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« on: May 28, 2003, 09:29:50 PM »


The Good


Well, folks, it's been a year.  And a helluva year so far as personal changes in my life go.

What started off as a simple little mostly-text site with great ambition and little following between two guys who fought bitterly with each other in a previous life blossomed into a more intricate array of not just information, but also apparent passion from some of those who've been deticated and yet lost on the internet.

I hope to keep this place active and alive for as long as possible... I dread the thought of ever becoming like so many of the Geocities and Tripod El-Hazard sites out there... "Last Updated xx/xx/98" (or as late as 2001).  "Last" update indeed.  :(



The Community


I don't know many of you to any personal degree.  And I also must admit its somewhat sad that many of you are only recent members.  I don't know if there's anyone besides my brother, sister, and Neil who've come to this place continually since it first opened with its little amount of info back in May of last year.  As far as I know and "Spring Cleaning" seemed to prove, there's virtually no one, or at least no one who cares enough to let me know about it.

At least I can faithfully say that many of you who have been around as of late have been cream of the crop so far as fans can go.  Mark, Saucer, MrWhat, Dooky, Jewel, Rowan, Baka-sama... these are just some of the names I often look forward to seeing a forum post made by, because I know they can give me honest and thoughtful answers when discussing El-Hazard "fact".  But this isn't to put down the others either, because it's a variety of people who make up a community.  It's probably mostly the doping effects of the somewhat depressed mood I'm in that I'm not thinking of more.  ;)  (In order of "Top Posting" it's actually Saucer, MrWhat, Mark!  Saucer's in 2nd at the moment.  Only half-way to the top Saucer, Lar's holding first. ;D)



The Bad


Money.  I have approximately $1500 now.  When the check clears at CCAC, I'll be down to about $500.  With books averaging a rediculous $300 all together, I'm down to $200.  Seems okay, right?  Well, my internet costs are $50/mo, not counting any renewals on domains/etc I might have coming up.  Keep in mind its my internet service that powers this place.

Obviously I need employment.  And right now it's not looking good.  I started early this month at the top with hope, and yesterday hit McDonalds with the stabbing pain of anxiety and defeat.  My dad rags me daily with all these ideals and ideas about getting employed, but lately I feel like there's not even a remote chance I'll end up with a job I like... if a job at all.

The idea is, be patient with me; until I'm successfully and securely employed, I'm liable to be shoved out the door every day applying here, there, anywhere.  This makes me grumpy, tired, depressed, and, of course, unable to update or do things for the site as frequently as I'd like.  I'm personally surprised I ever managed to get the site upgraded like I wanted to.  (Fortunately, my experience and working with already developed routines for things made it fairly easy, albeit requiring a short shutdown.)

(So, yeah, Saucer, about all the bitching I did about the thing... sorry about that.  I'm just too irritated that I'm not in the least thinking about things in proper proportions, if that makes any sense.  :P)




Anyway, well, this is my problem to deal with right now, but I'm just keeping you informed in case it becomes your problem somehow.

Other than that, thanks guys, you really make this worthwhile!  And I mean that.  Because despite feeling defeated and disrespected for all the talent I have by the job market and even my own dad, you guys and this place are the one thing that I am truly proud to be a part of, and will continue to build and nuture this place as long as I possibly can.

That's about all for me tonight.  Hopefully slothful ol' Neil actually will have something for us, if he doesn't already.  ;)  'Till next time...


P.S.  The little drawings used in this thread are my sister's one friend's.  Cute things.  I keep forgetting to put them up.   :-[
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2003, 10:34:52 PM »

Hey bro i know i dont post much but I'm sorry to hear about all the hard times you've been having...sucks with teh economy the way it is, a lot of my comp sci friends who are graduating this year are in the same predicament, employment for us comp sci guys hasn't been this low since 1989....:(  but i really do hope things do get better for you and keep your head up, you'll pull through this one, we're all here for you in whatever ways we can.  Good luck.
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2003, 11:27:02 PM »

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(So, yeah, Saucer, about all the bitching I did about the thing... sorry about that.  I'm just too irritated that I'm not in the least thinking about things in proper proportions, if that makes any sense.  :P)

Don't even trip about it! It's all good.

