day:
10:00 AM - get up check the forum.
12:00 noon - have lunch then check the forum.
1:30 PM - have a shower, make my dinner for work and check the forum.
2:30 PM leave for work.
3:15 PM - arrive at work then check the forum.
7:30 PM - check the forum.
10:30 PM - get ready to go home and check the forum.
11:45 PM -get home then check the forum.
2:00 AM to 3:00 get ready for bed and a final check of the forum.

Now I admit, some times life or work can get in the way so I may only visit the forum 5 or 6 rather than 9 times per day.

Last month I had the opportunity to test drive a 'wireless' company laptop, for evaluation purposes. I signed into the forum while waiting at a bus stop, riding the bus into work, sitting in the car (while my wife shopped), waiting for a dental appointment and in a restaurant. I do love the 'wireless' world. wub.gif

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#10 Malcolm

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 08:38 PM

Ah! the wonders of Broadband and being semi-retired I only work Monday and Tuesday till 4pm. Wednesday to Sunday logged on all day!!
Hang on!
I am in two-minds about Christmas as I will be sans computer out in the sticks.
sad.gif for FIVE DAYS!!!!! Oh no! what will I do. unsure.gif
But I'm not an addict.

Can a computer be sited as a correspondent in a divorce???

Ah well, malt whisky, walks in the fresh air , cuddling the dog, patting the wife ................... books - that it. History of the 51st HD, history of The Royal Scots, history of 9th Division, On Flows the Tay.
That should help the withdrawal symptoms ..... and wear my Pals polo-shirt,.......only five days ........... but I'm not an addict, honest.



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#11 Captain Chavasse

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 09:45 PM

I'd never used the internet before my new lodger arrived complete with broadband. She showed me how to work the thing and as she works nights i've got free reign. Now i spend more time in her bedroom than my own! I haven't seen a single episode of Corrie since joining this forum. AND I DON'T CARE!

#12 John Hartley

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 10:39 PM

Nope. Not addicted. Certainly not. Don't give it a second thought, chaps and chapesses.

I used to log on when I got in from work, but since I retired I do check morning, lunchtime, late afternoon, early and late evening.

But's that nothing to do with being addicted. It's just trying to manage the volume of posts. Nothing to do with being addicted, at all. OK? Got it?

I have, in the past, given up alcohol and nicotine (for health reasons, of course). If I ever I find I really am addicted to the Forum, I might find it more difficult to stop than with either of those. What would be the Forum equivalent of a low tar ciggie or taking more water with the booze?

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 10:41 PM

I am student and have a computer in my room with 24/7 free internet access.
If I'm away from the forum for more than a few hours my hands start to shake and my vision goes blurry (or is that when I come home from the pub!). biggrin.gif

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 10:52 PM

Now I think I'm looking forward to going to Biarritz to watch rugby this weekend, Mrs Greenwoodman has told me I am, and my kids have said how they wish they could go....................................
All I really worry about is how the h*** am I going to catch up with all the posts when I get back????????????????? unsure.gif unsure.gif
But addicted - nah!

#15 Will O'Brien

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Posted 12 December 2003 - 12:11 AM

Yes..............I'm willing to stand up & announce I AM AN ADDICT ohmy.gif . However, due the draconian measures employed by my company it's impossible to log on during work time without risking a P45 (I mean I turn up every day what more do they want?)............... Also my wife has these strange ideas about what makes a good marriage & parenthood so I'm required to do the family thing once I get in from work. (This of course is just in jest as Mrs O'B is more than just tolerant about my addiction & I'm surprised how much she lets me get away with)Therefore I strictly regulate my addition, however the benefits of having 2 children under the age of 5 & a pregnant wife is that everyone is tucked up in bed & fast asleep by 9.00pm. So I log on at 9.00pm & keep going until I drop.

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Posted 12 December 2003 - 12:35 AM

QUOTE (Malcolm @ Thu, 11 Dec 2003 20:38:10 +0000)
................... books - that it. History of the 51st HD, history of The Royal Scots, history of 9th Division, On Flows the Tay.
That should help the withdrawal symptoms ..... and wear my Pals polo-shirt,.......only five days ........... but I'm not an addict, honest.