I'm glad this place has lasted as long as it has. No doubt, due to j00r single-minded dedication! Most places on the net don't last very long. Even some of the greatest messageboards and/or sites fall for one reason or another. I think we have a great little community. And, I certainly hope we're able to say the same thing next year at this time! I've met some cool people and had quite a few laughs.

And speaking of bakasam, I wonder what he's up to these days? I haven't seen him around since March.

I know it sucks when you're looking for a job and it just isn't coming through. I had the same probelm a couple years back. You can pull through it though. There will always be jobs that need to be filled. People don't stay in job forever. Especially summer jobs. People just flake out, so something could pop up any time. I'm only being cheery and optomistic because it's happened to me before so I know what you're going through.
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2003, 06:01:38 AM »

Well, what did we say about similarities between us?

I have the same problem right now, although it isn't that hard as your seems to be. I have to pass by the time until I can begin my studying. Also I even don't know what or where to study properly! I have to find a good and nice job for about half a year (and not to forget, a good college!) . But here in germany the situation isn't that different to your situation over there  :P

For now, my primary objective is my finals. And this looks neither good nor bad.

Head up Rob, you gonna find a way. In my appraisal of you I can trust in your skills and abilitys to solve problems. You'll solve this one, too. It's just a matter of time, no other way  ;)

Congratulation to the first anniversity of this page! I hope that I can say that next year, too! May this site last long and grow to a great community!  ;)

I'm here for a short time now, but in that few weeks I got the impression that I really like this place! It's always a pleasure to enter this board, read the forum and PMs, although I haven't posted that much as I would like to. The reason for that is the Internet bills and my parents who always scold me for that. But in a couple of weeks, this might change when I finally got my flatrate  ;) Then I will contribute and help in any way I can!
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2003, 07:38:56 AM »

Right... thanks guys.  I hate that disgusting feeling that perhaps every place I've applied to just crumpled it up and tossed it out.   :-/

I continually hope for a call that I'm able to go to work somewhere...
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2003, 11:00:40 AM »

Just remember: I am sending you money!!! MONEY ROB! MONEY!!! Of corse, seeing as this site seems to be my favourite and has been for absolutely ages, I will get together some more cash and send it to you.

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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2003, 02:00:08 PM »

You know, if this is the only reason you're on the internet, you're obviously not on it for it's intended purposes, ne?

Anyway, Rob, I hope you can fork up that cash. I'd like send you some, but I don't think anyone in my house would approve.
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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2003, 02:28:05 PM »

Um, Lar, really, we're sending Rob money.  ;)  :P


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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2003, 03:58:40 PM »

Sorry. Yes, we are sending you money.
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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2003, 04:07:25 PM »

Ahem...me too!

I hope EHO is still running for many years!

I have been a member here for a while even though i have posted loads of completly and uterly usless posts i still like the site! So i know you will pull through!  :D

I only hope that the money we send you will help!  ;D
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« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2003, 05:19:54 PM »

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You know, if this is the only reason you're on the internet, you're obviously not on it for it's intended purposes, ne?


I dunno.  Isn't the internet supposed to be a collection of knowledge and data?  I think I'm contributing more to it than any of you slackers who just browse it.  *nudges Kiddo*


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I'm sure it will.  :)
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« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2003, 07:16:13 PM »

::is nudged::

... hey! I'm the one who found about half the El-Hazard hentai hidden deep in the roots of this websi-::shot::
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« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2003, 10:00:06 PM »

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That's what I always thought but apparently it's the hidey hole of amature porn stars, porn junkies and puberty stricken teenage boys preying on women for unsolicited cyber sex.

Don't let the net fool you... it's all just a big porn market...
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« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2003, 10:03:35 PM »

Aaaand the admin decided to unsticky the topic and throw it into the ... other place.  ;)
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« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2003, 11:13:16 PM »

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*SIGH* I'll never have to leave the house again....
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