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Wot no 15th Scottish Division?

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#17 Ralph J. Whitehead

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Posted 12 December 2003 - 12:53 AM

Up at 6 a.m., log on to the forum, my home page. Check the current status. Check several times at work, no Internet police yet but I am sure I am on the list. Log on when I get home at 5 p.m. and on and off all night.

Spend extra time on weekends and check the live chat when possible. Yes, I am addicted but since I do not drink, smoke, gamble or cheat on the wife I must have at least one vice I will publicly admit to.


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#18 Tim Birch

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Posted 12 December 2003 - 07:59 AM

I am self employed so when in the office I log in regularly throughout the day, and whenever I get back from being out on a job. Checking the the forum even takes precedence over checking incoming emails, faxes and answerphone.

Have just been away for 3 weeks with no access to a computer, a laptop is too fragile to carry around in the bush and deserts of Southern Africa, and a power/telephone link isn't always available. (I did arrange it though to be near a TV for the World Cup final!).

As has been said catching up after just a week away means viewing in excess of 2000 posts. Imagine the back log after 3 weeks!!

My wife is amused by by obsession and I hear the word anorak being muttered from time to time!

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Posted 12 December 2003 - 08:39 AM

QUOTE (Ralph J. Whitehead @ Thu, 11 Dec 2003 17:53:19 +0000)
Check several times at work, no Internet police yet but I am sure I am on the list.

I am the Internet police at work! You gotta love it.

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Posted 12 December 2003 - 09:54 AM

I have to spend two weeks with family over christmas, parents don't know what a computer is. Mother has just worked out what the dials on her Marconi radio are for and father thinks all a man needs is a gun and a dog. So for me it's a double dose of cold turkey this year.

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Posted 12 December 2003 - 09:57 AM

you have to have your forum hit for the day
im on it all day at school all evening when im not out.
but the thing is if you dont go on it for a couple of days you loose track of the whole thing.

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Posted 12 December 2003 - 12:31 PM

My wife considers this my History Porn ....

In arguments the woman of my dreams puts this in the same category as "wasting time" ...

Since I rise at 4 am or 5am it's part of my morning.

You guys are part of the community I have with my morning coffee ...

At 52 I am reminded by the late Will Rodgers that the doings of Congress soon part fools from their money ... we're the fools, etc. When I read the Times (your times) and my CNN, I can only cry or become depressed. Reading this forum makes a LOT more sense. Somehow reading this stuff and talking among you is a lot better than trying to figure out how the Republicans are stealing from me and the Democrats are wasting time and money, etc. etc. I imagine its the same with both Tory and Labour ... How does Labour look at itself in the mirror in the morning ... I can only say Ramsey MacDonald would be spinning in his grave over Blair ... but that's another story, isn't it ...

Yup, I am addicted ... anyone know of a similar one for the US Civil War ...

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Posted 12 December 2003 - 02:03 PM

QUOTE (BeppoSapone @ Fri, 12 Dec 2003 00:35:23 +0000)
Wot no 15th Scottish Division?

Lion Rampant!

Ordered in September but N & M Press have a printer's delay.....................
They assure me it will be here shortly!!

Please Santa..............................

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#24 paul guthrie

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Posted 12 December 2003 - 02:36 PM

Andy your politics are not what I expect for a middle aged white guy form Texas but then mine are not what's expected of an old white guy from Kentucky either! wink.gif

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Posted 12 December 2003 - 02:55 PM

QUOTE (paul guthrie @ Fri, 12 Dec 2003 08:36:51 +0000)
Andy your politics are not what I expect for a middle aged white guy form Texas but then mine are not what's expected of an old white guy from Kentucky either! wink.gif

Paul ... I expect that real historians get a sense of reality that makes common political attitudes hard to maintain ... Or ... it's hard for thinking people to do anything but compromise in dealing with mainstream politics ...